When Orient seduces Occident passion can only be reciprocal, and from their union, dynasties of beautiful children are born. Established around the Bosporus, they cultivate cultural lavishness with their eclectic accents. This condensed richness is diffused in the turquoise waters and reaches to the surrounding coast of the Aegean Sea, itself heart-struck by the Mediterranean. So close to home, yet so far away. The temptation to disembark and get a taste of the country's rich heritage is so strong, akin to an attempt at taming the Trojan horse. As the dark settles in, thousands of votives light up from the Bazaar, narghile pipes fill the atmosphere with their intoxicating smell, and Arabian nights' unique hospitality stands out as evidence.