Like Paris there are layers and layers in Istanbul. Beyoglu is the European neighborhood built when French style set the standard. The stately shopping boulevard, Istiklal, is now a
mishmish of brands like Darty, Gap, Starbucks, Benetton housed in restored 19th century busy-ness buildings. The covered passages alongside recall the same in Paris.
In a total contrast is the working class suburbs of Uskudar on the Asian side across the Bosphorus. Here the style is much more traditional. Trench coats with full head scarves are a must for the stylishly devout.
I was looking forward to the Spice Bazaar but it was so crowded I foot like I was being pressed into a Turkish confection.