Ferry dock with Blue Mosque in the background. Istanbul had a huge impact on me. I'd never seen anything like it. A sprawling, bustling capital of an entire world I knew nothing about. This has been a critically important spot and a rich, powerful community for thousands of years. I'd been to places like London and Athens before, but nowhere with the continuity of Istanbul. My first day there was the first time I'd ever heard the call to prayer and an entire new world opened in front of me. It was tremendously exciting. Istanbul was a fantastic place. Great food, lots of interesting things to see and great photo subjects. I'd go back in a second.