Napoleon Bonaparte said, “If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.” It’s easy to see what he meant when you walk through the markets and shop lined streets. This is the center of everything that is commerce between Europe, Asia, and Africa. “Come in my friend. We make you good price.”
You’re not allowed to leave Israel without a visit to the Dead Sea. It’s not actually a law but it might as well be. Passport control should ask every visitor that question as they arrive. “How long is your stay? Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables? Have you arranged to visit the Dead Sea yet?” It’s practically required. There was no way we were leaving Israel without taking a dip in one of the world’s most famous bodies of water.