It was Pulitzer Prize-winning, American Novelist, Edith Wharton who said, “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are,” and this couldn’t ring any truer for how we feel about Istanbul. As captivating as the city’s landscape might be, it wouldn’t be what it is today without the kind and compassionate Turkish people. We had the chance to admire artists within their elements like good friend and Turkish Picasso, Avn Akmehmetoğlu, Ebru Artist, Nesime as well as Suat, a master of shadow puppetry. Locals and good friends, Ümit and Erk took the time to show us around their city, with an unpretentious pride and candidness that epitomizes the vibe of this effervescent city. Istanbul is a spirited city driven by a collective of vibrant cultures and diversity, whose people wholeheartedly carry the backbone of what makes this city so positively special. With all of our hearts, this feature is dedicated to our Turkish friends and to the greater good of humanity that exists at the very core of Istanbul.