But I happen to love Istanbul. Here are some photos!
Baklava, especially in its homeland, tends to be a bit sweet for me. However, I discovered Laz borek in Trabzon, which was possibly the most delightful pastry I've ever eaten. The Laz are an ethnic group along the Black Sea Coast of NE Turkey with shocking red hair and blue eyes. I couldn't stop staring at a couple I saw on a bus. Anyway, the Laz Borek is bigger and squarer than a baklava, with less honey, maybe a dab of sweet cheese and more flaky, buttery pastry. A guy in a restaurant talked me into trying one -- hard sell, yes -- and it was absolutely fantastic.
A little too sweet for me
The Turks don't usually have their panties in a bunch about Israel and the Palestinians, so I thought this poster was interesting. I only saw it on one wall on Istiklal Caddesi. It says "Israel: a Humiliating Experience for Humanity" in English and Turkish.
They could serve fried ass-fat at 360 restaurant and it would probably taste OK with this view.