( CNN) Nowhere does fusion like the best of Istanbul, a metropolis that owes just as much to its centuries of biography as it does to its arrival as one of the most dynamic cities in Asia or Europe.
But, predominantly, the best of Istanbul is a jumble of task, over 14 million citizens strong, from celebrants staggering out of saloons at 4 a.m. to imams calling the faithful out to devotion at dawn.
You can hear the hustle just as surely as you can see it. The horns of impatient taxi operators. The lilting musics of street musicians. The laugh of children. The clinking of raki glass. And ever, the sobbing bawlings of seagulls overhead.