In the last few weeks Istanbul has been a transit point between Asia, the US and out east. Not a bad place to spend a day or two recovering from jet lag. People have asked me recently if they should go to Turkey given the recent protests. The answer : 'Duh?". Stay out of Taksim Square, not so much due to the protests but that is now painted over (potted plants added in Gezi!), cleaned up and frankly boring. Follow the light and you won't go wrong.