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Trip Report Do some cities lose their appeal after a repeat visit?

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Have you ever travelled back to your favourite city, only to realize it's no longer your favourite?

I was really looking forward to my third visit to Istanbul.
It was seven years ago when I first visited Turkey. Standing on the ferry and gazing at Istanbul's minaret-dotted skyline, I thought this must be the most beautiful city in the world. I loved it so much I planned a second visit, which left me equally impressed.

But on my third visit, my enthusiasm was starting to wane. This time I ventured into the Western Districts to explore Eyup and Kariye Church. To be honest, I truly hated this part of Istanbul. The area around Eyup reeked of sewage and was depressingly conservative. The ratio of veiled women to non-veiled must have been 9/10. I don't mind the hijab but it was sad to see progressive Turkey slowly turn into another Iran.

The views from the much-hyped Pierre Lotti café were nothing special.

Istiklal Street, with its charmless shops and bars, has outdone La Ramblas in its tackiness. I still have a fondness for the Bosphorus towns and Beyoglu, but Istanbul is no longer my favorite city.

I guess some love affairs aren't meant to last forever.

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