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The five places that made me: Ray Martin

I love the fact that top Australian current affairs journalist Ray Martin was scared, lost and happy in Istanbul - after all, isn't that true culture shock? He name the Turkish capital in a list of his top five places that made me, for Traveller.

"I was culturally and physically out of my comfort zone and I loved it, from the incessant bargaining and arm-twisting of the Grand Bazaar to the Muslim mystique of the Blue Mosque, down the grimy side alleyways and into smokey coffee shops," he says.

To read more about his top five places, which range from Launceston, Tasmania to New York City, click here for the article, which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers' Traveller section.

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