When people ask me what my most favorite city in the world is, I usually give them three answers. First is Prague. Even though I wasn't born there, I lived in Prague for most of my mid and late 20s, and I expect to spend there most of my life. Second is New York, a city where I currently live and will always hold close to my heart (and my stomach). Last but not least is Istanbul, a city where I have been returning to as a visitor most often. The spring of 2018 marked my sixth visit since I had set my foot in here for the first time in 2009. And as I’m writing this photo journal six months later, there is something inside my head telling me that I will come back again soon.
One warm Saturday evening in June, I was sitting in a beer garden in New Jersey working on an episode about 10 Best Things in New York City for the Honest Guide's YouTube channel, and I got an email with an offer I couldn't have refused. Stefan Roesch, the author of The Experiences of Film Location Tourists, invited me to speak at a film tourism conference in Amman, Jordan to help Jordanian film and tourism authorities capitalize on film production and tourism and explore the country's vast array of film locations firsthand. Two years of hard work on film tourism projects in the Czech Republic have not been forgotten, I thought to myself.