The first target was Istanbul (right), which in 1989 you could reach for an impressive pounds 109 return - including accommodation. The pound bought just 5,000 Turkish lire, compared with two-thirds of a million now. But the city was much the same as it is now: a glorious confusion of antiquity, humanity and vitality, where East meets West and goes out for a long, animated meal.
The "48 hours in ..." series has gradually become a mainstay of The Independent's travel section, expanding to cover nearly a full page and include a detailed map. It has also spawned all manner of imitators, starting with a Spanish travel magazine ("48 horas en...").
In this country, another national newspaper decided that it could not improve upon the format, nor the title; and, last month, some more sincere flattery came along: guess what a new magazine called Escape Routes has decided to christen its city break series. Yes, that's right - they went for "48 hours in ...".Reuse content