The article on Istanbul in this issue marks the first time that we ever had a Turkey feature in the magazine. So, anxious to atone for this omission, we return to Turkey in January 2009 to report on the recent important archaeological discoveries at Allianoi. In hidden europe 24, we shall also reflect on how it feels to visit places that have seen recent wars and atrocities. Is Sarajevo okay, but Srebrenica a step too far? Then there is street art in Angoulême, Bauhaus architecture in Dessau and Slovakia's new coins. Our January issue will be mailed to reach subscribers just in time to provide a fine distraction from any Hogmanay hangover.