Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Bomontiada: live music, food, art, drinks

Posted on 4 November 2017

It was a Friday night and the kick off of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul. As a group of fresh-out-of-university people we were looking forward to enjoy Ilhan Ersahin’s tunes. (https://open.spotify.com/artist/5aweKNLI0ZyI48q5TmoCxT) They combine electronic music with saxophone and sounds from the Middle East. (I recommend you continue reading with Ilhan Ersahin playing in the… Read more »

Ottoman haircut experience

Posted on 4 August 2017

One of the fun things to do while you are in Istanbul is enjoying a unique haircut experience. An Ottoman haircut experience to be more precisely. A lot of traditional neighborhood barbers still offer the same services as in the time of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1923). Traditional barber shops don’t only offer a haircut, they… Read more »

Top 10 romantic experiences in Istanbul

Posted on 11 December 2014

“Whether you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime Valentine’s Day trip, a honeymoon, or simply looking for love, Istanbul’s exotic mosaic of tastes, sounds and aromas will surely sweep you away.” Top 10 romantic experiences in Istanbul: 1.)    Take a walk at Akinti Burnu (Arnavutköy) along the Bosporus Straight 2.)    Blend into the local crowd at the Bebek… Read more »

Artistic cats on Istanbul streets

Posted on 1 October 2012

 Four-meter-tall cats are set to prowl the streets of Istanbul again as the enormously successful social creativity project iKEDi returns to the city once again after a two-year break. As part of iKEDi, residents of Istanbul have been invited again to participate in large-scale puppetry workshops that will be held in public spaces throughout the… Read more »

Rembrandt @ Sakip Sabanci Museum

Posted on 10 June 2012

The wonderful exhibition “Where Darkness Meets Light… Rembrandt and His Contemporaries – The Golden Age of Dutch Art” has been extended to June 17! This is your last chance to see these fantastic works of art in Istanbul! Go and enjoy! On the occasion of the celebration of 400 years of diplomatic and trade relations… Read more »