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

Listen to the Bosporus

Posted on 14 November 2014

Ortaköy mosque and bridge over the Bosporus. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

What makes Istanbul Istanbul is not the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque, but the Bosporus. This fascinating city wouldn’t be the famous city it is without the Bosporus. The strait connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmaris. And it divides the city between Europe and Asia. The waterway is 32 km long,… Read more »

Taxi’s in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 12 November 2014

Ttaxi in Istanbul. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Here are my do’s and don’ts when using taxi’s in Istanbul. Based on my own experiences and those of tourists who send me their experiences on my site. I have met a lot of nice, helpful and friendly taxi drivers in Istanbul. But there are also cabbies in this city who want to make some… Read more »

Shortest ‘metro’ line in the world: Tünel

Posted on 25 October 2014

Underground railway Tunel. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Istanbul was the second city in Europe – after London – that had an underground rapid transit system constructed. When it opened in 1874 it got the name “The Metropolitan Railway of Constantinople From Galata to Pera”. It is an impressive name for the shortest ‘metro line’ in the world: it has only one stop!… Read more »

Hotels with swimming pools

Posted on 27 August 2014

Swimming pool at hotel Sultania

Lots of tourists want to relax in a swimming pool after a busy and tiring day of sight-seeing in Istanbul. So which hotels are equipped with a swimming pool? I found several in the touristic heart of Istanbul, in the district Sultanahmet with the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Hippodrome,… Read more »

Top 10 romantic experiences in Istanbul

Posted on 25 August 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 »

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