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

Shortest ‘metro’ line in the world: Tünel

Posted on 14 April 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 12 April 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 »

Istanbul most popular city destination

Posted on 8 April 2014

Istanbul voted most popular tourist destination in the annual Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards by TripAdvisor, the Daily Mail reports today. TripAdvisor publishes every year its Top 25 destinations world wide; a ranking that has been compiled by the votes of millions of travelers. Read the article and see the photos here on this site http://dailym.ai/1e9nMnR… Read more »

Taxi’s in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 1 April 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 »

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 31 March 2014

Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque is one of the great must-see attractions of the old city. In the heart of the original site of the city of Byzantium. The mosque is known for its six minarets and the blue-and-white tiles from the Turkish city Iznik that cover the interior of this sultan’s mosque. After this 17th century… Read more »

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