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

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 17 December 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 »

Prefab Iron Church in Istanbul

Posted on 17 December 2014

St Stephen's church

Istanbul has a very special church. A Bulgarian orthodox church: St Stephen of the Bulgarians (1896). What makes it so special is that it is one of the world’s few surviving prefabricated cast iron churches. That’s why the St. Stephen’s church is commonly known as the ‘Iron Church’ in Istanbul. I think this historical prefab… Read more »

Best blogs on Istanbul & Turkey

Posted on 14 December 2014

Leyla Yvonne Ergil has gathered a list of the best blogs on Istanbul and Turkey. My blog Enjoy Istanbul is mentioned too of course. Check them out! ULTIMATE LIST OF EXPAT BLOGS ON TURKEY By: Leyla Yvonne Ergil In: Daily Sabah There are a wide number of expat bloggers in Turkey sharing their experiences and… Read more »

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 »

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