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

Hagia Sophia in top 10 of most beautiful buildings

Posted on 23 January 2016

Hagia Sophia. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

The Lonely Planet website has chosen Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in its list of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Hagia Sophia “is the great architectural landmark at the heart of Istanbul, with its four minarets poised like moon-bound rockets,” the website said. Constructed in the 6th century A.D. as an Orthodox church, Hagia Sophia… Read more »

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 22 January 2016

Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque – officially the sultan Ahmet 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, built on the site of the former, most important Byzantine palace, is known for its six minarets and the blue-and-white… Read more »

Taxi’s in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 9 January 2016

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 »

Modern and traditional toilets ala Turka

Posted on 5 January 2016

 In Istanbul’s old town, with all the touristic high lights, many public restrooms are not in a good condition. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has promised to renovate existing facilities, including those in mosques, and construct new, modern ones. “There are often questions surrounding the cleanliness of public restrooms, so the municipality will initiate a project to… Read more »

Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

Posted on 2 January 2016

namli ontbijt

The old neighborhood of Karaköy, next to the Galata bridge on the northern shore of the Golden Horn, is undergoing a fast gentrification as well, like all the other hoods of historic Istanbul. I love to have breakfast in the Namli deli before I stroll again through the backstreets of this old district, that was… Read more »

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