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 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 »

All things pickled in Kadıköy bazaar

Posted on 27 March 2014

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Özcan Turşuları is my favorite shop with all things pickled in the neighborhood bazaar of Kadıköy. Look around in this shop and you will be amazed by the huge and colorful collection of pickled vegetables, ranging from gherkins, red beets and white cabbage to garlic, green tomatoes and carrots. Everything here is made using traditional… Read more »

Salep, a popular hot drink in winter

Posted on 1 March 2014

The cold months of the year have arrived and with them the street vendors who sell the popular drink salep. This traditional Turkish drink is usually sold on the streets as a hot beverage, but also on the ferries that cross the Bosporus and in some restaurants. Salep is a flour made from the tubers… Read more »

Guidebook writer Pat Yale on my e-book

Posted on 19 December 2013

Hamal, a human pack mule in bazaar district. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

in: TimeOut Istanbul English, December 2013 Marc Guillet has just published a walking guide to Istanbul. Fellow guidebook writer Pat Yale follows him around Kadıköy. “What do you think this used to be?” I’m standing with Dutch journalist Marc Guillet in front of the Kadıköy branch of the chichi small-chain bakery Komşufırın and my eye… Read more »

Strolling through Istanbul with my book

Posted on 15 June 2013

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There is no other city like Istanbul. It is the only metropolis in the world that spans two continents. With my self-guided walks you will be able to enjoy both the past and the contemporary in Turkey’s cultural and commercial capital. As Napoleon reportedly said, ‘If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be… Read more »

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