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

Haunted House on the Bosporus

Posted on 6 April 2018

Passing along the shore of the Bosporus, I am always amazed by the mansions and kiosks on both sides. For how long they have been standing there? Who have lived there? What kind of lives the current residents are living? What is it like waking up to the view of the Bosporus? Inspirational? Refreshing? Fortunate?… Read more »

“Ottomania” is everywhere

Posted on 28 March 2018

The first thing that struck me visiting Istanbul in the summer of 2006 after having spent seven years in the U.S. was the fast changing face of the city. Shanty buildings were destroyed. Green areas, playgrounds and parks were created. Ottoman mosques, cemeteries, wooden houses and imperial palaces were cleaned and repaired, spurred by a… Read more »

‘The Hood’ a welcome addition to Istanbul’s foodie scene

Posted on 23 March 2018

Hovering like a big blue monstrosity over the Kadıköy skyline sits the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Not the most glamorous sky scraper but none the less, a part of the skyline with an uninterrupted view of the Bosphorus, literally the best view on the Asian side of Istanbul. All set to release their new restaurant… Read more »

Taxis in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 19 March 2018

Here are my do’s and don’ts when using taxis in Istanbul. Based on my own experiences and those of friends and other visitors 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… Read more »

Boza, an Ottoman fermented ‘milkshake’

Posted on 15 March 2018

Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec The strangest tasting drink I had in Turkey? Defenitely ‘Boza’. A kind of ‘milkshake’ type of drink without milk. The taste is between sour and sweet. It is a malt drink made from fermented wheat in Turkey, maize (corn) and wheat in Albania, and wheat or millet in Bulgaria and Romania. It… Read more »