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 20 August 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 »

Human pack mules of Istanbul

Posted on 19 August 2014

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

Whenever you stroll through the district of the Covered Bazaar and the Egyptian or Spice Bazaar you probably will see human pack mules with all sorts of cargo on their backs. Bent over, groaning under their unimaginable huge burdens, they trudge through the streets, up the hills, and even up the stairs in the wholesale… Read more »

Top 10 romantic experiences in Istanbul

Posted on 18 August 2014

“Whether you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime Valentine’s Day trip, a honeymoon, or simply looking for love, Istanbul’s exotic mosaic of tastes, sounds and aromas will surely sweep you away.” Top 10 romantic experiences in Istanbul: 1.)    Take a walk at Akinti Burnu (Arnavutköy) along the Bosporus Straight 2.)    Blend into the local crowd at the Bebek… Read more »

Turkish & Italian cuisine in Tophane

Posted on 17 August 2014

Sitting around the grill at Peymane. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Are you in for something different? When you enter the new Peymane – La Cucina restaurant in the Tophane neighborhood of Istanbul you will be surprised. The restored old Ottoman buildings next to a historical Italian church and the residence of the Consul-General of Italy, actually houses two different restaurants. On the top floor is… Read more »

Spicy vegetarian snack: çiğ köfte

Posted on 16 August 2014

Cig kofte in a wrap. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Most friends look at me with suspicion when I introduce them to an unfamiliar kind of Turkish snack, çiğ köfte, and translate it into English: seasoned raw meatballs. You see them thinking: ‘no raw meat for me, because that has been sitting around in the sun breeding bacteria; I don’t want to spoil the rest… Read more »

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