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

Human pack mules of Istanbul

Posted on 10 October 2017

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 »

Useful apps in Istanbul

Posted on 8 October 2017

You want to know where the taxi closest to you is, but don’t see one anywhere? Curious where the growing number of street art is? Or you just want to know what Turkish words you should use? Here are several of the most useful apps in Istanbul. http://www.seslisozluk.net/ Dictionary https://bitaksi.com/ For taxis http://www.streetart-istanbul.com/ Street art More about these… Read more »

Roasted chestnuts as a snack

Posted on 2 October 2017

First there is the smoke from a distance. Coming closer to the source of the smoke you smell something that reminds you of barbecue. But this is different. It is roasted as meat, but in a more gentle way. ‘Kestane kebab’ (roasted chestnuts) shouts the street vendor. With a small metal grip he is putting… Read more »

Taxis in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 14 September 2017

Here are my do’s and don’ts when using taxis 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 »

Tips for women who travel solo to Istanbul

Posted on 2 September 2017

No Single Woman Traveler Ever Should Feel Lonely in Istanbul Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Are you a female solo traveler heading to Istanbul? Don’t worry. Istanbul will take care of you like no place else – and that is regardless of how much money you have in your pocket! I traveled alone all my life – except… Read more »