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

Beware of the shoeshine trick!

Posted on 5 May 2016

Just ignore any shoe shine man of boy who ‘accidentally’ drops his shoeshine brush. It is a classic trick to get your attention. Many will feel the urge of warning the poor man and he will put you under pressure tho shine your shoes. You will always pay too much. Look at this video how… Read more »

Jewish museum in Muslim city

Posted on 30 March 2016

joods museum istanbul

Istanbul always has been a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural city. In neighborhoods like Fener and Balat, Karaköy, Ortaköy, Beyoglu, Kuzguncuk and Kadiköy you will still find mosques, synagogues, Armenian, Greek and other churches. Not much is left of the vibrant life and culture of the non-Muslim communities. The minorities suffered heavily in the early days… Read more »

Dutch photographer explores Istanbul

Posted on 29 March 2016

Dutch photographer Ahmet Polat opened his new exhibition in Gallery X-ist. He lives now for more than 10 years in the city and this is his second exhibition in which he explores life in the mega city. His first exhibition was in 2007. Born in Roosendaal in the Netherlands in 1978, Polat studied photography at the… Read more »

Beautiful Ortaköy Mosque

Posted on 23 March 2016

Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec I love the small and beautiful Ortaköy Mosque (Ortaköy Camii in Turkish). Officially the name is Büyük Mecidiye Camii – Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid. This house of prayer is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosporus. The building was… Read more »

Taxi’s in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 18 March 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 »

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