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

How to drink Turkish coffee

Posted on 2 March 2017

Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Modern coffee bars like Starbucks and Turkish counterparts like Kahve Dünyası and Mado, where a range of Western coffees are sold, are found in Istanbul’s tourist and upscale westernized districts. In most restaurants bars in the old city they have all kinds of western style coffees too. Elsewhere in the city, the… Read more »

Turkish Wines Sommeliers’ Selection

Posted on 28 February 2017

Question: Where would you find 179 different wines, 40 Turkish wine producers, 2 Master Sommeliers, 1 Timeout award winning Dutch chef, 4 tasting rooms, a wine tasting Master class, Turkish cheese galore, Derun sourdough, many ‘would be, could be’ wine experts, 1 Dutch journalist and Foodie Frolics? Answer: At the Sommeliers’ Selection Turkey this past… Read more »

Oldest graffiti artist adores Atatürk

Posted on 24 February 2017

You will find his work on many walls in Istanbul. On the European as well as on the Asian shores of the Bosporus. I saw him once around 11 PM drawing on exactly this spot in Kadıköy, where the Roma women are selling their flowers. He is retired and in his 70ties. He draws always the… Read more »

Human pack mules of Istanbul

Posted on 5 February 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 »

Shortest ‘metro’ line in the world: Tünel

Posted on 19 January 2017

Istanbul was the second city in Europe – after London – that had an underground rapid transit system constructed. When it opened in 1874 it got the name “The Metropolitan Railway of Constantinople From Galata to Pera”. It is an impressive name for the shortest ‘metro line’ in the world: it has only one stop!… Read more »