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

Street art in Istanbul on free app

Posted on 1 September 2014

grafitti

 Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec I love good street art. Since I started to live in Istanbul I have seen the street art scene developing very fast. The quality is getting better every year. For all of you who want to discover en enjoy the products of these artists there is now a new app developed by… Read more »

Topkapı, an intriguing Ottoman palace

Posted on 29 August 2014

Main gate of Topkapı Palace. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

The Topkapı Palace is the oldest and also the most Ottoman of all Turkish palaces. It is different from palaces in the rest of Europe. It reminds you of a tent camp of nomads built of stone, as the palace is not a single large structure like Buckingham Palace or Versailles, but a collection of… Read more »

Hotels with swimming pools

Posted on 27 August 2014

Swimming pool at hotel Sultania

Lots of tourists want to relax in a swimming pool after a busy and tiring day of sight-seeing in Istanbul. So which hotels are equipped with a swimming pool? I found several in the touristic heart of Istanbul, in the district Sultanahmet with the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Hippodrome,… Read more »

Top 10 romantic experiences in Istanbul

Posted on 25 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 »

Modern and traditional toilets ala Turka

Posted on 23 August 2014

 In Istanbul’s old town, with all the touristic high lights, many public restrooms are not in a good condition. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has promised to renovate existing facilities, including those in mosques, and construct new, modern ones. “There are often questions surrounding the cleanliness of public restrooms, so the municipality will initiate a project to… Read more »

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