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

Spicy vegetarian snack: çiğ köfte

Posted on 18 December 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 »

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 17 December 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 »

Prefab Iron Church in Istanbul

Posted on 17 December 2014

St Stephen's church

Istanbul has a very special church. A Bulgarian orthodox church: St Stephen of the Bulgarians (1896). What makes it so special is that it is one of the world’s few surviving prefabricated cast iron churches. That’s why the St. Stephen’s church is commonly known as the ‘Iron Church’ in Istanbul. I think this historical prefab… Read more »

Jewish museum in Istanbul

Posted on 16 December 2014

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 »

Best blogs on Istanbul & Turkey

Posted on 14 December 2014

Leyla Yvonne Ergil has gathered a list of the best blogs on Istanbul and Turkey. My blog Enjoy Istanbul is mentioned too of course. Check them out! ULTIMATE LIST OF EXPAT BLOGS ON TURKEY By: Leyla Yvonne Ergil In: Daily Sabah There are a wide number of expat bloggers in Turkey sharing their experiences and… Read more »

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