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

Tea culture, the Turkish way

Posted on 8 November 2015

Turks drink çay (tea) every day, all day. For Turkish people conversations without tea are like a night sky without the moon. The tea culture in Turkey is much less complicated than in Britain or Japan. Tea is poured into lovely little tulip-shaped glasses and is hot, dark red and strong. It is consumed without milk…. Read more »

Shortest ‘metro’ line in the world: Tünel

Posted on 4 November 2015

Underground railway Tunel. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

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 »

Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

Posted on 6 October 2015

namli ontbijt

The old neighborhood of Karaköy, next to the Galata bridge on the northern shore of the Golden Horn, is undergoing a fast gentrification as well, like all the other hoods of historic Istanbul. I love to have breakfast in the Namli deli before I stroll again through the backstreets of this old district, that was… Read more »

House cat of Tünel

Posted on 1 September 2015

Istanbul has many feral cats. Most of them are born in the wild and have never been socialized. But on the streets of this town you will also find feral cats that have been socialized to a degree as neighbors feed them regularly. You see them lying on books of book sellers, on chairs, on… Read more »

Wine House since 1914: Viktor Levi

Posted on 29 August 2015

When visiting Istanbul you definitely should check out the Asian side of the city as well. Kadıköy is my favourite district. It is a large, populous, and cosmopolitan part of Istanbul, on the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara, facing the historic city centre on the European side of the Bosporus. It is the… Read more »

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