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

Dutch designers @ Istanbul Design Biennial

Posted on 29 October 2014

Dutch designer Jacob de Baan will join Istanbul Design Biennial and Istanbul Design Week with a series of shows and events. One year after he moved to Istanbul, Jacob presents new products and projects directly born on Bosphorus. The lighting series SAFIR (sapphire) is his latest design and it is highly inspired by Istanbul. Its… Read more »

Salep, a popular hot drink in winter

Posted on 28 October 2014

The cold months of the year are on the way and with them the street vendors who sell the popular drink salep. This traditional Ottoman drink is usually sold on the streets as a hot beverage, but also on the ferries that cross the Bosporus and in some restaurants like Mado. Salep is a flour… Read more »

Shortest ‘metro’ line in the world: Tünel

Posted on 25 October 2014

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 »

Lokma, hot & sweet Ottoman snack

Posted on 21 October 2014

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Photos by Slawomira Kozieniec In the winter months I see all kinds of warm street snacks popping up in Istanbul. Lokma is one of them. The Turkish word lokma means ‘mouthful’ or ‘morsel’. Just recently a couple of young men started to sell these lokma tatlısı (deep fried dough balls), soaked in sugar syrup in… Read more »

Strolling through Istanbul with my book

Posted on 15 October 2014

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There is no other city like Istanbul. It is the only metropolis in the world that spans two continents. With my self-guided walks you will be able to enjoy both the past and the contemporary in Turkey’s cultural and commercial capital. As Napoleon reportedly said, ‘If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be… Read more »

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