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

Ottoman haircut experience

Posted on 4 August 2017

One of the fun things to do while you are in Istanbul is enjoying a unique haircut experience. An Ottoman haircut experience to be more precisely. A lot of traditional neighborhood barbers still offer the same services as in the time of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1923). Traditional barber shops don’t only offer a haircut, they… Read more »

Hotels with swimming pools

Posted on 9 July 2017

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 »

Taxi’s in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 4 July 2017

Here are my do’s and don’ts when using taxi’s in Istanbul. Based on my own experiences and those of tourists who send me their experiences on my site. I have met a lot of nice, helpful and friendly taxi drivers in Istanbul. But there are also cabbies in this city who want to make some… Read more »

Yoga & Pilates in Istanbul

Posted on 21 June 2017

In a busy city like Istanbul where people are stressed in life, in traffic and in the workplace many people could benefit from yoga, meditation, and pilates. Cihangir Yoga is one of the locations in Istanbul where lessons are given. It is like an oasis of stillness where you breath, move and exercise with a… Read more »

Enjoy Turkish basil

Posted on 16 June 2017

They are back! All over Istanbul at bars & restaurants: plants in little pots. I love their aroma. Basil emits its aroma without crushing the leaves, and they are great to control mosquitoes; they hate basil aroma. To keep the mosquitoes away from your body, rub a handful of crushed basil leaves on your skin…. Read more »