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

Jewish museum in Muslim city

Posted on 30 March 2016

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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 »

Dutch photographer explores Istanbul

Posted on 29 March 2016

Dutch photographer Ahmet Polat opened his new exhibition in Gallery X-ist. He lives now for more than 10 years in the city and this is his second exhibition in which he explores life in the mega city. His first exhibition was in 2007. Born in Roosendaal in the Netherlands in 1978, Polat studied photography at the… Read more »

Beautiful Ortaköy Mosque

Posted on 23 March 2016

Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec I love the small and beautiful Ortaköy Mosque (Ortaköy Camii in Turkish). Officially the name is Büyük Mecidiye Camii – Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid. This house of prayer is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosporus. The building was… Read more »

Taxi’s in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 18 March 2016

Ttaxi in Istanbul. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

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 »

Digital exhibition Picturesque Istanbul

Posted on 10 March 2016

Travel paintings and gravures depicting Istanbul have been made for centuries. They are in museums all over the world. The recently renovated Naval Museum in Istanbul organizes an exhibition with the latest technology to show the visitors paintings and gravures as digital travel books. open from 12 March – May 22 For more information read… Read more »

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