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 21 August 2015

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 »

Walk through Kadıköy and Moda in Asia

Posted on 3 January 2015

Small Armenian church in the heart of Kadiköy

Visit Kadıköy, on the Asian side of Istanbul. Start from Eminönü by ferry boat. Kadıköy is the oldest part of Istanbul, settled in 676 b.C. by Greeks as Chalcedon. Byzantion, on the European side was settled by other Greeks nine years later. The oldest part of the city but certainly not an old fashioned or… Read more »

Discover remarkable Istanbul

Posted on 7 May 2012

Shoppen in Cihangir. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Explore the many layers of history that make up the fabric of Istanbul while strolling through the back streets of Istanbul’s ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts. TAKSIM AND BEYOĞLU. This district is the symbol of modern Istanbul, with a lot of Ottoman, multi-cultural flavor from the time that Istanbul was still Constantinople. CIHANGIR. The cosy neighborhood of the… Read more »

Renovation of Atatürk Cultural Center

Posted on 17 February 2012

Ataturk Kultur Merkezi. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

The Atatürk Cultural Center in Istanbul’s Taksim Square will finally undergo a thorough restoration and renovation. The building has been closed for 8 years already while the bureaucrats, politicians, engineers, architects and other experts were unable to make an agreement on the project. The TL 30 million (€13 million) project will be sponsored by the… Read more »

Nâzım Hikmet’s tea garden in Kadıköy

Posted on 15 January 2012

Nazim Hikmet tea garden and culture center in Kadikoy. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

Today is the birthday of Turkish most famous poet Nâzım Hikmet (January 15, 1902). His 110th birthday will be celebrated during a series of events organized in collaboration with the Nazım Hikmet Culture and Arts Foundation and Beşiktaş Municipality. The event series include a “Nazım Hikmet Theater Posters Exhibition,” “Nazım Hikmet Panel from Past to… Read more »

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