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

Istanbul most popular city destination

Posted on 8 April 2014

Istanbul voted most popular tourist destination in the annual Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards by TripAdvisor, the Daily Mail reports today. TripAdvisor publishes every year its Top 25 destinations world wide; a ranking that has been compiled by the votes of millions of travelers. Read the article and see the photos here on this site http://dailym.ai/1e9nMnR… Read more »

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 31 March 2014

Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque is one of the great must-see attractions of the old city. In the heart of the original site of the city of Byzantium. The mosque is known for its six minarets and the blue-and-white tiles from the Turkish city Iznik that cover the interior of this sultan’s mosque. After this 17th century… Read more »

Dan Brown draws visitors 2 Basilica Cistern

Posted on 3 February 2014

Basilica Cistern Istanbul

My granddaughter Tessa was here with us in Istanbul for the Christmas holidays. One of the places she wanted to visit again was the mystery world of the underground Basilica Cistern. For several days we strolled in the neighborhood of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, Every time we looked at the entrance of… Read more »

Istanbul’s historic skyline protected

Posted on 3 December 2013

The top floors of the three massive skyscrapers spoiling Istanbul’s historic silhouette should be trimmed, an Istanbul court has ruled. According to the ruling, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality must enforce the demolition of stories clearly visible in the panorama behind the Süleymaniye Mosque on the city’s historic peninsula within 30 days. The construction of the… Read more »

Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

Posted on 22 October 2013

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… Read more »

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