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

Tips for women who travel solo to Istanbul

Posted on 7 August 2015

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No Single Woman Traveler Ever Should Feel Lonely in Istanbul Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Are you a female solo traveler heading to Istanbul? Don’t worry. Istanbul will take care of you like no place else – and that is regardless of how much money you have in your pocket! I traveled alone all my life – except… Read more »

Beautiful Ortaköy Mosque

Posted on 3 August 2015

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 »

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 13 July 2015

Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque – officially the sultan Ahmet 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, built on the site of the former, most important Byzantine palace, is known for its six minarets and the blue-and-white… Read more »

Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

Posted on 6 May 2015

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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 was… Read more »

Dan Brown draws visitors Basilica Cistern

Posted on 5 May 2015

Basilica Cistern Istanbul

My granddaughter Tessa (11) was here with us in Istanbul for the fifth time. She will be back in the Summer. Istanbul is her favorite city. And one of her favorite places she wanted to visit again was the mystery world of the underground Basilica Cistern. For several days we strolled in the neighborhood of… Read more »

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