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

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 5 April 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 »

Tips for women who travel solo to Istanbul

Posted on 24 March 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 »

Recommended hotels in Istanbul

Posted on 13 March 2015

Here is my list of good hotels in several districts of Istanbul, recommended by tourists who have stayed there. Do you have any others? Good or bad experiences with these hotels? Please share it here on this site! Hotels in touristic Sultanahmet district Celal Sultan Erbil Santa Sophia Hali Ipek Palace Orsep Royal Sumengen Avicenna… Read more »

Dan Brown draws visitors Basilica Cistern

Posted on 1 March 2015

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 »

Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

Posted on 22 February 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 »

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