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 24 November 2017

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 3 November 2017

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 »

“Ottomania” is everywhere

Posted on 2 November 2017

The first thing that struck me visiting Istanbul in the summer of 2006 after having spent seven years in the U.S. was the fast changing face of the city. Shanty buildings were destroyed. Green areas, playgrounds and parks were created. Ottoman mosques, cemeteries, wooden houses and imperial palaces were cleaned and repaired, spurred by a… 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 »

Prefab Iron Church in Istanbul

Posted on 26 February 2016

Istanbul has a very special church. A Bulgarian orthodox church: St Stephen of the Bulgarians (1896). What makes it so special is that it is one of the world’s few surviving prefabricated cast iron churches. That’s why the St. Stephen’s church is commonly known as the ‘Iron Church’ in Istanbul. I think this historical prefab… Read more »