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 4 March 2019

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 »

Beware of the shoeshine trick!

Posted on 25 February 2019

Just ignore any shoe shine man of boy who ‘accidentally’ drops his shoeshine brush. It is a classic trick to get your attention. Many will feel the urge of warning the poor man and he will put you under pressure tho shine your shoes. You will always pay too much. Look at this video how… Read more »

Guidebook writer Pat Yale on my e-book

Posted on 20 February 2019

Published in: Time Out Istanbul English Marc Guillet has just published a walking guide to Istanbul. Fellow guidebook writer Pat Yale follows him around Kadıköy. “What do you think this used to be?” I’m standing with Dutch journalist Marc Guillet in front of the Kadıköy branch of the chichi small-chain bakery Komşufırın and my eye… Read more »

Best blogs on Istanbul & Turkey

Posted on 13 February 2019

Leyla Yvonne Ergil has gathered a list of the best blogs on Istanbul and Turkey. My blog Enjoy Istanbul is mentioned too of course. Check them out! ULTIMATE LIST OF EXPAT BLOGS ON TURKEY By: Leyla Yvonne Ergil In: Daily Sabah There are a wide number of expat bloggers in Turkey sharing their experiences and… Read more »

Turkish is easy!

Posted on 23 December 2018

Reading and speaking Turkish is easy: all words are written and pronounced phonetically. Even if you don’t know what the words mean, you can still pronounce them without any mistake, after learning the pronunciation of the letters. I will teach you in 15 minutes! Until 1928, Ottoman Turkish – the language of the educated few… Read more »