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

Taxis in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 29 June 2019

Here are my do’s and don’ts when using taxis in Istanbul. Based on my own experiences and those of friends and other visitors who send me their experiences on my site. I have met a lot of nice, helpful and friendly taxi drivers in Istanbul. But there are also cabbies in this city who want… Read more »

Shopping for antiques in Çukucuma

Posted on 15 May 2019

 A very authentic neighborhood to shop for antiques is Çukucuma. Old furniture and other outdated stuff from elderly people who leave their houses in the neighboring districts of Cihangir and Beyoğlu is here to be found. A quiet hood with lots of conservative and pious migrants from villages and little towns of Anatolia. According to… Read more »

“Ottomania” is everywhere, even in burgers

Posted on 18 April 2019

The first thing that struck me visiting Istanbul again in the summer of 2006, after having spent seven years in the U.S., was the fast changing face of the city. Many squatter’s houses (‘gecekondu’ in Turkish and translated as ‘built overnight’) in shanty-neighborhoods had been destroyed or were gradually demolished and replaced by modern mass-housing compounds developed by the… Read more »

Modern and traditional toilets ala Turka

Posted on 25 March 2019

 In Istanbul’s old town, with all the touristic high lights, many public restrooms are not in a good condition. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has promised to renovate existing facilities, including those in mosques, and construct new, modern ones. “There are often questions surrounding the cleanliness of public restrooms, so the municipality will initiate a project to… Read more »

Oldest graffiti artist adores Atatürk

Posted on 19 March 2019

You will find his work on many walls in Istanbul. On the European as well as on the Asian shores of the Bosporus. I saw him once around 11 PM drawing on exactly this spot in Kadıköy, where the Roma women are selling their flowers. He is retired and in his 70ties. He draws always the… Read more »