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

Human pack mules of Istanbul

Posted on 19 December 2018

Whenever you stroll through the district of the Covered Bazaar and the Egyptian or Spice Bazaar you probably will see human pack mules with all sorts of cargo on their backs. Bent over, groaning under their unimaginable huge burdens, they trudge through the streets, up the hills, and even up the stairs in the wholesale… Read more »

Street vendors give Istanbul extra charm

Posted on 21 November 2018

One of the many charms of Istanbul is that you still find lots of street vendors, also called hawkers, everywhere. They sell all kinds of merchandise or provide services like shining your shoes. It reminds me of my youth in the south of the Netherlands where I saw them selling sweets, or shoe shine, or sharpening… Read more »

Taxis in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 5 November 2018

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 »

Flea market impressions in Feriköy

Posted on 12 October 2018

Nightlife at The old brewery is not the only entertainment in the Bomonti hood of Istanbul. Sunday mornings are worth spending there as well. Istanbul is full of new structures and experiences, but the flea market in the Feriköy district of Bomonti offers a unique time travel through the cultural heritage of the city and… Read more »

“Ottomania” is everywhere, even in burgers

Posted on 4 October 2018

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 »