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

Oldest graffiti artist adores Atatürk

Posted on 28 September 2018

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 »

Kadıköy one of the the coolest hoods in the world

Posted on 26 September 2018

Kadıköy, an old, laid-back cosmopolitan and residential neighborhood with curving streets on Istanbul’s Asian shore, has grown enormously in popularity in recent years. It is the cultural heart of the Asian side of Istanbul and definitely the hippest place to stay, eat, drink and hang out. This hood should be on everyone’s travel bucket list right… Read more »

One day in Istanbul. What to do?

Posted on 4 September 2018

Planning a trip is like solving a puzzle.  It involves putting together different pieces of curated information about a city and making the right choices that will satisfy your unique interests and curiosities. This indeed can be said for literally any city. However when you are planning a trip to a city that sits on… Read more »

Shortest ‘metro’ line in the world: Tünel

Posted on 2 September 2018

Istanbul was the second city in Europe – after London – that had an underground rapid transit system constructed. When it opened in 1874 it got the name “The Metropolitan Railway of Constantinople From Galata to Pera”. It is an impressive name for the shortest ‘metro line’ in the world: it has only one stop!… Read more »

Enjoy Turkish basil

Posted on 1 September 2018

They are back! All over Istanbul at bars & restaurants: plants in little pots. I love their aroma. Basil emits its aroma without crushing the leaves, and they are great to control mosquitoes; they hate basil aroma. To keep the mosquitoes away from your body, rub a handful of crushed basil leaves on your skin…. Read more »