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

Modern and traditional toilets ala Turka

Posted on 12 March 2018

 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 »

Buy your lottery ticket at Nimet Abla

Posted on 9 December 2017

It is cold in Istanbul. But that doesn’t seem to bother Turks who have been flocking to lottery ticket agencies to buy tickets for the big New Year’s lottery. The most popular place to buy your tickets is the Nimet Abla kiosk in the Eminönü district next to the Yeni Camii (New Mosque) and the Spice… Read more »

Top 5 Tips by British Consul-General

Posted on 18 February 2016

A conservatively-dressed couple sit quietly in a park, kissing.  A valet pilots Range Rovers outside a posh business restaurant.  A transvestite burlesque dancer belts out a song to a packed house of, mostly, women.  A pale new moon rises over a mosque between two skyscrapers.  A band of pigeon-fanciers clusters round a wooden cage of… Read more »

House cat of Tünel

Posted on 1 September 2015

Istanbul has many feral cats. Most of them are born in the wild and have never been socialized. But on the streets of this town you will also find feral cats that have been socialized to a degree as neighbors feed them regularly. You see them lying on books of book sellers, on chairs, on… Read more »

Street art in Istanbul on free app

Posted on 15 January 2015

 Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec I love good street art. Since I started to live in Istanbul I have seen the street art scene developing very fast. The quality is getting better every year. For all of you who want to discover en enjoy the products of these artists there is now a new app developed by… Read more »