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

Topkapı, an intriguing Ottoman palace

Posted on 8 July 2019

Topkapı Palace is the oldest and also the most Ottoman of all Turkish palaces. It is different from palaces in the rest of Europe. It reminds you of a tent camp of nomads built of stone, as the palace is not a single large structure like Buckingham Palace or Versailles, but a collection of relatively… Read more »

Visit Museum of Innocence of Orhan Pamuk

Posted on 27 May 2019

Visitors, who come to the Museum of Innocence to see the tragic love story of Füsun and Kemal, to remember and cherish the memory of a lost city, and also to ‘console themselves by the things’, will be able to hear the story of the Museum from the voice of Orhan Pamuk himself with audio… Read more »

Walk in the footsteps of Orhan Pamuk

Posted on 1 November 2018

By Nick Augusteijn Some people know Istanbul from a travel agency advertisement, a website or a newspaper. Others may have seen Istanbul in a movie or saw the city featured in a documentary. Still others know the city from hearsay. Some, on the other hand, know Istanbul from the works of Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk…. Read more »

Jewish museum in Muslim city

Posted on 30 March 2016

Istanbul always has been a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural city. In neighborhoods like Fener and Balat, Karaköy, Ortaköy, Beyoglu, Kuzguncuk and Kadiköy you will still find mosques, synagogues, Armenian, Greek and other churches. Not much is left of the vibrant life and culture of the non-Muslim communities. The minorities suffered heavily in the early days… Read more »

Strolling through Istanbul with my book

Posted on 12 December 2014

There is no other city like Istanbul. It is the only metropolis in the world that spans two continents. With my self-guided walks you will be able to enjoy both the past and the contemporary in Turkey’s cultural and commercial capital. As Napoleon reportedly said, ‘If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be… Read more »