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

Tips for women who travel solo to Istanbul

Posted on 27 February 2019

No Single Woman Traveler Ever Should Feel Lonely in Istanbul Photos  © Slawomira Kozieniec Are you a female solo traveler heading to Istanbul? Don’t worry. Istanbul will take care of you like no place else – and that is regardless of how much money you have in your pocket! I traveled alone all my life –… Read more »

Beware of the shoeshine trick!

Posted on 25 February 2019

Just ignore any shoe shine man of boy who ‘accidentally’ drops his shoeshine brush. It is a classic trick to get your attention. Many will feel the urge of warning the poor man and he will put you under pressure tho shine your shoes. You will always pay too much. Look at this video how… Read more »

Tea culture, the Turkish way

Posted on 5 February 2019

Turks drink çay (tea) every day, all day. For Turkish people conversations without tea are like a night sky without the moon. The tea culture in Turkey is much less complicated than in Britain or Japan. Tea is poured into lovely little tulip-shaped glasses and is hot, dark red and strong. It is consumed without milk…. Read more »

Turkish is easy!

Posted on 23 December 2018

Reading and speaking Turkish is easy: all words are written and pronounced phonetically. Even if you don’t know what the words mean, you can still pronounce them without any mistake, after learning the pronunciation of the letters. I will teach you in 15 minutes! Until 1928, Ottoman Turkish – the language of the educated few… 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 »