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

Chaotic piles of wood

Posted on 1 December 2018

Whenever you see a chaotic pile of wood while strolling the backstreets of Istanbul, you can be sure that this is the new delivery for one of the many traditional wood-burning stone ovens where artisan breads or lahmacun – Turkish pizza – are baked.

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 »

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 »

Hagia Sophia in top 10 of most beautiful buildings

Posted on 23 May 2018

The Lonely Planet website has chosen Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in its list of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Hagia Sophia “is the great architectural landmark at the heart of Istanbul, with its four minarets poised like moon-bound rockets,” the website said. Constructed in the 6th century A.D. as an Orthodox church, Hagia Sophia… Read more »

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 9 March 2018

The Blue Mosque – officially the sultan Ahmet Mosque – is one of the great must-see attractions of the old city. In the heart of the original site of the city of Byzantium. The mosque, built on the site of the former, most important Byzantine palace, is known for its six minarets and the blue-and-white… Read more »