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

Discover Taksim and Beyoğlu

Posted on 15 December 2011

  Taksim, also known as Beyoğlu, is the modern part of Istanbul and the symbol of modern Turkey. It was always the district where most non-Muslim foreigners lived since Ottoman times. Here you find most pubs, restaurants and trendy shops; most live music venues and art galleries. And the biggest catholic church of Istanbul. In… Read more »

Walk through trendy Cihangir

Posted on 27 July 2011

This is the district of the old bourgeoisie, built in the 19th century, has an atmosphere that reminds us of Paris. Writers, reporters, artists and foreigners live here who work for diplomatic missions, at schools and foreign companies. An area that overlooks the Bosporus, the old city and the Golden Horn. You will enjoy the boutiques,… Read more »

Walk from Eyüp to Mehmet the Conqueror

Posted on 27 July 2011

Visit the tomb of the holy Eyüp Ensari, the friend and standard bearer of the Prophet Muhammad, outside the old city walls and walk towards the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. You can walk along the path that is the last leg of the Sultans Trail, a fascinating new long distance walk from Vienna… Read more »

Strolling through conservative Fatih

Posted on 2 April 2011

Discover the old, religious Istanbul. Visit the big mosque and the mausoleum of sultan Mehmet II, named the Conqueror (Fatih in Turkish) because he conquered the magnificent Christian city of Constantinople in 1453. You can see  surviving gates where the Turkish soldiers entered Constantinople and the Gul mosque, a former church of the saint and… Read more »