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

Stroll through Kadıköy and Moda in Asia

Posted on 30 August 2018

Visit Kadıköy, on the Asian side of Istanbul. Start from Eminönü or Karaköy by ferry boat. Kadıköy is the oldest part of Istanbul, settled in 676 b.C. by Greeks as Chalcedon. Byzantium, on the European side was settled by other Greeks nine years later. The oldest part of the city but certainly not an old… Read more »

Bomontiada: live music, food, art, drinks

Posted on 24 July 2018

It was a Friday night and the kick off of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul. As a group of fresh-out-of-university people we were looking forward to enjoy Ilhan Ersahin’s tunes. (https://open.spotify.com/artist/5aweKNLI0ZyI48q5TmoCxT) They combine electronic music with saxophone and sounds from the Middle East. (I recommend you continue reading with Ilhan Ersahin playing in the… Read more »

Hotels with swimming pools

Posted on 26 June 2018

Lots of tourists want to relax in a swimming pool after a busy and tiring day of sight-seeing in Istanbul. So which hotels are equipped with a swimming pool? I found several in the touristic heart of Istanbul, in the district Sultanahmet with the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Hippodrome,… 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 »

Beware of the shoeshine trick!

Posted on 18 May 2018

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 »