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

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 »

Bosphorus Spot to Warm the Culinary Heart

Posted on 4 February 2019

Friday night frolicking began with a walk down memory lane. (Literally way down a huge decline and through a dark laneway.) A pre-dinner night time stroll through Ulus Park, where you can breathe in perhaps the best view in Istanbul at night (too amazing to capture on film), reminiscing and working up an appetite were… Read more »

Boza, an Ottoman fermented ‘milkshake’

Posted on 28 January 2019

Photos  ©  Slawomira Kozieniec The strangest tasting drink I had in Turkey? Defenitely ‘Boza’. A kind of ‘milkshake’ type of drink without milk. The taste is between sour and sweet. It is a malt drink made from fermented wheat in Turkey, maize (corn) and wheat in Albania, and wheat or millet in Bulgaria and Romania…. Read more »

‘The Hood’ a welcome addition to Istanbul’s foodie scene

Posted on 23 January 2019

Hovering like a big blue monstrosity over the Kadıköy skyline sits the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Not the most glamorous sky scraper but none the less, a part of the skyline with an uninterrupted view of the Bosphorus, literally the best view on the Asian side of Istanbul. All set to release their new restaurant… Read more »

Stroll through Kadıköy and Moda in Asia

Posted on 2 January 2019

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 »