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

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 »

Shortest ‘metro’ line in the world: Tünel

Posted on 2 September 2018

Istanbul was the second city in Europe – after London – that had an underground rapid transit system constructed. When it opened in 1874 it got the name “The Metropolitan Railway of Constantinople From Galata to Pera”. It is an impressive name for the shortest ‘metro line’ in the world: it has only one stop!… Read more »

Modern and traditional toilets ala Turka

Posted on 12 March 2018

 In Istanbul’s old town, with all the touristic high lights, many public restrooms are not in a good condition. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has promised to renovate existing facilities, including those in mosques, and construct new, modern ones. “There are often questions surrounding the cleanliness of public restrooms, so the municipality will initiate a project to… Read more »

Best blogs on Istanbul & Turkey

Posted on 9 February 2018

Leyla Yvonne Ergil has gathered a list of the best blogs on Istanbul and Turkey. My blog Enjoy Istanbul is mentioned too of course. Check them out! ULTIMATE LIST OF EXPAT BLOGS ON TURKEY By: Leyla Yvonne Ergil In: Daily Sabah There are a wide number of expat bloggers in Turkey sharing their experiences and… Read more »

Ottoman haircut experience

Posted on 4 February 2018

One of the fun things to do while you are in Istanbul is enjoying a unique haircut experience. An Ottoman haircut experience to be more precisely. A lot of traditional neighborhood barbers still offer the same services as in the time of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1923). Traditional barber shops don’t only offer a haircut, they… Read more »