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 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 »

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 »

Listen to the Bosporus

Posted on 7 January 2015

What makes Istanbul Istanbul is not the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque, but the Bosporus. This fascinating city wouldn’t be the famous city it is without the Bosporus. The strait connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmaris. And it divides the city between Europe and Asia. The waterway is 32 km long,… Read more »

Eat like a local on the streets of Istanbul

Posted on 8 December 2014
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Snacks can be enjoyed anywhere on the streets of Istanbul. There is a big variety. From stuffed mussels to roasted chestnuts. And roasted or boiled corn on the cobs to sesame pretzels (simit) and all kinds of roasted nuts, roasted intestines (iskembe), and sandwiches with grilled fish. Here are some examples from photographer Slawomira Kozieniec.

Discover remarkable Istanbul

Posted on 7 May 2012

Explore the many layers of history that make up the fabric of Istanbul while strolling through the back streets of Istanbul’s ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts. TAKSIM AND BEYOĞLU. This district is the symbol of modern Istanbul, with a lot of Ottoman, multi-cultural flavor from the time that Istanbul was still Constantinople. CIHANGIR. The cosy neighborhood of the… Read more »