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

Istanbul to get new mini-metro system

Posted on 2 February 2012

 Istanbul’s metro system will soon feature a new “mini-metro” that will ultimately connect the neighborhoods of Levent and Aşiyan, Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbaş has announced. The project will be built within two years and will connect the Aşiyan neighborhood, which is along the Bosphorus, to the main Istanbul metro line via a 730-meter funicular… Read more »

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 »

Manço’s mansion is now a museum

Posted on 5 November 2011

Barış Manço, the late popsinger, composer, song-writer and musician, remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey. One of the ferry boats on the route between Kadiköy , on the Asian side of Istanbul, and Karaköy, on the European side, is named after him. In the Moda neighbourhood, where he had a mansion,… Read more »

Babylon, my favorite live music club

Posted on 29 September 2011

Undisputed No. 1 by far is Babylon on my list of the ten best live music and dance clubs in Istanbul. For over ten years Babylon has been a prominent venue for live music because of its excellent programming. Except in Summer, the rest of the year they have several concerts a week. Babylon presents a… Read more »

Cappadocian white wine is the hero

Posted on 19 August 2011

As a regular to the Four Seasons Friday night wine tastings, tonight’s selection provided further insight into the viticulture industry here in Turkey. La dégustation de vin started on a promising note with the Côtes d’Avanos Narince- Chardonnay. A strong citrus nose of lemon and orange mixed with an obvious woody aroma, gave way to… Read more »