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

Kadıköy, a ‘foodies’ delight!

Posted on 18 August 2011

As a resident on the European side of Istanbul, the hustle and bustle becomes an integral part of every day life. One needs to escape and feel a sense of space and there is nothing like a relaxing ferry ride across the Bosporus to ease the tension of the working week. Half way through the… Read more »

Basilica Cistern, romantic and mysterious

Posted on 6 August 2011

Just beneath the surface of the old districts of Istanbul there are surprising things to discover. One of the most well known tourist attractions is the underground reservoir just across the Aya Sofya. It is called the Basilica Cistern, because of its presumed location underneath the Roman Ilius Basilica which stood here. The Cistern was… Read more »

Walk through trendy Cihangir

Posted on 27 July 2011

This is the district of the old bourgeoisie, built in the 19th century, has an atmosphere that reminds us of Paris. Writers, reporters, artists and foreigners live here who work for diplomatic missions, at schools and foreign companies. An area that overlooks the Bosporus, the old city and the Golden Horn. You will enjoy the boutiques,… Read more »

Walk from Eyüp to Mehmet the Conqueror

Posted on 27 July 2011

Visit the tomb of the holy Eyüp Ensari, the friend and standard bearer of the Prophet Muhammad, outside the old city walls and walk towards the mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. You can walk along the path that is the last leg of the Sultans Trail, a fascinating new long distance walk from Vienna… Read more »

Çiya restaurant: A gustatory adventure

Posted on 9 July 2011

The best place to enjoy Ottoman, Kurdish and Turkish dishes in Istanbul is Çiya on the Asian side of the Bosporus tucked within the Kadiköy neighborhood’s fish and vegetable bazaar. Actually there are three Çiya restaurants, all by the same proprietor. The oldest and coziest to have a meal with friends is the Çiya Sofrası. The… Read more »