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

Grand Bazaar celebrates 550th birthday

Posted on 15 June 2011

Istanbul’s famous historic marketplace, the Grand Bazaar, will celebrate its 550th birthday this year with a series of cultural events. The Covered Bazaar was constructed upon an order by sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror in 1461. The Kapalı Çarşı, as the bazaar is known in Turkish, is one of the oldest and largest covered markets… Read more »

Topkapı palace most popular

Posted on 10 June 2011

The former palace of the sultans, Topkapı Palace, in the old quarters of Istanbul was the most popular tourist attraction in 2010. More than 3.58 million people visited the buildings where the royal family lived for four centuries and the sultan ruled the Ottoman Empire until the middle of the 19th century. The tourist brought… Read more »

Turkish wines and organic cheese!

Posted on 20 April 2011

After having attended many wine tasting in the past I decided it was time to hold my own Dégustation de vin chez moi. It is difficult to choose wine to taste when you are unfamiliar with the local wine, so a touch of the familiar and a touch of the unfamiliar were necessary for this… Read more »

Strolling through conservative Fatih

Posted on 2 April 2011

Discover the old, religious Istanbul. Visit the big mosque and the mausoleum of sultan Mehmet II, named the Conqueror (Fatih in Turkish) because he conquered the magnificent Christian city of Constantinople in 1453. You can see  surviving gates where the Turkish soldiers entered Constantinople and the Gul mosque, a former church of the saint and… Read more »

Une Soirée Parisienne! by IWI

Posted on 1 April 2011

Every spring, the International Women of Istanbul (IWI) hosts a dinner and dancing themed event in effort to raise funds for IWI-supported charities. This year, we are having Une Soirée Parisienne! Join us for a fun filled evening featuring: *Wine and Champagne *French cocktail & dinner (regular or vegetarian) *French entertainment, Dancing & Surprises See… Read more »