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

Hand-carved tiles of Harem severely damaged

Posted on 21 March 2011

National and international film directors are increasingly starting to use the palace and the harem as a film set, further causing damage to the centuries-old buildings. Hit TV shows like “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century) have reawakened interest in Turkey’s Ottoman past, yet this popularity has failed to prevent the empire’s most famous landmark from… Read more »

Live music tonight in Istanbul

Posted on 18 March 2011

What to do after your dinner tonight in Istanbul? Enjoy! M.F.Ö. @ JOLLY JOKER BALANS Mirror Ball (Is kule) – organized by UptownEvents Dj.Dr. DEEP (dressing code – fine, cool, stylish) Martin Buttrich LIVE (Desolat, DE) @ 11:11 LUX – The Lord Of Groove DARREN ROACH! Mirror Lounge (Asmali) Goodoubets (Timuçin & Giray) KOÇANİ ORCHESTRE… Read more »

Delicious ‘Shovel Pig’ in Bistro Zenka

Posted on 15 March 2011

Newly acquired and newly renovated bistro Zenka offers an exciting eating experience in Cihangir’s ever-changing restaurant scene. I missed the cozy atmosphere of the old Zenka at first, but then began to enjoy the new one once I sat down. However, as with just about every Turkish oriented run eatery in the city there is… Read more »

Nostalgia in Koç Museum with street organs

Posted on 10 March 2011

Longing for some nostalgia? For mechanical music instruments from the days of gas lamps, steam engines and horse power? The days of yesteryear when the gramophone and radio were not even on the horizon. “Invisible Musicians” at Istanbul’s Rahmi M. Koç Museum will give you a glimpse in those long forgotten ages. The exhibition features… Read more »

Enjoy shopping paradise Istanbul

Posted on 7 March 2011

“I think I am going to have a problem from now on, because once you are used to Istanbul, everything else just disappoints”, an expat partner told me recently. “Can you imagine a better ‘shopper’s paradise’ than Istanbul? I never buy anything in other countries anymore. When I go shopping for clothes, the selection is… Read more »