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

Tips for women who travel solo to Istanbul

Posted on 27 February 2019

No Single Woman Traveler Ever Should Feel Lonely in Istanbul Photos  © Slawomira Kozieniec Are you a female solo traveler heading to Istanbul? Don’t worry. Istanbul will take care of you like no place else – and that is regardless of how much money you have in your pocket! I traveled alone all my life –… Read more »

Beware of the shoeshine trick!

Posted on 25 February 2019

Just ignore any shoe shine man of boy who ‘accidentally’ drops his shoeshine brush. It is a classic trick to get your attention. Many will feel the urge of warning the poor man and he will put you under pressure tho shine your shoes. You will always pay too much. Look at this video how… Read more »

Guidebook writer Pat Yale on my e-book

Posted on 20 February 2019

Published in: Time Out Istanbul English Marc Guillet has just published a walking guide to Istanbul. Fellow guidebook writer Pat Yale follows him around Kadıköy. “What do you think this used to be?” I’m standing with Dutch journalist Marc Guillet in front of the Kadıköy branch of the chichi small-chain bakery Komşufırın and my eye… Read more »

Tea culture, the Turkish way

Posted on 5 February 2019

Turks drink çay (tea) every day, all day. For Turkish people conversations without tea are like a night sky without the moon. The tea culture in Turkey is much less complicated than in Britain or Japan. Tea is poured into lovely little tulip-shaped glasses and is hot, dark red and strong. It is consumed without milk…. Read more »

Human pack mules of Istanbul

Posted on 19 December 2018

Whenever you stroll through the district of the Covered Bazaar and the Egyptian or Spice Bazaar you probably will see human pack mules with all sorts of cargo on their backs. Bent over, groaning under their unimaginable huge burdens, they trudge through the streets, up the hills, and even up the stairs in the wholesale… Read more »