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

Love for stray cats

Posted on 4 June 2019

The large number of stray cats that have their home in the neighborhoods of Istanbul is remarkable. They are well fed and look great for stray cats. How is that possible? Keeping pets is a foreign concept in Islamic culture, and dogs are considered unclean animals by pious Muslims. Cats, however, can expect care and… Read more »

Dogwalkers in Istanbul too

Posted on 8 April 2019

The first time I saw professional dog walkers was when I was posted in New York City as a foreign correspondent in 1999. Here in Istanbul I mostly saw stray dogs. Not surprisingly as many pious Muslims consider dogs to be ritually unclean. The last couple of years I see an increasing number of young… Read more »

Oldest graffiti artist adores Atatürk

Posted on 19 March 2019

You will find his work on many walls in Istanbul. On the European as well as on the Asian shores of the Bosporus. I saw him once around 11 PM drawing on exactly this spot in Kadıköy, where the Roma women are selling their flowers. He is retired and in his 70ties. He draws always the… Read more »

Human pack mules of Istanbul

Posted on 14 March 2019

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 »

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 »