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

Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Posted on 9 March 2018

The Blue Mosque – officially the sultan Ahmet Mosque – is one of the great must-see attractions of the old city. In the heart of the original site of the city of Byzantium. The mosque, built on the site of the former, most important Byzantine palace, is known for its six minarets and the blue-and-white… Read more »

Prefab Iron Church in Istanbul

Posted on 1 February 2018

Istanbul has a very special church. A Bulgarian orthodox church: St Stephen of the Bulgarians (1896). What makes it so special is that it is one of the world’s few surviving prefabricated cast iron churches. That’s why the St. Stephen’s church is commonly known as the ‘Iron Church’ in Istanbul. I consider this historical prefab… Read more »

Eat like a local on the streets of Istanbul

Posted on 8 December 2014
This post contains a photo album with 28 images.

Snacks can be enjoyed anywhere on the streets of Istanbul. There is a big variety. From stuffed mussels to roasted chestnuts. And roasted or boiled corn on the cobs to sesame pretzels (simit) and all kinds of roasted nuts, roasted intestines (iskembe), and sandwiches with grilled fish. Here are some examples from photographer Slawomira Kozieniec.

Istanbul most popular city destination

Posted on 8 April 2014

Istanbul voted most popular tourist destination in the annual Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards by TripAdvisor, the Daily Mail reports today. TripAdvisor publishes every year its Top 25 destinations world wide; a ranking that has been compiled by the votes of millions of travelers. Read the article and see the photos here on this site… Read more »

Saudis, British & Russians spend most

Posted on 25 July 2012

British, Saudi Arabian and Azeri tourists have spent the most in Turkey in the first four months of the year, according to a report by Visa. There has been a 14 percent year-over-year increase from the same period last year, daily Milliyet reported July 20. Foreign tourists have spent a total of 508 million euros… Read more »

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