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

‘9.5 million visitors to Istanbul in 2012’

Posted on 6 July 2012

A city trip to Istanbul is increasingly popular. The number of tourists visiting Istanbul significantly increased in the first half of this year. According to the latest figures released by Istanbul Culture and Tourism Directorate, the number of tourists visiting Istanbul reached a peak of 4.2 million, increasing 18 percent, compared to the same period… Read more »

Babylon, my favorite live music club

Posted on 29 September 2011

Undisputed No. 1 by far is Babylon on my list of the ten best live music and dance clubs in Istanbul. For over ten years Babylon has been a prominent venue for live music because of its excellent programming. Except in Summer, the rest of the year they have several concerts a week. Babylon presents a… Read more »

Cappadocian white wine is the hero

Posted on 19 August 2011

As a regular to the Four Seasons Friday night wine tastings, tonight’s selection provided further insight into the viticulture industry here in Turkey. La dégustation de vin started on a promising note with the Côtes d’Avanos Narince- Chardonnay. A strong citrus nose of lemon and orange mixed with an obvious woody aroma, gave way to… Read more »

Basilica Cistern, romantic and mysterious

Posted on 6 August 2011

Just beneath the surface of the old districts of Istanbul there are surprising things to discover. One of the most well known tourist attractions is the underground reservoir just across the Aya Sofya. It is called the Basilica Cistern, because of its presumed location underneath the Roman Ilius Basilica which stood here. The Cistern was… Read more »

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 »