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

Street vendors give Istanbul extra charm

Posted on 4 September 2019

One of the many charms of Istanbul is that you still find lots of street vendors, also called hawkers, everywhere. They sell all kinds of merchandise or provide services like shining your shoes. It reminds me of my youth in the south of the Netherlands where I saw them selling sweets, or shoe shine, or sharpening… Read more »

Turkish is easy!

Posted on 17 August 2019

Reading and speaking Turkish is easy: all words are written and pronounced phonetically. Even if you don’t know what the words mean, you can still pronounce them without any mistake, after learning the pronunciation of the letters. I will teach you in 15 minutes! Until 1928, Ottoman Turkish – the language of the educated few… Read more »

Shortest ‘metro’ line in the world: Tünel

Posted on 24 July 2019

Istanbul was the second city in Europe – after London – that had an underground rapid transit system constructed. When it opened in 1874 it got the name “The Metropolitan Railway of Constantinople From Galata to Pera”. It is an impressive name for the shortest ‘metro line’ in the world: it has only one stop!… Read more »

Hotels with swimming pools

Posted on 19 July 2019

Lots of tourists want to relax in a swimming pool after a busy and tiring day of sight-seeing in Istanbul. So which hotels are equipped with a swimming pool? I found several in the touristic heart of Istanbul, in the district Sultanahmet with the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Hippodrome,… Read more »

Kadıköy one of the the coolest hoods in the world

Posted on 14 July 2019

Kadıköy, an old, laid-back cosmopolitan and residential neighborhood with curving streets on Istanbul’s Asian shore, has grown enormously in popularity in recent years. It is the cultural heart of the Asian side of Istanbul and definitely the hippest place to stay, eat, drink and hang out. This hood should be on everyone’s travel bucket list right… Read more »