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

Turks drink most tea in the world

Posted on 30 November 2018

Not in China, nor in the United Kingdom people drink most tea in the world, but in Turkey. No less than 3.16 kg per person per year. Tea is part of Turkish culture. Offering a glass tea to any stranger and all guests is a traditional token of Turkish hospitality. Most restaurants offer tea for… Read more »

Street vendors give Istanbul extra charm

Posted on 21 November 2018

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 »

Walk in the footsteps of Orhan Pamuk

Posted on 1 November 2018

By Nick Augusteijn Some people know Istanbul from a travel agency advertisement, a website or a newspaper. Others may have seen Istanbul in a movie or saw the city featured in a documentary. Still others know the city from hearsay. Some, on the other hand, know Istanbul from the works of Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk…. Read more »

Tips for women who travel solo to Istanbul

Posted on 14 October 2018

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 »

Flea market impressions in Feriköy

Posted on 12 October 2018

Nightlife at The old brewery is not the only entertainment in the Bomonti hood of Istanbul. Sunday mornings are worth spending there as well. Istanbul is full of new structures and experiences, but the flea market in the Feriköy district of Bomonti offers a unique time travel through the cultural heritage of the city and… Read more »