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

Jewish museum in Muslim city

Posted on 30 March 2016

Istanbul always has been a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural city. In neighborhoods like Fener and Balat, Karaköy, Ortaköy, Beyoglu, Kuzguncuk and Kadiköy you will still find mosques, synagogues, Armenian, Greek and other churches. Not much is left of the vibrant life and culture of the non-Muslim communities. The minorities suffered heavily in the early days… Read more »

Top 5 Tips by British Consul-General

Posted on 18 February 2016

A conservatively-dressed couple sit quietly in a park, kissing.  A valet pilots Range Rovers outside a posh business restaurant.  A transvestite burlesque dancer belts out a song to a packed house of, mostly, women.  A pale new moon rises over a mosque between two skyscrapers.  A band of pigeon-fanciers clusters round a wooden cage of… Read more »

Salep, a popular hot drink in winter

Posted on 29 October 2015

The cold months of the year are on the way and with them the street vendors who sell the popular drink salep. This traditional Ottoman drink is usually sold on the streets as a hot beverage, but also on the ferries that cross the Bosporus and in some restaurants like Mado. Salep is a flour… Read more »

Enjoy unorthodox biography of Beyoglu

Posted on 2 January 2015

For those who are fascinated by the ever changing city of Istanbul, there are always new stories and facts to discover. I’m very happy to read that John Freely, the British historian of Istanbul (known from his book ‘Strolling Through Istanbul’, with Hilary Sumner Boyd), has written a new guide book “Galata, Pera, Beyoglu: A… Read more »

Strolling through Istanbul with my book

Posted on 12 December 2014

There is no other city like Istanbul. It is the only metropolis in the world that spans two continents. With my self-guided walks you will be able to enjoy both the past and the contemporary in Turkey’s cultural and commercial capital. As Napoleon reportedly said, ‘If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be… Read more »