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Marmara Coast

Marmara Coast May 17, 2011 | free, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Istanbul is at a junction point of the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. The very famous Bosphorus is the canal that locates itself at the connection of both Seas. This unique combo of multiple Seas on all sides of the city create a nice opportunity for the nature lovers: they can enjoy the seaside, whilst...

Mother’s Day This Weekend

May 7, 2011 | Events, free | Read More
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/14793404[/vimeo] This Sunday (May 8) is the Mother’s Day in Turkey. If you have not yet bought an outstanding gift for you mother or made one yourself, consider taking her to Istanbul Modern Museum. A nice embedded video from Vimeo is available for you to see the inner...

Mahmutpaşa Camii

Mahmutpaşa Camii April 27, 2011 | free, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
As we leave the shopping festival behind, it may be time to focus back on history, the city and sight-seeing. As such, one of the places that you should make time to see, whilst in Istanbul is the Mahmutpaşa Mosque. It would not be totally out of your way, as it is in the proximity of the Grand Bazar. What...

Strolling Through Sultanahmet Vol.1

Strolling Through Sultanahmet Vol.1 March 15, 2011 | Food, free, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
A few weeks ago was a rainy day in Istanbul. With a gray sky and a soft rain, there were few options on how to spend the day. One could go to a cinema, luck themselves up at the gym, get a nice back massage and do a spa day or stay in, watch DVD. I would have gone for the massage  and the spa; but a...

Visit Istanbul’s Balat Neighborhood Before It Changes Forever

Visit Istanbul’s Balat Neighborhood Before It Changes Forever February 27, 2011 | free, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Toward the shores of the Golden Horn — a historic estuary dividing Istanbul’s old city and forming a natural harbor — you will find a rare historic neighborhood away from the bustling city life downtown. The neighborhood of Balat derives its name from its former role as a 15th-century...

Şark Han

Şark Han January 5, 2011 | free, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Şark Han is a funny, must-see place in Eminönü. It is a giftware sale house with five floors and over 200 stores. The sale items are all arriving from China and hence most store owners are indeed Chinese. In Turkey there is a common phrase: “1 YTL stuff”. Şark Han is the home of such...

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas December 13, 2010 | Events, free | Read More
Once again another “we don’t do this” blog articles… Now you must already be aware that we “do” New Year’s Eve; since I have already blogged about what you might end up doing on that Eve… However, us Turks do not exactly celebrate the Christmas. We never...

Things to do ideas for the Bayram -Visitors

Things to do ideas for the Bayram -Visitors November 17, 2010 | free, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
If you will are visiting Istanbul this week, you may have already noticed that it is not a regular week. You may have noticed that the banks are closed, in fact if you were already here yesterday, you would have noticed that many restaurants and shops were also closed -unless you went a mall. That is...

News from Yesterday

News from Yesterday July 1, 2010 | free | Read More
If you were around Taksim yesterday in the evening, you may have seen what I saw and wondered, what the, is that? There was a tram full of musicians playing typical belly-dancing music (sometimes referred to as Roman music), while the tram ran up and down the Istiklal. When I saw the band, they were...

Sunset Silhouettes in Istanbul

June 22, 2010 | free, Romantic, Things to Do | Read More
Nothing better and more soothing, pacifying and more romantic than watching the sunset reflect on the tip of mosque or Bosphorus from the top of anywhere in Istanbul. When accompanied by a glass of cool wine or well-brewed Turkish tea, it feels as if the world is yours. The following are a few places...