The literature of Istanbul

Istanbul literature is one of the most diverse and riches literatures in the world. It pretty much cover the traditional literature of Istanbul to a modern and western one. Their literature can be divided into three periods reflecting the history of Turkish...

Mosque Rules and Etiquette

When you happen to visit the city of Istanbul, chances are that you’ll be visiting a mosque at one time or another. You’d be better so, if not, you will be missing out on several of Istanbul’s most beautiful sightseeing spots, such as the Blue Mosque and the...

Unconventional Things to do in Istanbul

Normally, when you read a blog post or any article regarding the beautiful city of Istanbul, you’d read the most common and most visited tourist attraction in the city, these are big historical sites like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, and the Spice...

Istanbul’s Ferry and Sea Bus

Istanbul is surrounded and divided by bodies of water. As a result, you’ll see a bustling activity of floating devices on the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara and in the Golden Horn. A whole array of water- borne craft, ranging from privately owned (fishing) boats, over...

The Grand Bazaar – Bazaar of all bazaars

A trip to Istanbul is incomplete without a visit to the Grand Bazaar. But hold your horses. Without proper advice, what is supposed to be a great oriental bargain hunt may become a big disillusion at best, or even become a small nightmare. The Grand Bazaar (Kapalı...

The Golden Horn

Before you express your presumptions, no, this is not an animal’s precious golden horn. Rather, it is an inlet of the Bosphorus with two rivers draining into it at the far end. It is considered to be the world’s largest natural harbor and separates the European shore...

A Smoke Free Istanbul

Sadly, a not so good news for chain smokers but definitely a great one for those who do not and greatly affected with second hand smokes. As of today, smoking in Istanbul is banned in all enclosed public places. These are cafes, restaurants and bars. But with 22...

The Dolmuş or Shared Taxi

Dolmuş (though sounds strange) is a nifty transportation in Istanbul. The word itself comes from the Turkish word for filled, stuffed or full, and refers to the yellow shared taxis or minibuses that operate in Istanbul. They are an easy, quick and useful means of...

Places to see the Whirling Dervishes

So you ask what on earth Whirling Dervishes are. Okay, before you go out and see the Whirling Dervishes it is best to know what it is right? So, let’s get to know them a little more. The Whirling Dervishes took their name from Jelaleddin Rumi (1207-1273), the mystical...

Taxi rides in Istanbul 2

You might need more tips in riding taxis in Istanbul, so here’s the second part. One important thing to consider before riding a taxi is the time of the day. Be reminded that day & night rates vary. Upon entering the taxi, a flat or starting rate will appear....