Şehzade Cağ Kebabı – Happy Memories Of The East In Istanbul

Food that’s memorable for all the right reasons; it’s a matter of opinion, of personal experience. For us, our happiest foodie moments in Turkey are ones where the dish is simple, full of flavour, a texture that marries with the food we’re eating…and it’s often a dish that gives you a happy glow, either because […]

Haydarpaşa Cemetery – A Piece Of Commonwealth History In Istanbul

It’s the joy of cities isn’t it? We’d never pretend to be experts on Istanbul but we like to think we have a rough idea of the lay of the land following our numerous visits over the years. But with cities the size of Istanbul, there’s always going to be great little surprises in store. […]

Visiting Topkapı Palace, Istanbul

Welcome to our massive post about one of Istanbul’s (and the world’s) most famous landmarks; the residence of the Ottoman sultans, Topkapı Palace. This post was originally a few separate articles but we’ve brought them all together into one big celebration of Topkapı Palace in Turkey. We’re taking you on a tour of the palace’s decadent […]

The New Karaköy Fish Market & Seafood Dining At Akın Balık

There’s a little corner of Istanbul that’s very special to us. Karaköy Fish Market (Karaköy Balık Pazarı) was not just a market but also a place to go and eat; you could eat anything from üskümrü / hamsi ekmek (mackerel or anchovy sandwich) to fish soup and even a full seafood platter whilst enjoying a […]

Basilica Cistern – Going Tourist In Istanbul

The thing is, when you’ve visited a city so many times, you get settled into wandering streets, previously unknown shops and markets, eateries and bars. Once you’ve visited all the main sights, that’s when you start to really get to know a place, and for us, with Istanbul, that’s definitely been the case. All those […]

Hotel Nena, Sultanahmet – Our Posh Hotel Stay At Not-So-Posh Prices

When we were in Istanbul back in April, you may remember we got to stay in a very swanky apartment overlooking the Bosphorus; an apartment where we felt like we were living in the neighbourhood of Galata for a few days. We also looked around some of the other Istanbul Place Apartments and said we would definitely […]

Istanbul For A Few Days – That’s Where We’ve Been

Yeah, just as we get going on a bit of a roll with blog posts, we’re off again adding to our little Turkish life adventure tally…and therefore adding to our ever-increasing stories we want to tell on the blog by way of words, photos, social media and videos – however it happens on the day. […]

Coupe Lunch Pub, Kadıköy – It’s A Meze Of Beers

Istanbul’s Asian side is not the place that is packed with all the major sights that first or second time visitors flock to the city to see. There are loads of places of interest, of course, in Anatolian Istanbul, but perhaps not places that top your itinerary. However, once you’ve completely fallen in love with […]

Kadıköy Market – Foodie Treats on Istanbul’s Asian Shore

So, we’ve already had the leisurely sail across the the stretch of water where the Bosphorus meets the Marmara Sea and taken in the views from the Eminönü Kadıköy ferry. Now, we’re getting off the ferry to explore a tiny section of the Asian side of Istanbul, Kadıköy – but we want to show you our Kadıköy. […]

Eminönü To Kadıköy – Europe to Asia On An Istanbul Ferry

Over the years, most of our posts about our various jaunts to Istanbul have covered our exploits around the European shores of the city. But, Istanbul also has an Asian side – well you know it’s that famous place in the world (we refuse to type out any of any of those clichés) where you can be on one […]