Eminönü To Kadıköy – Europe to Asia On An Istanbul Ferry

Over the years, most of our posts about our various jaunts have covered our exploits around the European shores of Istanbul. 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 continent, … [Read more...]

Çiğ Köfte – With Meat Or Without Meat?

We're sure he won't mind us telling you this - well, we're telling you anyway, aren't we - but our lovely friend Anıl, Mr Tech Expert, foXnoMad, has a bit of a penchant for (or addiction to) çiğ köfte. He loves the stuff. In March-April of this year, he came to stay with us in Fethiye for a few … [Read more...]

Istanbul: Egyptian Spice Bazaar In Black & White

Istanbul has done what it does best and once again pushed itself to the forefront of our minds. That's what this city does to you, and at this point, we'd love the next clause of this sentence to read, 'so we've decided to go back there this weekend.' But that's not going to happen. There are nine … [Read more...]

Istanbul – Eminönü’s Alternative Souvenirs

Souvenir shopping; it's never been something that tops our agenda while exploring new places. In fact, it doesn't even make our agenda, most of the time - but Istanbul is different. Istanbul has the power to tempt even the most reluctant of shoppers (that'll be us) to part with even just a little of … [Read more...]

Istanbul – A View From Galata Bridge

Regular visitors to this blog will have worked out long ago that we're not big on covering all the main tourist sights of Turkey here. It's not that we don't want to! The problem is, we only started this blog a couple of years back when we'd already made numerous visits to Turkey and lived here on … [Read more...]

Turkish Food: Celebrating Turşu In Istanbul

People who read this blog a lot will know that we have a bit of a 'thing' for Turkish pickles. Type pickles into our search box on the left and you will see the list of posts we've done in celebration of the tantalising taste of fruit and vegetables preserved in vinegar. Even the thought of it now … [Read more...]

Turkish Coffee – Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi

The Turks are very proud of their coffee and describe Turkish coffee as their gift to the world. Ask anyone in Turkey what the most famous brand of Turkish coffee is and, without hesitation, the reply will be Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. These days, under the ownership of Mehmet Efendi's … [Read more...]

Istanbul in Black & White: Photo Story

People who read this blog a lot will know that we absolutely love getting up to Istanbul whenever we can and today, we're a bit excited because we can actually count down to our next visit: we've registered for the 2011 Eurasia Marathon in October (well, the 15km run for me)! So, while we have … [Read more...]