Pasha Place Apartment – Living In Istanbul On A City Break

Over a few posts in the next couple of weeks, we want to take you on a little tour of a particular corner of Istanbul; Galata... Galata is an area we've always liked, but it's a neighbourhood that we've really come to love over the last few days, purely because we've got to know it a little … [Read more...]

Finding Calm In Autumnal Istanbul – Gülhane Park, Sultanahmet

Okay, we're having a mild autumn here in Fethiye, but it's autumn all the same. And it was exactly the same feeling when we were in Istanbul recently for the Istanbul Marathon. Obviously, it was cooler than the Fethiye temperatures but still warmer than we've known it previously (we always seem to … [Read more...]

The Special Istanbul Taksim Burger

If ever a snack deserves to be given it's own blog post, it's got to be this one. In fact, this is not even Turkish food as it isn't available all over Turkey. As far as we know, you can only get this snack in Istanbul, but it would even be unfair to call it 'Istanbul, Turkish food.' We need to … [Read more...]

Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, Istanbul – Turkey’s Number 1 Köfte?

Look up the English translation of the Turkish word, 'meşhur' and you'll see it means 'renowned, famous or well known.' Well, then, guess it was finally time we sampled the köfte at this 'renowned,' establishment, Filibe Köftecisi in the Sirkeci area of Istanbul. Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, … [Read more...]

Our Istanbul Digs: Mangana Konak Suites, Sultanahmet

Anyone who doesn't know us and who has only read the last few posts of this blog would think we were intrepid travellers or something, because we seem to be writing often about Turkish hotels and hostels we've stayed in. Actually, it was a year of good hostel / hotel stays. We've had very few … [Read more...]

Istanbul: Nargile And Çay In An Ottoman Setting

The first time we ever went to Istanbul we studied guidebooks carefully for all the must-sees; where they're situated, what days they're open, how much the entrance fee is. It was like a military operation because a trip to Istanbul was the fulfilment of an ambition for both of us. We wanted to make … [Read more...]

Aerial Istanbul – View From A Plane

On Thursday we left Turkey and a gloriously sunny Istanbul by taking a flight to Rome. The weather in Istanbul was hot and, most importantly, it was clear. We flew from Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Anatolian side of Istanbul (more about that airport in a later post - it really does merit a post on … [Read more...]

Istanbul: Küçük Ayasofya Camii – We Rather Liked You!

How many times have we stayed in Sultanahmet in Istanbul? Let us count... How many times have we been to Istanbul? (Picture a hand waving around in the air in an I've-lost-count-and-have-better-things-to-do-with-my-time-so-don't-ask kind of way.) And here we are, just over four years into our … [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: 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...]