Tarihi Sultanahmet Köfteci, Istanbul

Most tourists visiting Istanbul for the first time are likely to be staying in Sultanahmet - the area boasting Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque), Aya Sofya and Topkapı Palace. And, of course, wherever there is a glut of tourists, it naturally follows that there is a glut of expensive souvenir … [Read more...]

Antique Hostel & Guesthouse In Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Regular readers of Turkey's For Life will know that whenever we take off to somewhere other than Fethiye, we're not going off with the thought process of money is no object. Money is the object for us. And these days, as one of us has hit our late 30s and Barry is not too far behind, our little … [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...]

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...]

Beyazıt Book Market: Hunting Out Cookery Books In Istanbul’s Student Zone

The photo below is of Beyazıt Camii in the Beyazıt neighbourhood of Istanbul. We always come to wander around this area when we visit Istanbul because it's a student area and it has a pleasant vibe to it. This particular area is really pretty because you have the backdrop of the mosque, the gardens … [Read more...]

Istanbul Street Food: Late Night Kokoreç And Midye Tava

Back in April we flew to Rome from Turkey and, as we were flying from Sabiha Gökçen Airport, it meant we got to spend a night in our favourite city, Istanbul. It all coincided with a meet-up with some other bloggers...which meant going out for drinks...which of course meant ending the evening with a … [Read more...]

Cricket in Turkey? Surely Not…

As this is supposed to be a blog about Turkey, we've been wondering about how much longer we can get away with warbling about the cricket and Test Match Special and then, this morning, bingo! Hürriyet online newspaper had a report about a British man arriving in Istanbul to arrange a cricket match. … [Read more...]

A Vote For Fethiye Is A Vote For Turkey Too

Today's post is a rally cry, a call to action, a desperate plea; call it what you will. We're asking for your help, please. Many of you will know already that a couple of weeks back, we entered Fethiye into the Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2012 and yesterday, voting opened in the last … [Read more...]

Fethiye And Istanbul – The Two Loves In Our Life

As you're no doubt aware by now, we have been taking part in a competition over on the foXnoMad website where we nominated Fethiye as the Best City to Visit in 2012. Quite fitting too that Istanbul - the best city in the world? - is also in the competition. Our two favourite places, one where we … [Read more...]