Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Istanbul (Possibly The Best Airport In The World?)

Three weeks back when we were flying to Italy, our flight was leaving from Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Asian side of the city. On the rare occasion we've flown into Istanbul (we're fond bus travellers, as you know), we've landed at Atatürk Airport on the European side, so our Sabiha … [Read more...]

Lovin’ Taksim Square, Istanbul

On Monday, we posted that in a couple of weeks time we will be flying to Rome from Istanbul. Albeit a very fleeting visit, it does mean that we're going to be able to squash in a bit of time in our favourite city before we fly and we'll be staying overnight, somewhere around the Taksim Square … [Read more...]

Çorlulu Alipaşa Medresesi, 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...]

Turkish Souvenirs: Istanbul Ceramic

We've been looking forward to doing this post for some time for a couple of reasons. The first reason is because of the visual effect - I'm a sucker for mixed, vivid colours. The second is because all these mixed, vivid colours spill from our friend's shop in Kapalı Çarşısı (known as the Grand … [Read more...]

Istanbul: It’s A Love Thing

Attaining the peaceful, laid back Mediterranean lifestyle we now indulge in has been a long-time dream for both of us. Countryside or seaside, we weren't fussed either way, just as long as our lives were free from all things hectic. Oh, and just as long as we were in Fethiye, too. But give us a roof … [Read more...]

Exploring Çukurcuma – Istanbul’s Woodcraft Centre

There's always an area of any city that becomes the place to see, to be seen and to know about. While we were living in the UK in Manchester, this area was the Northern Quarter. In Istanbul, tucked away in the back streets of Beyoğlu is the old area known as Çukurcuma and, during the last couple 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...]

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, Topkapı Palace and the Basilica Cistern (aka Yerebatan Sarnıcı). And, of course, wherever there is a glut of tourists, it naturally … [Read more...]

Turkish Street Food: Cihan Derya Balık Lokanta

Turkey is well known for its fantastic street food and, in Istanbul, you could probably lay your hands on street food traditional to just about anywhere in Turkey. Whenever we visit Istanbul, one of the highlights of our time there is working our way through the variety on offer, and in October, we … [Read more...]

Istanbul: Sultanahmet’s Secret Underworld – Palatium

Howling wind, driving rain - and a huge floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall window radiating a warm, inviting glow to the outside world. It's little wonder that every time we walked past Palatium restaurant in Sultanahmet, it was a packed. We were two of its very regular customers whilst we were in … [Read more...]