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...]

Travelling Turkey – Our Favourite Posts of 2011

December is whizzing by and we're careering headlong towards 2012, so we thought we'd do what everyone else does at this time of year and take a look back at 12 of our favourite posts of 2011; one for each month. Sitting with notebook and pen and scrolling through the archives this morning, we … [Read more...]

The Magnificent Süleymaniye Mosque In Istanbul

While we certainly haven't seen all of the prominent mosques in Turkey, Süleymaniye Camii in Istanbul is a definite favourite so far. We visited here on our first trip to Istanbul some years ago - and we've been trying to return since. In February 2010, we trouped up the hill from Sultanahmet, … [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...]

More Aya Sofya Musings

Around three weeks ago, we did the Aya Sofya post for this blog. As we were in Istanbul, we wanted once more to see the majesty that the interior of this building commands - and again, we were amazed by its grand interior. But there's something innate in my being; something instilled in me from … [Read more...]

Turkish Street Food: Tantuni Kebab

For us, the most exciting part of being in Istanbul is the food; mainly the street food. Last year, we couldn't keep away from the deep-fried hamsi at Karaköy fish market, returning on numerous occasions over the few days we were there. When we were back in Fethiye, we drooled at the very thought of … [Read more...]

Kariye Museum, Istanbul – Don’t Miss It!

After having our fill of some of the tastiest köfte we've ever had, we felt warmed inside and confident that we couldn't be too far away from the the special building we were searching for: The Kariye Müzesi (Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora). Istanbul is packed with unexpected pockets of … [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: Return to Aya Sofya

Six years ago we visited the amazing city of Istanbul for the first time, no doubt with the same aim as every other first-time visitor to the city; we wanted to see Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque), Topkapı Palace Museum, Aya Sofya (Haghia Sophia) and the eerie Basilica Cistern. They were on our … [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...]