Greetings From Rainy Istanbul

What's the purpose of coming up with an itinerary for a jaunt to Istanbul, if not to completely ignore it? That's not too far away from what's happened with us and it just shows that we're better at being spontaneous rather than organised. Continuous rain has put pay to a few of the activities on … [Read more...]

Istanbul – Planning Our Trip

Well, what an eye-opener this has been. Whenever we used to go on holiday, we used to love sitting on the sofa, surrounded by guidebooks, planning our day trips around 'pool days.' It was a simple, enjoyable task that we used to look forward to because it fuelled the excitement and anticipation of … [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...]

Istanbul Bosphorus Ferries – Photo Story

At exactly this time last year, we had just arrived in Istanbul and were walking down Istiklal Caddesi, heading towards Sultanahmet, after being dropped off by our service bus in Taksim Square. It had been a few years since we had last been to Istanbul and, despite a long bus journey with fitful … [Read more...]

Istanbul: Haydarpaşa Train Station – Photo Story

Haydarpaşa Station, Istanbul - BEFORE the fire A few days ago, I wrote a post about travelling Turkey by train and I included a photo of Sirkeci Train Station on the European side of Istanbul. But, I also wanted to display this photo of Haydarpaşa Train Station on the Asian side; except I … [Read more...]

Istanbul – Istiklal Caddesi Haven – Baraka Bar

Wherever we've travelled to in our lives, we've always hunted out - or stumbled across - a bar where we feel comfortable; somewhere that feels local to the town or city we happen to be in. We're bar people (as you may know!) so we feel we know a city and it's people better once we find the right bar … [Read more...]

Istanbul – Çiçek Pasajı (A Surprise Bargain)

Ever heard, or even said, the phrases, 'It's full of tourists. I don't go there. It'll be too expensive.' Well, if you skip these places, you could well be missing out, as we found out when we went to Istanbul in October. This is a photo of the famous Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Passageway) … [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...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey – Hamsi Season Again

Last winter, I wrote about hamsi (anchovies) being for sale on Fethiye fish market. We love hamsi season and it's once more upon us - which means we've come full circle on the seasonal food front, meaning Turkey's For Life is nearly 1 year old. Wow! How did that happen so soon? Anyway, hamsi is … [Read more...]

Istanbul – Tünel to Karaköy

While the historic tram that trundles up and down Istiklal Caddesi all day long may be one of the little pieces of nostalgia that make up Beyoğlu (and a free ride for the kids who cling to the back of it), for us, the Tünel funicular is an absolute necessity. Walking down the hill towards Karaköy … [Read more...]