Istanbul – Getting Around Beyoğlu

Apologies for the cliche but the Beyoğlu area of Istanbul really is a feast for the senses. It's a tourist's must. Every time we've visited Istanbul, we've spent time in the area and we're still stumbling across streets, bars, shops (Petek's Pickles, for instance) and restaurants we didn't even know … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Discovering Istanbul Pickles

You may remember, way back last winter, we did a few posts about Turkish pickles and we even discovered that they're good for you. Well, that's always going to be a bonus for us seeing as we struggle to get through a meal without having a side dish of pickles. Our visit to Istanbul last weekend … [Read more...]

Istanbul Eurasia Marathon 2010 – 15k & 8k Completed!

Humour us just for today and then we shall go on about it no more, but did we tell you we completed our runs in the Istanbul Eurasia Marathon? Well, yes we did. The first time we've ever taken part in anything like that. Barry got through his 15k run and I did the 8k - the 'fun' race. It was … [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...]

This is Turkey – Istanbul Under Restoration

There's a common saying in Turkey, 'Burası Türkiye' which literally translates as, 'This (place) is Turkey.' Well, obviously this is Turkey but this saying means more than that. You'll hear it a lot and it's usually said with palms up and a shrug of the shoulders. If ever you're wandering around … [Read more...]

Back To Istanbul’s Sultanahmet

We're here at last. Now, the idea was that I would take a photo of our bus in the otogar in Fethiye, showing that it said Istanbul on it. However, we went for a pide (very nice) for our tea and a pretty big flash storm came. We ended staying in there till the last minute - the road in front and … [Read more...]

Getting Around in Turkey – Intercity Buses

Happy happy! We've been to Fethiye Otogar (the bus station) today and booked our bus to Istanbul. Absolute bargain as well. We decided to choose Metro just because we've used them in the past and we like them and it's only cost us 45 lira each. We paid more than that when we went up there four years … [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...]