Sights in Istanbul (part 2)

Sights in Istanbul (part 2)

İstiklal Caddesi İstiklal Caddesi (Independence Street) is the long main street defining Istanbul’s historical Beyoğlu district. It’s perhaps best known for its shopping opportunities, which range from the high-class to the hipster. Equally worth seeing, though, is...
Sights in Istanbul (Part 1)

Sights in Istanbul (Part 1)

Although Istanbul is a major business centre, it is also an important tourist destination. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or The Blue Mosque One of the most prominent sights is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Sutanahmet Camii), which is famous for its six minarets and its immense...
Visiting a Turkish home

Visiting a Turkish home

Invitation to a Turkish home Turkish people love inviting guests to their homes for dinner. As a foreign guest you will be treated especially well. Take your shoes off on the mat as you enter the house: in most households shoes are not allowed inside, and a pair of...
Sunrise in Istanbul

Sunrise in Istanbul

Early morning: the tides flushing through the Bosphorus; Miles of water gushing under the bridge. Fish swept one way and another. Fishermen Lined up, casting their lines and luck into the depths. Sardines and sprats wiggling on the sloppy sidewalk floor, Young city...
Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul

Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul

Mısır Çarşısı – Egyptian Bazaar An absolute must for any visitor to Istanbul is the Egyptian Bazaar. Here you can find every type of spice you can imagine. The market received this name as Egypt was once part of the Ottoman Empire and all spices as well as coffee were...
Any time is tea time in Turkey

Any time is tea time in Turkey

Drinking tea has long been a part of Turkish culture. It is said that tea arrived from China in what is now present day Turkey via the Silk Road. The Turkish word for tea is çay, which is very similar to the Chinese word. During the Ottoman Empire attempts were made...