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7 things to do in Istanbul – Head to the Islands

February 28, 2011


7) Head to the Islands While for travellers, the term Istanbul loosely applies to Sultanahmet and some areas around it, in truth the real Istanbul city will take you hours to drive through and out of on either side. It is for this reason that ‘day trips’ from the city are limited. When I wanted to escape […]

7 Things to do in Istanbul – Make a Wish

February 22, 2011


6) Make a Wish When you visit the Aya Sofia in Istanbul, you cannot but notice a long line of people queueing to stick their thumb in a hole in the wall, and then try, with their fingers outstretched, to make a complete circle on the marble with their index finger. Of course, one relative/friend/tour group member […]

7 things to do in Istanbul – Grand Bazaar

February 7, 2011


4) Experience the Grand Bazaar It is certainly true that the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of those places designed to lure tourists in and make a buck out of them, and that as a tourist, you will be charged more than a local (tried and tested when we walked into the bazaar with […]

7 things to do in Istanbul – Visit the Pera Museum

January 31, 2011


Every visitor who travels to Istanbul knows about the tourist-staples; The Aya Sofia, the Mosques, the Topkapi palace. While these are definitely stunning and should be visited despite the inevitable crowds, I must say that my favourite site in Istanbul was not one of the ones I’ve just mentioned, but the Pera museum, a small but perfectly formed gallery/museum. […]

7 Things to do in Istanbul- Bosphorus night view

January 24, 2011


2) Linger by a spectacular night view The most beautiful spot in Istanbul for me is a spot by the Bosphorus, with the Ortakoy Mosque to one side and the imposing Bosphorus Bridge to the other. This is the spot which graces an endless number of Istanbul advertisements, and for a good reason – wandering around […]

7 Things to do in Istanbul-Have a ginormous snack

January 17, 2011


1) Have a ginormous local snack If during your stay in Istanbul you get fed up of eating Kebap, Kebap, Kebap, why not try this mega bomb of a snack called kumpir?  But what the hell is it, you might find yourself asking as you look uncertainly at the picture above? Basically, it’s a giant […]

Pictures take you places: The Blue Mosque

January 14, 2011


-Photography by Denise Pulis