Author: inka

Rezan Has Museum near the Golden Horn

Rezan Has Museum near the Golden Horn
It’s often the smaller museums in a place full of world famous sites which don’t get the attention from visitors they deserve. One of these places is the Rezan Has Museum in Cibali  (map) near the Golden Horn. Entrance to Rezan Has Museum The museum is located within the compound and building of...
May 31st, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

French Flair in Beyoglu

French Flair in Beyoglu
There are districts in Istanbul, like Sultanahmed, which, even in your wildest imagination could be nowhere else in the world but Turkey. Leafy, airy, elegant and hip Beyoglu is a different matter. Every city in the world has at least one street or avenue which is closely associated with the location....
May 28th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Tall ship race comes to Istanbul

Tall ship race  comes to Istanbul
What had been agreed in a conference in Kuala  Lumpur in 2005 becomes a reality from 27th to 30th of May in Istanbul:  the world’s first Tall ship Race of this magnitude following historical routes to celebrate Istanbul’s status as one of the cultural capitals of 2010. Tall ships off shore in Turkish...
May 27th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

History, legends and entertainment in the Maiden Tower

History, legends and entertainment in the Maiden Tower
On a small islet located in the Bosporus just off the coast from Üsküdar on the Asian side of Istanbul sits another famous landmark, full of history and legends: The Maiden Tower. (map) At first glimpse, it’s just a lighthouse, but ask any local about the maiden tower and immediately you will be...
May 25th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Still standing in unabashed glory – Hagia Sofia

Still standing in unabashed glory – Hagia Sofia
It’s no doubt the crowning glory of any visit to Istanbul: a stroll around the magnificent Hagia Sofia in Sultanahmed. Hagia Sofia in Sultanahmed Just get this:  Hagia Sofia has been a church for 917 years, a mosque for 482 years and continues its historical function as a museum since 1935. No other...
May 23rd, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

End of the Ottomans: Dolmabahce Palace Bears Witness

End of the Ottomans:  Dolmabahce Palace Bears Witness
It is a strange feeling when you stand in the hall of Dolmabahce Palace (map) and just gape at the extravaganza of the world’s biggest crystal chandelier and a double horseshoe staircase with banisters made of Baccarat crystal and then think about the history which lies behind this last of the Ottoman...
May 21st, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Istanbul’s Fabulous Shopping Malls

Istanbul’s Fabulous Shopping Malls
Istanbul isn’t only about historical places like the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market or the street market of Arasta bazaar. The city features several modern  shopping malls, most of which are architectural master pieces worth a visit even if the prices of the designer stores to which they are home,...
May 19th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

The Galata Tower and an ‘Ikarus’ story

The Galata Tower and an ‘Ikarus’ story
Another famous landmark worth visiting in Istanbul is the Galata Tower (map) located just over the Galata Bridge in the Karakoy/Sishane district. The very distinctive tower is already visible from Eminönü and, of course, from many places on the Golden Horn or the Bosporus if you take a boat trip. Galata...
May 17th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Money matters in Turkey

Money matters in Turkey
You want to enjoy your stay in Turkey and not lose time wondering about the currency or run to a bank or museum when it’s closed. So, here are the basics: Currency Currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TYL). The most common banknotes come in the folwoing denominations: 100 50 20 10 5 There are...
May 15th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

A warming-up bazaar visit

A warming-up bazaar visit
Before you venture into the hustle and bustle of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar or Spice Market which can be quite overwhelming, you might want to dip your toe into bazaar visiting skills by a more leisurely stroll around the Arasta Bazaar (map). Arches leading to Arasta Bazaar For starters, it’s not a...
May 14th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Switching continents for just $1

Switching continents for just $1
Istanbul is the only city in the world straddling two continents. Naturally, when you are visiting, you don’t want to miss the experience of crossing over from Europe to Asia in a matter of 20 minutes and for the price of $1. It’s a bit like crossing the equator, not much difference between one side...
May 13th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Multi-culti cuisine and clientele

Multi-culti cuisine and clientele
If you find, that you want a change from all the kebabs and other Turkish delicacies, there is no shortage of international restaurants in cosmopolitan Istanbul. One of the nicest places though is the  DJAZZU restaurant in Sultanahmed. Easy to find: Djazzu near Divan Yoglu The logo, ‘in vino veritas’...
May 12th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Mystery meets history at the Pera Palace Hotel

Mystery meets history at the Pera Palace Hotel
The Pera Palace Hotel, a historic landmark in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, will finally open its doors again to the public on September 1st 2010. A few years and a lot of money have gone into the complete restoration of the famous hotel which in its heyday, was much frequented by the elegant and affluent...
May 10th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Cicek Passaji – a Flower Passage which sells no flowers

Cicek Passaji – a Flower Passage which sells no flowers
When I travel to a new destination, I approach it in two ways:  on the one hand I make myself familiar with what it is all about  and what I want to see. But not too much, because  what for me is the essence of travel is to be surprised by unexpected places, names and sights which beckon to be explored. That’s...
May 9th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Whirling Dervishes Perform in Unexpected Venue

Whirling Dervishes Perform in Unexpected Venue
You see a picture of the Eiffel Tower and you immediately think: Paris, you see the Statue of Liberty and your mind associates it with Manhattan. As many places in the world are defined by a certain landmark, Turkey is no exception. Blue Mosque, the amazing moon like landscape of Capadocia and, an image...
May 7th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Public Transportation in Istanbul

Public Transportation in Istanbul
When ever I arrive at a new destination, I find it very useful to know in advance how best to get around. Nothing is more annoying than to waste huge amounts of money on a taxi only to discover that you could have reached your destination by hopping on the appropriate  bus or train and getting off 2...
May 5th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

Hamams in Istanbul: Not Only for Bathing!

Hamams in Istanbul:  Not Only for Bathing!
If after all that sightseeing, climbing and walking around the many sites of Istanbul you wish to relax and experience a Turkish bath, you might as well do it in style.  Istanbul has many hamams, old and new and several claim to be the oldest.  One which is certainly old and a splendid example of Baroque...
May 3rd, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More

An emotional event in Cap Finisterre/Galicia

An emotional event in Cap Finisterre/Galicia
The Camino de Santiago, one of the world’s longest pilgrimages, officially ends when the wanderers reach the cathedral of the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela/Galicia.  However, many decide to continue on to Cap Finisterre, the End of the World and to burn their boots and travel clothes in a symbolic...
April 30th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

‘Must see’s in Bayona/Galicia

‘Must see’s in Bayona/Galicia
Many visitors to Galicia, Spain’s northern province, probably head straight for Santiago de Compostela, the world famous cathedral of the Apostle and a glimpse of what the Camino de Santiago is all about. But, there is a lot more to do and to see and a trip south/west to Vigo and Bayona, close to the...
April 28th, 2010 | Madrid | Read More

A day trip to the Princes’ Islands

A day trip to the Princes’ Islands
There are many boat tours and trips you can take in Istanbul on the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmaris, but a trip to the Princes’ Islands has to be one of the nicest, and most inexpensive, too. About the Princes’ Islands This group of nine islands is located in the Sea of Marmaris,  off the southern...
April 27th, 2010 | Istanbul | Read More