Topkapi Palace Views in Istanbul

The best way to absorb the Ottoman opulence of old Istanbul is to take in some Topkapi Palace Views. Located in the historic district close to Hagia Sophia, the Palace (a museum since 1924) is a reminder of those grand times. It is interesting to note that although Istanbul or Constantinople as it was then […]

Galata is the best place for a first time stay in Istanbul

  Where is Galata?   Galata is the southernmost Neighborhood of Istanbul’s Beyoglu District. Some first time visitors choose to stay amongst the big name sights of Sultanahmet, but for our first week in Istanbul we chose the Galata Neighbourhood. Downtrodden and derelict in the 60’s it’s cobblestoned streets now hold an interesting collection of […]

Ten Reasons Plus One to Visit Istanbul

1.  The People.   It is no accident that the People of Istanbul are No. 1 on my list.  Turkish people are honest, ever helpful and surprising in their quirkiness. Vendor at the Talarbasi Sunday Market, Istanbul. 2.  The Mosques. The imposing Blue Mosque has deserved top billing amongst the more than 3000 Mosques in […]

Rustem Pasha or a Mosque hidden in a Market Place

Rustem Pasha, Istanbul’s hidden mosque, is a delightful find and if I were to live in Istanbul I know it would draw me back time and again. [pinit] Following an effortlessly balanced tray of simit, we squeezed down Hasircilar Caddesi, a street that comes to life on the edge of the colourful Istanbul Spice Market, […]

Cengelkoy in a hook of the Bosphorus in Istanbul

Istanbul holds a gold mine of memories for me.  Discovering the Rustem Pasa Mosque hidden near the Spice Market in a street selling everything wooden, sitting with some Turkish kids on the thirty foot high Theodosian Walls or just living in our Galata Apartment come immediately to mind. Remembering our day at Cengelkoy (Hook Village) on the […]

The Strangest Food I’ve Eaten While Traveling or a Cup of Pink Pickled Cabbage

I am so glad BootsnAll posed the question: What is the Strangest Food You’ve Eaten While Traveling? for Day 10 of #Indie30 challenge. Answers I Considered. Poutines? – Only Canadians think they are not strange. Insects? – Nuh – 80% of the World’s cultures eat them. Liver and Pineapple Salad? – While these two ingredients […]

Ferry to Eyup Istanbul for Pierre Loti views and Eyup Sultan Mosque 2017

Updated October, 2017. The views from the Pierre Loti hill at Eyup Istanbul are Panoramic. Sitting at the base of the hill is the Eyup Sultan Mosque – a mosque that holds a special place in the hearts of Istanbulites. I recommend arriving by ferry from Eminonu, ascending the hill via Eyup Gondola and taking […]

The Best View in Istanbul, Turkey

Many cities claim to be built on seven hills, not the least of which is the exotic spice laden city of Istanbul, Turkey. A city that encompasses seven hills is sure to be dripping with views, but Istanbul has many man made viewpoints as well. The Best View in Istanbul. The view from the top […]