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Three Popular Ottoman Palaces of Historic Istanbul

Throughout history, all dynasties and royal families built extravagant and majestic buildings

Built shortly after the invasion of Constantinople, by the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed the 2nd, Topkapi Palace expanded into a fully functioning city over time. Within the high walls, are a mass of old kitchens, circumcision rooms, massive armouries and an amazing... more »

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Three Popular Ottoman Palaces of Historic Istanbul

Built shortly after the invasion of Constantinople, by the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed the 2nd, Topkapi Palace expanded into a fully functioning city over time. Within the high walls, are a mass of old kitchens, circumcision rooms, massive ...more »

From Byzantium to Constantinople to Istanbul

Previously called Constantinople and Byzantium, Istanbul is now a cosmopolitan and modern metropolis. Once the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, it held immense importance for internal trade as a major hub of the ancient Silk ...more »

Dervishes, Belly Dancers & Dunking's in Istanbul

Istanbul excited our imagination from the first day of this trip.  It's where east meets west, Asia touches Europe, and history and tradition live alongside one of the world's most modern cities.  It's a new chapter in our journey.  ...more »

Velonotte Istanbul

Seeing a city by bicycle exposes aspects of the city that are otherwise obscured. On a bicycle, the observer is not encased in a steel and glass cage of a car, the cyclist is able to breathe, go slower and observe more closely the details ...more »

A City Break in Istanbul

Istanbul is a city where two worlds collide. Straddling the mighty Bosphorus strait, the city has one foot in Asia and one foot in Europe; East meets West, both physically and figuratively, creating an intoxicating cocktail of culture ...more »

The Sultans of Istanbul

The Turkish Republic was built in part on the proud legacy of the Ottoman Empire. Its remains can be seen scattered all around Istanbul, where walls, gates, water fountains, mausoleums, neighbourhoods and mosques carry the names of the ...more »

From Turkey with Love

This summer Istanbulites welcomed one of the biggest film crews ever to shoot in the city’s historical quarters. Oscar winning director Sam Mendes and his team were shooting the latest edition of Ian Flemming’s famous ...more »

Turkish Delights

We live in a world of sameness. We read the same menus in the same restaurants, drink the same coffee in the same cafes, eat the same food from the same supermarkets. We buy the same clothes from the same shops, the same furniture from ...more »

A Taste of Istanbul

I had seen Istanbul – the cascading domes, the slender minarets, the mighty river that slices the city in two and the seagulls that arc above it and the ships that drift across it. I had listened to Istanbul – the whine of the ...more »

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Norman

"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it" - Rosalia de Castro