The Outspoken Travel Guidebook for Istanbul
by the people, for the people

The Outspoken Travel Guidebook for Istanbul
by the people, for the people

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    Best Souvenir Ideas From Istanbul

    Drop that overpriced airport Turkish Delight and explore Istanbul’s best souvenir-ish boutiques! I ruminated on the word “souvenir,” for quite a while and decided to steer clear of that trite path leading toward mass-produced evil eyes, ... read more

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    The Best Contemporary Art Museums and Galleries of Istanbul

    Istanbul is no stranger to great art; from miniatures, calligraphy, paper marbling, painting to ceramics and not to mention the breathtaking tiles in mosques, we are always surrounded by imagination, creativity and centuries old beauty. In ... read more

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    10 Ingredients Found in Turkish Cuisine

    Turkish cuisine is a blend of savory, succulent, sugar-coated goodness.  Due to Turkey’s location between Eastern and Western powers Istanbul is a confluence of civilizations culturally, linguistically, and gastronomically.  Think of your favorite ethnic foods.  Greek food ... read more

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    Taking The Istanbul Taxi

    If we, for a moment, disregard Istanbul’s traffic issue (most comparable to an additional circle in Dante’s Inferno) taxicabs are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get around. However, there are a few rules ... read more

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    My Favorite Istanbul Photos

    Here are a few images out of hundreds that I took in late 2014 that will hopefully speak to the beauty and cultural diversity of this ancient city.   THE MOSQUES The 16th century Süleymaniye Mosque, ... read more

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    Taming Ghosts: An Interview with Alex Varlık

    If you put in some of the above keywords into a Google advanced search, the likely result would be Alex Varlık, successful owner and designer of the Georges Hotel in Galata. But, as with Chinon, his favorite red ... read more