Where to stay in Istanbul: the best areas and hotel recommendations

My opinion on where to stay in Istanbul: based on my personal experience. I went to Istanbul more times that I can remember, but the majority of those trips were business ones. But because of this specific fact I didn’t have to stay exactly in the historical center of the city: instead we booked apartments around Istanbul. So here I Read More

What to See in Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul, Turkey

Even before my first trip to Istanbul (where I went absolutely unprepared, by the way), I knew there are dozens of places to visit. There are mosques, churches, palaces, fortresses, bridges, bazaars: enough to satisfy all tastes. Some tourists like museums, others prefer to admire architecture, but when they come to Istanbul, they all have the same starting base – Read More

20+ Places to See in Istanbul, Turkey

Moldova and Turkey are separated by the Black Sea and a bit of Ukraine, so it is quite understandable that it is on our radar. In my country Turkey is very popular for its Mediterranean resorts, and Istanbul is frequently overlooked, but not by me 🙂 I have visited lots of cities, but Istanbul will always be my favorite. I Read More

The Prince Islands: how to get, places to see, things to do

If someone asked me what is the one thing travelers should definitely do in Istanbul, I would advise them to go to the Prince Islands, simply known as Adalar (islands from Turkish). The islands in the Sea of Marmara are famous for being a place of exile for Byzantine nobles, members of Ottoman sultans’ families, and even for one Soviet Read More

10 Things You Should Avoid Doing in Istanbul

Istanbul is an absolutely amazing city! I fell in love with it the moment I got out of the bus: friendly people, vibrant atmosphere, delicious food, interesting history and culture make the visit to the city an unforgettable experience. Probably, in my case one of the reasons is the fact that I have some Turkic blood in my veins 🙂 Read More