Christmas in Istanbul. Why not?!

Christmas in Istanbul. Why not?!

Istanbul for Christmas can be a great getaway. The first time I came to Istanbul myself was a mid-December, in the hope of escaping the over-commercialized festive fever gripping my home country. With the population of Turkey 98% Muslim, I wasn’t sure what I’d find. The idea was to photograph the December 17th celebrations to…

7 tips for an Istanbul city break in October

7 tips for an Istanbul city break in October

  Are you wondering if an autumn visit to Istanbul is a good idea? You might be looking for a half term adventure with the children or perhaps you fancy a more cultural city break, an escape for yourself? We think October’s a gorgeous time to visit Istanbul. You can expect balmy weather and easy…

Bridging The Divide – an interview with Julia Bayne from Istanbul Place Apartments

Bridging The Divide – an interview with Julia Bayne from Istanbul Place Apartments

  Bridging The Divide first appeared on jewelledbuddha.com Interview by Harjit Sohotey-Khan “This week I talk to Julia Bayne – life juggler, serial plane catcher and co-owner of Istanbul Place Apartments, a collection of stylish, historic, short-stay apartments based in the heart of Istanbul.”   What inspired you to move to Istanbul and set up your…

Ramadan 2019 in Istanbul​ – is it a good time to visit?

Ramadan 2019 in Istanbul​ – is it a good time to visit?

  The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, known as Ramazan in Turkish, will run from May 6th to June 4th in 2019. It’s a month of fasting, prayer, empathy and celebration across Turkey. Ramadan time in Istanbul has a different atmosphere to the rest of the year.   Is it a good time to visit?…

Istanbul Tulip Festival 2019 – how to enjoy it!

Istanbul Tulip Festival 2019 – how to enjoy it!

  The story of Istanbul’s Tulip Festival began over 300 years ago. Ottoman society adored tulips and Istanbul, then widely known as Constantinople, became very famous for them from the late 17th to the early 18th Century. ‘Tulip Fever’ began spreading steadily west, taking in the Netherlands along the way. As a result the 12…

Levantine Istanbul – Petraki Place Apartments a Century Ago

Levantine Istanbul – Petraki Place Apartments a Century Ago

  Last week we were completely thrilled to welcome a group of guests to stay at Petraki Place III Apartment whose Levantine Istanbul family used to live in the very same building over 120 years ago. Angela Fry, who now lives in the UK, was travelling with her international cousins researching their ancestry. So far…

5 simple adventures in Istanbul to delight your child

5 simple adventures in Istanbul to delight your child

  Istanbul is often imagined as an exotic and hectic destination best suited to adults. In fact Turkish culture is very child-centred and your youngest family members will be appreciated and entertained at every turn! If you’re keen to see the famous sights, public transport options are near, numerous and very efficient – logistics are…