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 […]

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 […]

Ramadan 2018 in Istanbul​ – is it a good time to visit?

Ramadan 2018 in Istanbul​ – is it a good time to visit?

  The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, known as Ramazan in Turkish, will run from May 15th to June 14th in 2018. 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 2018 – how to enjoy it!

Istanbul Tulip Festival 2018 – 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 […]

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. You can expect balmy weather and easy exploring […]

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 […]