Exploring the bazaar

Istanbul Coffee Tour and Coffee-Making Class

Our Istanbul coffee tour and coffee-making class was a caffeine-filled, three-and-a-half hours amidst three coffee shops, two bazaars, and one coffee lesson. Our cab ride sent us into the Old City as we learned that the fate of our friendship (that of myself and my close friend Vivian, who took these photographs) would be sealed for another 120 years by the end of the tour.

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November 17, 2014 by
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Sakip Sabanic Museum

Sakip Sabanci Museum

Of Turkey’s top aristocratic families, the name Sabancı stands among the uppermost of the hierarchy, with it famous blue and white double bubble logo embossed on a seemingly endless line of businesses, foundations, universities, banks—you name it. Happily for art lovers in Turkey, a slice was dedicated to establishing the Sakip Sabanci Museum in his former home in Emirgan, a well-to-do neighborhood on the west bank of the Bosphorus.

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November 10, 2014 by
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What to Do on Istanbul’s Asian Side

Beylerbeyi Palace

What do the Hagia Sophia, Tokapi Palace, Galata Tower, Taksim Square and the Grand Bazaar have in common? They are on the European side of Istanbul, indeed, as virtually all of the city’s popular sights. But that’s certainly no reason to  dismiss the Asian side. Although primarily a residential area, with few preserved historical structures, […]

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October 27, 2014 by
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Rooftop Bars in Istanbul

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Emperor Constantine may have seen the seven hills of Istanbul as an omen for the new Rome and a handy defensive feature, but today, Istanbul’s highest points are coveted by bar and nightclub owners

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October 13, 2014 by
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Istanbul’s Best Street Food

Subtlety does not play a lead role in Turkish culture

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September 15, 2014 by
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Art Nouveau in Istanbul

Detail on Botter House,

The fall of the Ottoman Empire was not a pretty one. Weakened for centuries, it spend the last few decades of its life as “the sick man of Europe.” Nevertheless, it still found beauty in art, especially in architecture,

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August 18, 2014 by
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Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence

The artifacts of lost love crowd many a back drawer or trunks in closets—old letters, photos, half-burnt candles, empty perfume bottles, cinema tickets. For some, like Kemal Basmacı, it’s a life consuming obsession.

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August 11, 2014 by
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Best Souvenirs From Istanbul

Istanbul Souvenirs

The city at the crossroads of Europe and Asia continues its millennia-long role as an intercontinental trading hub in the 21st century.

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July 7, 2014 by
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Istanbul for Music Lovers

Spend any amount of time in Turkey and one thing becomes clear: Turks love to sing and dance. With its confluence of cultures, Istanbul is especially musical.

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June 23, 2014 by
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Strolling Along the Bosphorus in Istanbul

Istanbul is indeed home to one of the world’s best promenades along the Bosphorus—fantastic for the geography and history.

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June 16, 2014 by
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