Istanbul in the News

$100 Weekend in Istanbul
I usually love to be where the action is, but there are exceptions. “Waiting for a ferry to the Greek Islands just as port workers go on strike” is right up there with “staying in a youth hostel during the World Snorers Convention.” ...
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Cağaloğlu Hamam (Cagaloglu Turkish Bath)
An essential part of any visit to Istanbul is a scrub-down at a hamam (Turkish bath). The top destination for tourists is the 300-year-old Cagaloglu Hamami in the center of Sultanahmet. ...
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Constantinople by Edmondo De Amicis – review
"Who would dare to describe Constantinople?" Edmondo de Amicis answered his own rhetorical question with a rich and vivid book about the city, published in 1877. It is, says the translator of this new edition Stephen Parkin, "one of the best accounts of the city ever written". ...
48 votes, average: 4.92 out of 548 votes, average: 4.92 out of 548 votes, average: 4.92 out of 548 votes, average: 4.92 out of 548 votes, average: 4.92 out of 5
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Cool Istanbul
In Istanbul, history and tradition are piled layer upon layer. Stately palaces, mosques and cathedrals lie beside chaotic bazaars, steaming hamams and poky nargile (hookah) joints. Ottoman Constantinople sits easily with ancient Byzantium, but emerging on top of them is a new stratum: Istanbul the cool. ...
45 votes, average: 4.51 out of 545 votes, average: 4.51 out of 545 votes, average: 4.51 out of 545 votes, average: 4.51 out of 545 votes, average: 4.51 out of 5
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Dancing through Istanbul’s hidden delights
The haggling began between my husband David and the Turkish stallholder for the wooden backgammon game. ...
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Feeling the fear – Istanbul
Wander Istanbul at night and probably the worst thing that
 will happen is that you twist your ankle on a wonky pavement. ...
34 votes, average: 4.74 out of 534 votes, average: 4.74 out of 534 votes, average: 4.74 out of 534 votes, average: 4.74 out of 534 votes, average: 4.74 out of 5
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High and Low Dining: Istanbul
The elegant Mimolett, Istanbul’s newest big-night-out restaurant, has a made-for-television back story: local boy eschews the family textile business, goes abroad and (without his parents knowing it) learns to cook by working with renowned chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Joël Robuchon, then triumphantly returns home with the intention of opening Turkey’s first Michelin-starred restaurant. ...
27 votes, average: 4.74 out of 527 votes, average: 4.74 out of 527 votes, average: 4.74 out of 527 votes, average: 4.74 out of 527 votes, average: 4.74 out of 5
27 votes
Inside Istanbul
Earning the title of European Capital of Culture 2010 promises lasting change for the Turkish city, says Jenny Southan ...
25 votes, average: 4.44 out of 525 votes, average: 4.44 out of 525 votes, average: 4.44 out of 525 votes, average: 4.44 out of 525 votes, average: 4.44 out of 5
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Irrepressible Istanbul
So where to start with Istanbul? I could opt for its “East meets West” geography or the “ancient cradle of civilisation” angle, but you will know all about that if you’ve picked up any travel article on the city in the last 10 years. ...
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Istanbul Modern Art Museum
Inaugurated in 2004, this converted warehouse, directly on the Golden Horn, is Turkey’s first museum of contemporary and modern art—although in a city that can trace its roots to the late Mycenaean era, “modern” is a relative term, and the collection includes painters from the late 1800s. ...
21 votes, average: 4.86 out of 521 votes, average: 4.86 out of 521 votes, average: 4.86 out of 521 votes, average: 4.86 out of 521 votes, average: 4.86 out of 5
21 votes
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