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Traffic solutions greenlighted for Istanbul congestion

Traffic solutions greenlighted for Istanbul congestion

At the moment, it seems that all roads (and ferries, bridges and tunnels) lead to Istanbul. The fast-growing population has meant congestion problems: the city’s traffic has reached a crucial point, and officials are scrambling to find solutions. Work is underway on a new bridge, a Bosphorus tunnel and more creative solutions, all expected to roll out in the next couple of years. Public transport is also expanding, with new ferries and hundreds of kilometres of metro lines being added to the commuter arsenal, endeavouring to make travelling around Turkey’s largest city pain free.

Turkey for tourists: souvenirs to buy and take home

Turkey for tourists: souvenirs to buy and take home

Turkey’s rich heritage is reflected in the items that find their way home in travellers’ suitcases. From the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul to small markets on the Mediterranean, there are incredible bargains and delights for every browser. Whether you’re in the market for kilims or coffee, we let you in on the goods to look out for while you’re travelling through the country that’s described as being the gateway between Europe and the Middle East.

Living in Turkey: Will The Language Barrier Be a Problem?

Living in Turkey: Will The Language Barrier Be a Problem?

As Turkey becomes one of the top destinations in the world for expats and foreigners purchasing real estate, more people are asking: ​Do you need to learn Turkish in order to live in Turkey? In this blog we take a look at the language barrier you might experience if you move to Turkey, including some helpful tips for getting around it, and some helpful phrases to get you started on your way to learning some Turkish language skills. 

Cappadocia Living: Life in Central Anatolia

Cappadocia Living: Life in Central Anatolia

For years, Cappadocia has been one of the top destinations in Turkey for travellers and tourists, becoming the third most visited region in Turkey. An important region in Turkish history, Cappadocia has also attracted many an expat and foreigner looking to make it their home. With amazing hot air ballon trips, underground cities, and cave hotels, lets take a look at living in Cappadocia - the fascinating, and not to be missed region of Turkey.

24 hours in Istanbul: A guide to the perfect day

24 hours in Istanbul: A guide to the perfect day

Planning a whirlwind trip to Istanbul? Let us guide you on a 24-hour tour of the city. Take in the city from rooftops, beneath Ottoman domes and from the Bosphorus Strait. Indulge in some of the finest food on offer in the city, from dishes beloved by sultans to Finnish fusion. Although 24 hours is not nearly enough time to explore this fascinating city, it’s enough to sample its unique flavour - and give you a few ideas for your next visit.

Five tips everyone should know before moving to Turkey

Five tips everyone should know before moving to Turkey

Turkey is a beautiful and fascinating country, a wonderful country that attracts thousands to relocate every year to new landscapes. But how well are you prepared for your move? From the essential art of haggling in the local market to the inevitable homesickness of pining for your home country, in this blog we give you a rundown on the five essential aspects of Turkish life and relocation tips you'll need to prepare for before you leave and start your new life in Turkey. 

Turkish delight's intriguingly sweet history

Turkish delight's intriguingly sweet history

Its origins are sticky but one thing is certain: Turkish delight is one of the world's favourite sweets. No one seems to know for sure whether Turkish delight or lokum was invented 300 years ago or is a much more ancient sweet, but the confection, - rolled in coconut or sugar, filled with nuts, and coloured delicate shades of pink or yellow - is found in every corner of the globe. 

Driving in Turkey: Are You Up For the Challenge?

Driving in Turkey: Are You Up For the Challenge?

Over the last 10 years, the Turkish government have ploughed money into developing some of the finest quality roads to rival Western countries and improve infrastructure and access to main cities in the country. However, depending on who you talk to, it is not the roads that are the problem in Turkey, but the people driving on them! In this blog we give you our best tips to driving in Turkey as a foreigner without giving into road rage or ending the day bruised and battered. 

How the Ottomans brought coffee to Europe: Bloody battles, bans and brews

How the Ottomans brought coffee to Europe: Bloody battles, bans and brews

Any trip to Turkey is not a true journey unless you relax with a famous Turkish coffee. This famous brew, steeped in history, is officially the world's favourite stimulating drink. The role of Turkey in coffee's long history is not only a crucial one, but a fascinating story stemming from inventing the brewing method still used today, to introducing the drink to Europe almost accidentally. Go pour yourself a cup, and lets learn some interesting facts you might not have known about the famous Turkish coffee. 

The Historical and Future Importance of Turkey

The Historical and Future Importance of Turkey

Turkey has come on leaps and bounds since the turn of the century - with more investment, tourists, and infrastructure than ever before. To understand just why Turkey is attracting so much attention and investment, we need to glance over its rich and colourful historical timeline, which will provide answers to why the eyes of the world are on this country, and why the future is looking so bright for Turkey and the people that inhabit this beautiful land. 

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