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Istanbul beats London and Rome to top of travels

Istanbul beats London and Rome to top of travels

One city, two continents. Centre of the old Roman Empire, the Byzantine fortress and playground of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace for over five centuries. Ranked the top tourist destination in the world by the TripAdvisor based on reviews of travellers themselves, ahead of London and Rome.  Yes, you got it, it's Istanbul, where east meets west, where you shop till you drop, where the heartbeat of ancient civilisations stand side by side with the new towering skyline made of steel and glass, all in perfect harmony. It's 'Istanbul we love you' according to over 36 million who visited Turkey in 2013


Istanbul For Wine Lovers: A Study On Turkish Wines

Istanbul For Wine Lovers: A Study On Turkish Wines

Not known around the globe for its fine wines, Turkey's vineyards are actually some of the oldest and biggest you will find in the world. Here we take a look at wine in Turkey and include some of our favourite hotspots and bars to grab a glass of some of the finest Turkish wine. With more than 140 registered producers in the entire country, we hope that you are thirsty - you surely will be after reading this blog. If you ever happen to find yourself sipping on a glass in one of the great restaurants or bars listed in this article, give us a call - we will most likely not be too far behind! 


Istanbul street food, what to expect when eating in Turkey

Istanbul street food, what to expect when eating in Turkey

Believe it or not, we promise to you that there is much more to Turkish food than the traditional kebab or doner. In a blog that is sure to arouse the taste buds in many, we bring you our guide to enjoying Turkish street food and give you our top 15, yes 15, Turkish dishes to try for you foodies out there. Don't worry, we haven't left out the kebab or doner - we love them just as much as you do. Think we haven left something off our list? Let us know what Turkish food you love and enjoy most and we just might feature those in our next blog. 


Delights of the Turkish Hamam, amazing baths

Delights of the Turkish Hamam, amazing baths

A tradition dating back more than 300 years, Turkish Hamams are found all over the country and enjoyed by millions of people every year. Offering the ultimate in relaxation and an intimate experience in bathing, the Turkish bath has historically been not only a place to cleanse and ease muscle pain, but a core nucleus to social life in Turkey - a place where political opinions were aired, news is shared, and more. A trip to Turkey without experiencing the pleasure of the Hamam would be a trip wasted. A guide to Turkish Hamams and what makes these amazing baths just that - amazing. 


Get Cultured in Istanbul

Get Cultured in Istanbul

Straddling two different continents, home to over 12 million residents, Turkey's largest and busiest city - you might think that life in Istanbul could be a bit overwhelming, not knowing which area to visit or which district is best for certain pasttimes. In this blog we give you inside knowledge to surviving Istanbul and experience Turkish culture like never before. From trendy districts such as Bahcesehir or Cihangir, to where old meets new in Cukurcuma, Istanbul is awash with a history like no other city - come explore with us. 


Istanbul Nightlife not for the faint hearted

Istanbul Nightlife not for the faint hearted

You will not look back on Istanbul nights and remember having lots of sleep: the city's nightlife is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Turkey's largest city, where two continents collide, where east meets west, has plenty in reserve for the night owl.  Whether you are up all night to a song, or up all night for some fun, one thing for sure, you will be up all night getting lucky.  Check out Club 360, Reina on the Bosporus but firstly check if you are on the Istanbul Club list and that's before you even look to buy a house in Istanbul.


Sailing the Black Sea

Sailing the Black Sea

A step by step all inclusive account of a luxury sailing trip around the Black Sea. Heading from Romania to Istanbul, Turkey - have a read of the trials and tribulations of what it is like to be sailing the seas in Europe in some of the world's best loved sailing routes enjoyed by families each year who are seeking something a little different from the traditional summer holiday to a beach - why not try out your very own sailing holiday to Turkey? After reading these memories, we reckon you will more than want to make your own sailing dreams come true in the Black Sea.


Discover Istanbul’s Hidden Gems

Discover Istanbul’s Hidden Gems

Are you a traveller? Or are you a tourist? There is a big difference which defines the two - when you land in a new destination, are you looking to leave your mark by whizzing around as fast as you can snap happy? Or looking for the destination to leave it's mark on you with beautiful memories that will last forever? If the latter is the case, this guide to some of Istanbul's well kept hidden gems will leave you exploring the city like no other tourist has before and returning with a box full of knowledge and insight into the real Istanbul. 

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10 blockbuster films shot in Turkey

10 blockbuster films shot in Turkey

Here is something for the film buffs: can you name 10 blockbuster films shot in Turkey without reading this article? Before you click in, note down how many movies you know were filmed in say Istanbul or other locations in Turkey. We shall give you a clue to start with: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie featuring Hercule Poirot was shot in 1974.


Topkapi Palace hosts Russell Crowe for Battle of Dardanelles

Topkapi Palace hosts Russell Crowe for Battle of Dardanelles

Russell Crowe meets Turkish culture minister at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul in order to gather support for his new movie which tells the story of ANZAC soldiers who went missing during the Battle of Dardanelles in the First World War. Our blog looks at how international media affects property sales in Turkey. The James Bond Blockbuster Skyfall which was partially shot in Turkey had focused much interest in Istanbul and Mediterranean coast of Turkey, this could be yet another major attraction 

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Turkey property safe haven for GCC buyers

Turkey property safe haven for GCC buyers

Turkey property market becomes the new safe haven for the GCC and Middle Eastern investors buying abroad after London, Paris and New York. Persistent economic growth coupled with increasing real estate values makes Istanbul a natural investment destination. Seaside town of Bodrum on the Aegean coast of Turkey seems to be well positioned to take advantage with willing overseas real estate buyers eyeing up lifestyle and investment prospects.    


Topkapi Palace Library of Manuscripts to be renovated

Topkapi Palace Library of Manuscripts to be renovated

Home to Ottoman Sultans for 5 centuries and now boasting Quran's first manuscripts and the Spooner's Diamond, the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul is seeing its library being renovated. Delicate and sensitive work being carried out among thousands of years of history in one of the world's most important palaces

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