A Stroll Along Istiklal Street in Istanbul

Derek Turkey, Videos 47 Comments

During my stay in Istanbul over the past five days, it occurred to me that taking a stroll along the city’s popular Istiklal Street is something that never gets old. This three-kilometer long, pedestrian-only avenue on the European side of the city acts as the heart of the shopping/entertainment/nightlife district of Beyoglu, with an endless variety of both local and …

Ciya, Kadikoy, Istanbul

Food, Food, Food & More Turkish Food

Derek Food, Turkey 63 Comments

It’s quite easy traveling without a guidebook. After all, within minutes of publishing my first post from Istanbul, I received both comments and emails from readers offering me tips on what I should do, where I should go and most importantly, where and what I should eat during my stay. Seriously, why do I need a guidebook when I receive …

Rustem Pasha Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

In Search Of Two Mosques (Without A Map)

Derek Turkey 37 Comments

Luckily, there’s no shortage of places to explore in this city known as Istanbul, so when I arrived at the Grand Bazaar yesterday morning only to discover that it is closed on Sundays, I knew that my day would by no means be a failure. In fact, given that the sun was actually shining for the first time in a …

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

All Is Well In Istanbul, Thanks To Shakira

Derek Perspectives, Turkey 100 Comments

Here I am…in Istanbul, where my first two days have been filled with visits to some of the major landmarks¬†of this great city, many of which are within a mere 300 meters of where I happen to be staying. I spent time wandering through the too-impressive-to-describe Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), the massively-domed, basilica-turned-mosque of Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) and the …