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Kartalkaya Ski Resort

Kartalkaya Ski Resort

Kartalkaya Kartalkaya ski and snowboard resort is just a 4 hour drive from Istanbul and so definitely worth a weekend or day trip. Not a very adventurous area for experienced skiers but if you enjoy being on the slopes for a day or two this is a great city escape. Slopes are open between December...
Assk Cafe

Assk Cafe

Assk Cafe (Aşşk Kahve) Assk Cafe or Aşşk Kahve in Turkish, which literally means Love cafe, is one of our favourite breakfast and bruch places in Istanbul. ”To See & be seen” is probably the most suitable description for this fabulous hidden restaurant. With a terrace on the Bosphorus waterfront, a trendy crowd and a romantic garden setting the...
Çengelköy villa Bosphorus

Çengelköy villa Bosphorus

Çengelköy Villa Bosphorus Villa Bosphorus is located on the Asian side of Istanbul with a spectacular view of the Bosphorus bridge. They offer a delicious seafood menu and a wide assortment of quality wines. Probably best during summer nights when you can sit outside and gradually see the lights of the Bosphorus bridge go on to perform their magical show....
Official Holidays Turkey (National Holidays)

Official Holidays Turkey (National Holidays)

Official Holidays Turkey 2014 Like every country, Turkey has it’s own official public holidays. These holidays can basically be grouped into religious and national holidays.  You can find a list of all official holidays in Turkey here below:   Weekday                 . Date             . Holiday...
Upscale shopping Istanbul (Istinye Park)

Upscale shopping Istanbul (Istinye Park)

Upscale shopping in Istanbul – Istinye Park As mentioned in our previous posts, Istanbul is truly a shopping walhalla for shopaholics. With its hugh number of Shopping Malls (AVM’s) and shopping high streets, Istanbul is definitely one of the best cities in the world for shopping. In this post, we will share our experience in Istinye...
Upscale Shopping in Istanbul (Nışantaşı)

Upscale Shopping in Istanbul (Nışantaşı)

Upscale Shopping in Istanbul - Nışantaşı Spending money on clothes or fashion items in Istanbul is absolutely no problem. You can either choose from of the many shopping malls in Istanbul or go to one of the main shopping streets. In one of our other posts we have shared our experiences in Istinye Park. This post...
Mobile in Turkey

Mobile in Turkey

Mobile in Turkey Have you recently moved to Turkey? Bought a new Turkish SIM card and a new Turkish number? You have been more than 2 weeks in Turkey with your mobile phone and wondering why it does not work anymore? That is because you haven’t paid the tax over your mobile phone in order...
Toll in Turkey (HGS & OGS)

Toll in Turkey (HGS & OGS)

Toll in Turkey To be able to drive on the highways in Turkey and Istanbul you need to pay toll. There are basically 2 methods to pay toll in Turkey:                     You can get an HGS at your bank in Turkey or at PTT (Posta Telgraf...
Car rental Istanbul

Car rental Istanbul

Car Rental Istanbul Driving in Istanbul can be quite tricky and stressful. You can find more information about driving in Turkey in this post. In addition, a cab is relatively cheap in Istanbul so unless you are not going out of the city and just trying to get from A to B, we will not...
Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus cruise A Bosphorus cruise offers some of the most spectacular views of Istanbul. During the Bosphorus tour you will have best views on both the Asian and European side of Istanbul, several Ottoman palaces (including Dolmabahçe Palace), the two famous bridges connecting the continents and many beautiful waterfront villas. These villas are actually referred...
Driving in Istanbul

Driving in Istanbul

Driving in Istanbul If you are not used to the traffic in Turkey, driving in Istanbul can be quite an experience. First of all, you have to be very careful. Lanes do not mean anything in Istanbul and there are only a few drivers that are actually using their turn signals. So be careful! The...
Residence Permit in Turkey

Residence Permit in Turkey

Residence Permit in Turkey Getting a residence permit in Turkey can be quite a time consuming task. If you live in Istanbul, you first have to make an appointment with the “Istanbul Yabancılar Şube Müdürlüğü” which basically is the “foreign department of the Police”. There are many blogs on the internet describing how to get a residence permit...