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From 91 Days in Istanbul
Without question one of the world’s greatest cities, Istanbul was an amazing place to call home for 91 days. We were based in forward-looking Beyoğlu, near Taksim Square, but made an effort to get to know the entire city. An impossible task, to be sure — with 14 million people and 39 districts, there is no way to learn everything about Istanbul in such a short time. But it sure was fun to try. Fascinating history, delicious food, boisterous markets, world-class museums, and some of the most friendly people we’ve ever met, were just some of the most memorable facets of the city. Reading through our blog might not make you an expert on Istanbul, but hopefully our experiences can help enrich your own. Start at the beginning of our adventures, visit our comprehensive index to find something specific, or choose one of the articles selected at random, below:

The Imperial Harem of Topkapı Palace
The Imperial Harem, the private pleasure palace of the Sultans, is the most well-known aspect of Ottoman royal life. But why has the Harem proven so persistent in the mind of popular culture? What is the secret behind its fame? Is it the fabulous tile-work which decorates its walls? Or is it the concept of hundreds of beautiful concubines with the sole mission of providing pleasure to a single man? Hmm… it’s a toss-up….

Jun 28, 2013


The Istanbul Modern
Istanbul’s Museum of Modern Art occupies an old warehouse in Tophane, right on top of the Bosphorus Strait. Downstairs are rotating temporary exhibits, while the upper floor houses the permanent collection along with a stylish cafe that has great-looking food, and an even better looking view….

Apr 03, 2013


The Küçüksu Pavilion
Built in 1857 as a lodge for Sultan Abdülmecid I, the elaborate facade of the Küçüksu Pavilion looks out over the Bosphorus Strait from the Asian side of Istanbul. Though its days as a summer retreat for Ottoman rulers may be a thing of the past, the pavilion has been meticulously preserved and now serves as a museum….

Apr 27, 2013

For 91 Days in Istanbul – The E-Book

One of the world’s most historic and fascinating cities, Istanbul was our home for three incredible months. We explored the city’s museums, neighborhoods, markets, and were introduced to a lot of wonderful culture, food and interesting history. An amazingly diverse metropolis, Istanbul has it all, and we made a concentrated effort to see as much as possible.

We’ve now collected our blog into an e-book for your Kindle, Nook or other e-reader. With over 100 articles and 230 full-color photos, and indexes organized alphabetically and by category, this portable edition is perfect for when you’re out and about in the city. We had a lot of wonderful adventures in Istanbul, and hope that our experiences help enrich your own.


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For just a few bucks, you can download your own copy of the book for use on your e-reader or computer, giving you access to our articles wherever you are, without having to connect to the internet. And, buying the e-book is a great way to support our project… take a look at some sample pages from the PDF.

Don’t forget to check out our other e-books, from our 91 days in Oviedo, Savannah, Buenos Aires, Bolivia, Palermo, Sri Lanka, Busan, Idaho and Iceland!