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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:

Orhan Pamuk and the Museum of Innocence
Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature, is easily Turkey’s most famous contemporary author. And one of his books, The Museum of Innocence, is more than just a novel. It’s a real museum, designed to exactly replicate the imaginary museum described in his story. A fascinating project which begs the question: does a thing cease to be fictional when it actually exists?…

Jul 05, 2013


The Historic Arcades of İstiklal Caddesi
I’m beginning to think that we could have dedicated 91 days to just Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district. In fact, a blog devoted entirely to the city’s main shopping street isn’t inconceivable. İstiklal Caddesi For 91 Days. The number of bars, restaurants, shops, theaters and galleries along “Independence Street” is overwhelming. We spent an entire day exploring just its historic arcades. What follows are short descriptions of our favorites, with links to their exact locations….

May 06, 2013


The Great Palace Mosaic Museum
Not much remains of the Great Palace of Constantinople, built in 330 AD and home to Byzantine emperors for over 800 years. After taking the city in 1453, the Ottomans reduced the palace to rubble and eventually erected the Blue Mosque on top of it. But not all was lost. Excavations in the 1920s uncovered some brilliant mosaic patterns which had once decorated the palace’s floors and walls. And these have been preserved in the Great Palace Mosaic Museum….

Mar 15, 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!