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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 Karagöz Puppets of Bursa
Karagöz shadow puppetry, one of Turkey’s most distinctive art forms, was born in Bursa. And the city is still the best place in the world to catch a regular performance. It might be the only such place. Every day, the Karagöz Museum puts on shows starring the puppets which have kept Turkey in stitches for hundreds of years….

Jun 17, 2013


Istanbul Street Scenes
Art can be found everywhere on the streets of Istanbul. I’m not just talking about graffiti, although there is a lot of that, but the art of architecture, movement, and humanity. Everyday scenes of the city, framed by a minaret or the Bosphorus, changed by the play of shadows, or lightened with a bit of urban humor. Istanbul can be both strikingly beautiful and thought-provoking, simultaneously… just like any great piece of art….

Apr 01, 2013


Breakfast in Turkey
During our first Turkish breakfast, I surveyed the table with fear and doubt. Every conceivable inch was occupied by a plate, bowl or cup. It was a ridiculous amount of food! Had the waitress misheard our order? When I said “breakfast for two”, had she understood “A merry feast for my hungry horde of Vikings”? Because this… this couldn’t possibly be right….

Jun 29, 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!