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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:

Inside the Hagia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia isn’t just the best-known tourist attraction in Istanbul, or one of Europe’s most cherished landmarks… it’s one of the greatest buildings in human history. This church, nearly 1500 years in age, was once the center of Byzantine faith, later reborn as the predominant mosque of the Ottoman Empire, and today has found a new purpose as one of the world’s most popular museums….

May 21, 2013


The Yeni Camii – New Mosque
The Yeni Camii translates to “New Mosque”, and really demonstrates the problem inherent in naming things “New”. Sure… back in 1665, the Yeni Camii was Istanbul’s great new mosque, and everybody in the Ottoman Empire was freaking out about how brand new it was. But 350 years later? Not so much….

Jun 28, 2013


Gezi Park – After the Storm
Following a wild weekend of protests, we ventured up to Gezi Park on Sunday to see how things were going. The police had pulled out, leaving Taksim Square wholly in the hands of the people. Thousands had gathered around the square, and a festive atmosphere had settled in. We saw hundreds of volunteers cleaning up the trash and broken glass which had accumulated over the weekend, and others, less civic-minded, posing in front of vandalized, flipped-over cars….

Jun 02, 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!