Istanbul

24 Hours in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, an Islamic city without the radical factor is an attractive option in this day and age.  The peaceful Topkapi Palace is first cab off the rank.  In its outdoors, all four courtyards of it, the silence is only broken by the soft tweets of the avian residents.  This air of serenity is accompanied by a rich royal history: Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1494 – 1566) insisted everyone walked around in silence to avoid compromising his tranquillity. Read more about 24 Hours in Istanbul, Turkey

Explore the Bazaars of Istanbul

On holiday I want to recharge my batteries, turn off my mobile and leave work at home. It's all about sun, books, swimming and eating. Out of summer, I enjoy short city breaks in small boutique hotels where the museums, galleries and public places are a walk away. Seville, Paris, Tallinn and Prague are great cities with good public transport - less hassle than hiring a car. Istanbul has long been a place I wanted to see, so I decided to head over and spend a few days exploring the city.  Read more about Explore the Bazaars of Istanbul