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Things to do in: Istanbul

Things to do in: Istanbul

Tucked between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a reflection of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires that once ruled in this part of the world. As a bi-continental city, influence from both Eastern and Western cultures is evident, as this city is distinct in its mixture of sights, sounds, smells...
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24 hours in: Istanbul

24 hours in: Istanbul

The mighty Istanbul. Famous for straddling two continents, this city’s east-meets-west vibes have been attracting travellers for decades. The city can easily overwhelm the uninitiated, so we asked our local team of Istanbul tour guides to tell us what they would do with just 24 hours in Istanbul. Morning: 7am...
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What it’s like to visit a Syrian refugee centre in Istanbul

What it’s like to visit a Syrian refugee centre in Istanbul

Our Olive Tree of Istanbul tour is run in partnership with Small Projects Istanbul, a local NGO that’s helping Syrian refugees to find their feet in a new home. Here’s what one traveller discovered on the tour. For travellers, to roam and be immersed in new cultures and landscapes is...
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The complete guide to: Istanbul travel

The complete guide to: Istanbul travel

Istanbul houses a vibrant and eclectic culture that draws from both the East and the West. With an abundance of intricate architecture, a beautiful language, fascinating traditions, and amazing food (and coffee… and desserts…), your chances of experiencing culture shock (in a good way!) are pretty likely. Travel is rewarding, but it can also be...
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Ramadan celebrations in Istanbul

Ramadan celebrations in Istanbul

In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Jen, our guide on the ground in Istanbul, told us about Ramadan in her city. Having grown up in the “bush,” I honestly don’t think I knew what...
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Making a new home in Istanbul

Making a new home in Istanbul

The future of Syria may be uncertain, but the future of Syrian students and families doesn’t have to be. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Shannon Kay is the co-director of Small Projects Istanbul (SPI), grassroots NGO with a mission to provide access to formal and supplemental education for Syrian newcomers to...
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Photo of the week: Dusk in Istanbul

Photo of the week: Dusk in Istanbul

Dusk brings its magical glow to the narrow streets of Istanbul. This is our favourite time of day – it’s the best time to capture twinkling lights (hint for October’s Local Mission!) when colours become more vibrant, the streets fill with homeward-bound locals, and of course, it means dinnertime is...
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Photo of the Week: Breakfast Club in Istanbul

Photo of the Week: Breakfast Club in Istanbul

The streets of Istanbul are full of stands selling fresh local delicacies to busy Turks. Simit is a circular bread crusted with sesame seeds, served with cheese,and paired with çay – Turkish tea! Istanbul Urban Adventures shared this Instagram of their favourite local breakfast to grab on the go!
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Photo of the Week: Golden Skies in Istanbul

Photo of the Week: Golden Skies in Istanbul

It’s impossible not to love a gorgeous sunset shot over a city skyline. Which is the exact reason why we are head over heels for this beautiful photo of Istanbul. Not only does this city look perfect as you look out over the rooftops in the foreground, but with the...
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Things to do in: Chania, Crete

Things to do in: Chania, Crete

One of the most charming cities on Crete, Chania is the destination of your dreams — if your dreams include narrow cobbled streets, flower-filled balconies, late nights of music along the waterfront, rounds of delicious seafood and heaps of history. There’s a reason that most people who come to Crete...
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