It’s only two years since an attempted coup but Istanbul is moving on and reinventing itself
Travel poem number 2 about Istanbul.
I depart the shiny new tram
taste sage tea hundreds of years in the making
consumed near a Muslim graveyard,
where I espied silhouettes of crescent moons, stars
under pitch black skies.
As I dodge mutant dancing zebras,
vehicles screech to halt at the light.
Garish clothes, piled on the pavement, are sorted
by six grey men, women
the smiling trader haggles with all.
My linen shirt feels clammy, I sniff fresh orange juice.
Men rock on wooden chairs, debate
unending traffic above on the concrete flyover.
Scrawny cats wail, hiss over a discarded kebab
A welcoming dolmus awaits travellers to distant destinations.
In once sleepy Kadıköy-Moda, new nightlife and culture hotspots happily coexist with the district’s established restaurants and cafes
Plunge into a world of soothing saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms with our pick of hot spots with character but without the whopping spa resort prices
Architecture and shopping go hand in hand at these characterful arcades, which also offer a glimpse into the city’s rich past
History often comes served with a contemporary twist in Istanbul hotels. Choose from a boutique hotel that once housed a sultan’s tailor, a night in the city’s former US embassy, a cool hostel with its own pizzeria and more
The Fener-Balat quarter, once the little Greece of Istanbul, is now one of the city’s trendy design districts and regaining the international feel of its past