Places to Visit: Pierre Loti Tepesi / Pierre Loti Hill

Julien Viaud known as ‘Pierre Loti’, a French naval officer and novelist who lived between 1850-1923, made his first visit to Istanbul at the age of 26. He was so enchanted by the Ottoman culture and beauty of Istanbul, he became a regular visitor to the city. During his visits, he was staying at Eyüp district which is by the Golden Horn …

Places to Visit: The Museum of Innocence (Masumiyet Müzesi)

The Museum of Innocence is both a novel by Orhan Pamuk and a museum he has set up. From the very beginnings of the project, since the 1990s, Pamuk has conceived of novel and museum together. The novel, which is about love, is set between 1974 and the early ’00s, and describes life in Istanbul between 1950 and 2000 through …

Places to Visit: Prince Islands (Prens Adaları (Adalar))

The Prince Islands (Turkish: Prens Adaları, from the historic Greek name  Prinkēpōn nēsoi (Πριγκήπων νήσοι), alternatively written as Princes’ Islands in which the “princes” are plural (meaning “Islands of the Princes”); or Kızıl Adalar (“Red Islands”) in Turkish); officially just Adalar (“Islands”), are an archipelago off the coast of Istanbul,  Turkey, in the Sea of Marmara. The islands constitute the Adalar district of Istanbul Province. The mayor of the Adalar district is Atilla Aytaç. They consist of four larger islands, Büyükada (“Big …