Comparision of 55 years

The movie “From Russia with love” is a James Bond Movie from 1963. Most of the movie took place in Istanbul and on the Orient Express. From Russia, with Love is the fifth novel by the English author Ian Fleming and the book was inspired by author’s Fleming’s visit to Turkey on behalf of The Sunday Times to report on an Interpol conference; he returned to Britain by the Orient Express.

One picture from the movie and the other one is from 2018. Nothing so much changed in 55 years. Even some of the trees are the same!

This is a place close to Unkapanı.

You can go here by yourself or contact with me If you need a guide

A nice istanbul route for vloggers (youtubers) in Istanbul

If you are a vlogger or a curious tourist that love “walking” this route is exactly for you:

You will start from Eminönü and finish at Valens Aqueduct. On the way you will see Süleymaniye Mosque, (Architect Sinan’s one of the best architecture) Commissioned by Sultan Süleyman known as ‘the Magnificent’.The mosque and its surrounding buildings were designed by Mimar Sinan, the most famous and talented of all imperial architects. Sinan’s türbe (tomb) is just outside the mosque’s walled garden, next to a disused medrese(seminary) building.

than you will go to Vefa Bozacısı ( this is a well known place for the  local, traditional drink “BOZA” Turkish Boza is a fermented drink that is based on bulgur and yeast. It has a sweet and sour taste that you should try…You will find some vinegars in this store as well….

you will find the taste of Boza so nice and different that your brain will code it as a unique taste for ever

The Şehzadepaşa (Şehzade)  Mosque, was commissioned by Sultan Suleiman (Magnificiant Suleiman)  for his son who died at the age of 22.  So the mosque has some hidden codes sorrow of a Sultan for his son. This mosque was the first mosque designed by Architect Sinan for the members of the Ottoman dynasty. By this mosque Sinan baceme an Imperial Architect by time. It has a peacefull courtyard that you can have a rest.

Then Valens Aqueduct was built in Byzantine period and supplied the city’s water till 19th century. Valens Aqueduct is something to stop and stare at to feel the pure history.

Then you will walk to Kadınlar Pazarı (Women’s Market)

Here you will see traditional foods and restaurants with Kurdish and Arabic influenced dishes from southeastern part of Turkey.

Different type of Cheeses, spices, honeys, and yogurts including manda yoğurdu (water buffal.o)