Ways to Commute – part 1: ´Istanbul Airport´ (İstanbul Havalimanı)

As I write this, Turkish society has reopened since the pandemic eased. Let´s hope that the situation will remain good and we will begin to enjoy traveling again. In this first part of my ´Ways to Commute´ -posts, I will tell you about Istanbul´s new airport (in part 2, I will tell you about the traffic in Istanbul). Despite its large size, the airport is a pleasant, easy, and friendly airport – and even visually charming. So let’s land in Istanbul – a warm welcome!

Beylerbeyi Palace (Beylerbeyi Sarayı) – the summer residence of the sultans

I am not particularly interested in writing about the palaces of Istanbul, because you will already find a lot of information about them anyway. But one of the palaces is close to my heart because of its special beauty, colors and versatility. And also because it is closely related to my grandchild’s ancestry. So welcome to Beylerbeyi Palace, to the summer residence of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire!

’The Istanbul Butcher’ – friendly, luxurious and good quality

Istanbul always manages to surprise you; for example, have you ever, on the basis of a shop window, thought of entering a luxury cosmetics store only for it to turn out to be a luxury butcher shop? That’s exactly what happened to me, and now I’m going to tell you about this uniquely visual, friendly and tasteful place.

Polonezköy – nature holiday in Istanbul Province

Did you know that less than an hour’s drive from the center of Istanbul you can find a scenic oasis? In addition to the peaceful nature of this countryside, there is also a surprising historical dimension. So welcome to a nature holiday in Istanbul, the village of Polonezköy!

Do you miss the captivating lively street life of Istanbul?

In these different and difficult pandemic times, we have not been able to normally enjoy the bustling and wild street life of the cities. Everything has fallen silent. Do you miss the lively urban vibe as much as I do? Luckily, technology can help us and enable us to once again experience together the unique atmosphere of the streets in Istanbul. Please join me for this joy, let´s feel the music and dance together!

Istanbul Cable Car, Pierre Loti Hill & Turku Funicular, Kakolanmäki

In both cities of the seven hills, Istanbul and Turku, you will find one hill, the top of which you can reach using other methods than walking or driving by car. You can travel to Istanbul’s Pierre Loti Hill (Pierre Loti Tepesi) by cable car and Turku’s Kakolanmäki by funicular. Have you experienced either these means of transportation? And do you know the history of these hills? Do you know what you will find at the tops of these hills today?

Rumi (Mevlâna) and Sufism in Istanbul: Galata Mevlevi Museum (Galata Mevlevihanesi Müzesi)

Rumi is my important “teacher” in every day of my life. Therefore I had to think carefully about how could I bring this topic up with sufficient respect. I was grateful to have the opportunity to share this great wisdom of Rumi with the letters of the book of my another important teacher Erkki Lehtiranta: “Tien päällä ja taivaan alla”. In this post, we’ll also visit the Galata Mevlevi Museum in Beyoğlu, where Istanbul offers you an experience of this mystical and deep wisdom of Rumi as well as Sufism.

Cezayir Street (Cezayir Sokağı)

Even in these difficult times we can’t always travel, we still have a chance to enjoy great places via internet. Let me present to you “the candy of Istanbul”. It is like a hidden treasure not even known to all people of Istanbul. If you are inspired by colors, lights, music and lovely décor, welcome to Cezayir Street to Beyoğlu!

The seascapes of Istanbul – part 2: Asia

Fenerbahçe Parkı

This post is a continuation for my first post about the seascapes of Istanbul, where I told you about the seascapes of Europe and the Princes´ Islands with photos. Now it’s the turn of Istanbul´s Asian side. Here you are, I hope you´ll enjoy!

The seascapes of Istanbul – part 1: Europe and the Princes´ Islands

Rumeli Hisari, Bosphorus, Istanbul, Euroope

There are no words to fully describe the beauty of Istanbul’s seascapes, so this post will consist mostly of photos – after all, a picture is worth a thousand words. We have a positive problem i.e. there are too many beautiful seascapes in Istanbul, so I had to divide my post into two parts. In this post, you will see the seascapes of Europe and the Princes´ Islands (in part 2, I will present the seascapes of Asia).