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Demonstrations in Istanbul

You know you’re in Istanbul when you see the riot squad assembling in the city centre (even if they are looking a little casual). Our housesitting hosts advised us to take off in the opposite direction if we saw this happening. Apparently water cannons & tear gas can be the norm if the crowd gets […]

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Mad Hatters of Istanbul

A crazy week was had by all when Michelle joined us in Istanbul. So many laughs in such a short time! Wanting a slightly different edge to our pics we set off in search of something distinctive … We found hats! We hit all the top sights … The amazing Blue Mosque, the madness of […]

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Living Like a Local in Arnavutköy Istanbul

Arnavutköy is a beautiful old fishing village nestled on the Bosphorus Strait. Famous for its village lifestyle, old Ottoman wooden mansions & seafood restaurants … it has a natural calm rhythm of its own. Now an upmarket suburb of Istanbul, its bordered by the buzziness of Bebek & elite Etiler … playground to the rich […]

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Meet Butterscotch, the playful puss we looked after at our housesit in Istanbul. His antics kept us amused, from his soccer skills to his ability to find the best hiding spots in the apartment… here he is tunnelling his way through a paper bag to freedom.

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