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Week #1: Breakfast at Bebek

I have started 2018 with a short (after NYE party) run. We were lucky that the first day of the year was sunny and quite warm, so we decided to have a breakfast in Bebek. Our choice was Midpoint. Midpoint has many branches around Istanbul and the menu is always the same, of course, the experience depends on the staff.

What was our breakfast choice? A breakfast for two which was enough for all 3 of us. Pancakes included in breakfast and an unlimited amount of tea, besides börek, different types of cheese and veggies, dry fruits, honey, chocolate cream, homemade jams...  I love their jams and fresh bread. If 3 person share a breakfast plate for 2, price per person is less then 20 TL.

Afiyet olsun!

5 Books about Istanbul

This post goes for all the book lovers out there! Here is a short list of books about Istanbul. The list is not a definite since there are many many books written about this city.


Orhan Pamuk: Istanbul: Memories and the City

The obvious, Pamuk's book about Istanbul and his childhood memories. It's one of my favourite books of Pamuk and I would certainly recommend it to you after your visit in Istanbul. You can also read it before, but if you are totally unfamiliar with the Turkish history and Istanbul, it might be a bit difficult to read it. An absolute must for all of you who would like to know how Istanbul looked liked twenty, thirty, forty (...) years ago. Nostalgic descriptions of old Istanbul.

Ara Güler, nicknamed "The Eye of Istanbul", is one of the most famous Turkish photographers. He joined the Magnum Photos agency and later also left it. His most famous photos show daily life in Istanbul from the 1940's until 1980's. Some of the photos are also included in Pamuk's book Istanbul: Memories and the City. If you like his photography, then you might also his cafe next to Galatasaray High School in the Istiklal Street.

Elif Shafak is one of the most famous Turkish women writers. Most of her books are actually originally written in English and then translated into Turkish. In this book, Istanbul is just a background for a story about Armenian family and the relations between the women members of the family.

"If world was only one country, Istanbul would be its capital." (Napoleon) What Napoleon said in one sentence, Mansel wrote in one book. The book is dedicated to history of Constantinople, from Ottoman the conquest until the end of the Ottoman empire.

Who doesn't know Agatha Christie?? She (and her Hercule Poirot) also visited Istanbul. It is known that during her stay in the city, she was staying in the room 411 of the Pera Palace Hotel. It is in this hotel, where she allegedly wrote the Murder on the Orient Express. If you are a fan of her books, than you should definitely visit the Pera Palace Hotel and the Sirkeci train station - the final stop of the Orient Express.


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