Peradays Boutique Hotel, Istanbul

Finding Istanbul’s perfect boutique hotel: Peradays

Peradays ticks all my boxes for the perfect urban boutique hotel: chic, modern interiors, well-designed rooms, a great location close to bars and restaurants, friendly hosts and special touches that set it apart from soulless chain hotels. It’s easy to see why it won Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice award last year for Istanbul’s top B&B. […]

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

How to fit the best of Istanbul into four days

Istanbul has been the capital of four empires for 16 centuries, spans two continents, straddles two seas, has one of the world’s most beautiful skylines punctuated with palaces and minarets, is an endlessly fascinating East-meets-West mix of mosques, designer shops and buzzing bars, a cacophony of hooting car-choked streets, blasting ship horns from the incessant […]

Noble House Galata, Guest house, Istanbul

Hip and quirky: Istanbul’s Noble House Galata guesthouse

Tucked away in a tiny side street so small our taxi driver couldn’t find it, Noble House Galata turned out be a wonderfully friendly and cosy guesthouse. From the moment we arrived to Turkish coffee and tea in reception we felt like we were staying in a friend’s home rather than a hotel. Staff are super […]

Hot air ballooning, Cappadocia, Turkey

Why Turkey should be on your bucket list

I was really excited to visit Turkey for the first time recently, and imagined  having a pretty good trip. It blew me away. From the moment I arrived in Istanbul, I loved every moment of being in this amazing country. I had no idea how beautiful, diverse, culturally rich, friendly and historically fascinating Turkey was, and […]

#occupygezi protest on Istiklal Street, Istanbul

On being part of #OccupyGezi

After enthusiastically planning a first-time trip to Turkey for months, my boyfriend Joe and I arrived in Istanbul two weeks ago and immersed ourselves in this amazing city. On our second day there, we unwittingly became part of the protests against the building of a shopping mall in Gezi Park when we were strolling down […]


Turkish delight

I’m off in just over a week to a country I’ve never been to before and I couldn’t be more excited. I decided to plan an early-summer trip to Turkey for three reasons: 1. There are cheap flights from Cape Town (R6000 return on Turkish Airlines, direct to Istanbul) 2. South Africans don’t need a […]