Sealife – Istanbul Aquarium

This is one of the places you can go to when the weather is bad.

Located in the Forum Istanbul complex on the European side, in the Gaziosmanpaşa district.

On a weekend, if you set on your trip early (around 10am) you shouldn’t get stuck in a traffic jam.

Keep in mind though that around 12-13 pm Forum Istanbul will start to get crowded as there are always customers for Decathlon, Ikea and Media Markt.

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The place was very enjoyable for the kids and despite some beautiful … continue reading

Tarhana – natural instant soup

One amazing and typically Turkish product, which I am actually using against its purpose, is tarhana.

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I recall I spent some time at the market shelf analysing the ingredients and was surprised it had no wheat – at that time it was something I was looking for. I bought it although I didn’t actually know what it was for. It sounded interesting, though.

In the absence of bułka tarta (bread crumbs) I used it as breading for chops. If you are not Polish you don’t know that the most common dinner dish … continue reading

Snow #3

It is 18 Feb 2015 and this bush grows in Istanbul :)

It’s official, the #3 snow is the most severe so far this winter.

Snow in Istanbul

If you don’t believe me, read this.

The city definitely doesn’t cope with this kind of weather, especially when so many drivers seem to be recklessly not using the winter tyres.

What are winter tyres – some ask?

When you realise you cannot turn like you want to or you cannot break, or you cannot actually start…  you realise … continue reading

Havuç Yağı or Carrot Seed Oil

When I arrived in Turkey last year, I read somewhere that Turkish pharmacy shops have plenty of products not found anywhere else and some of them are believed to work wonders, like carrot seed oil, for example. Apparently, you can get it in any pharmacy shop.

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I like natural cosmetics so it got my attention and, excited, I started searching. But with no luck, I’m afraid.

Pharmacy shops offered pretty much similar products and brands as in Poland, or any other country for that matter: Dove, L’Oreal, Pantene, Nivea… brands I don’t use. Apart … continue reading

Yeniköy on a windy day

Yeniköy is a neighbourhood on the European side, at the Boshporus known for its beautiful Ottoman times yalıs. While it is a popular place for international consulates’ summer houses, behind them, streets flourish with small cafes and fish restaurants. Some famous people are said to live here, e.g. Tansu Çiller  (first female Prime Minister in Turkey 1993- 1996).

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The name comes from Greek (Neohorion) and means New Village, or in Polish Nowa Wieś :) not a very original name… given to, probably, a thousand villages in Poland. But it … continue reading