Tag archives for Istanbul

I don’t know about you, but for me, indulging in authentic, local cuisine while traveling—and finding the most authentic establishment to patronize—is a must. With warm-weather wanderlust upon us, we asked our Facebook fans to give us the inside scoop on their city’s signature dish, and where to go if you want to try it for yourself. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s a new year and, with it, new trips to plan. As you mull over which places you’d like to tick off your travel bucket list in 2014, consider these brief but compelling reasons why you should visit 20 of the world’s cities from the people who know and love them best.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Travel may not take us to water that replenish our strength or smooth out our wrinkles, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a kind of “fountain of youth.” One way it works is by stretching time.

Long overlooked by tourists and developers because of a trifecta of fish stalls, hardware stores, and brothels, Karaköy these days is abuzz with newcomers, from galleries to top-notch restaurants, epitomizing a changing Istanbul, which has recently undergone episodes of isolated unrest.

I Heart My City (in the Spring)

Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it with open arms by highlighting seasonal must-dos from our amazing I Heart My City community.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Romance

I have to laugh when I see things like “rented” swans, petal-strewn hotel beds, and string-quartet serenades. That’s why I asked 10 concierges in some of my favorite cities what they would recommend to the most discerning of guests for a night of off-the-beaten-path romance — whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a wedding proposal, or simply a much-needed date night.

I Heart My City: Anya’s Istanbul

This week’s dose of local love.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

Photos: Where You Went

Belize, the Seychelles, Madrid? We’re practically salivating over here. Here’s a taste of where our Facebook friends went this weekend.

By Katherine Gypson A Turkish friend once told me that to understand Turkey all you need to do is take a walk down Istiklal Caddesi — the main pedestrian shopping area of Istanbul that hums with energy late into the night and hosts everything from street musicians to sophisticated clubbing to protests. “Istiklal,” she said,…

Cities can be as much fun for kids as they are for adults. From Istanbul to Singapore, Lonely Planet ranks their top vacation choices for both generations. [Lonely Planet] Trains can be a quick and easy way to get around places like Europe, but deciding what to pack isn’t always as simple. A few quick…

Photos: Where You Went

We are always impressed by our community’s passion for travel and exploration. That’s why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend?

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Our ultimate guide to Istanbul includes restaurants, hotels, cultural tips, and must-dos. [Traveler] The Watoto Foundation in Tanzania is helping children get off the streets and rebuild their lives. The foundation provides education, language skills, and ultimately job training to work with the foundation’s Kiboko Lodge, considered the world’s only hotel lodge run completely by…

In our October cover story, Pico Iyer writes of the wonders of Istanbul, the “City of the Future.” Writer Emilie Harting just returned from a visit herself, and delves deeper into the neighborhood of Beyoglu.   “Stay in Beyoglu,” advised my Turkish friend Haldun when I was planning a trip to Istanbul, his hometown. The…

National Geographic Traveler contributing writer Don Webster is almost always on the road. Today he sends a dispatch about his favorite boutique hotel in Istanbul. While I’m a long-time fan of Istanbul‘s boutique hotels (a decade-old trend that just seems to keep improving), there’s a new favorite on the horizon. As a rule, these places…

This year, inspired by our ever-popular “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. Today’s city-lover is Aysegul Surenkok, who shows us what Christmas is like in Istanbul. What to share the things that make…

Istanbul’s Whirling Dervishes

Managing Editor Scott Stuckey has just returned from Turkey and got an insider’s look at Istanbul’s famous Whirling Dervishes. I first heard the term “Whirling Dervishes” as a young child and, reasonably enough, surmised that they were dervishes who loved to whirl. What a dervish was, exactly, remained a mystery to me until last Friday,…

Istanbul Eats

Traveler managing editor Scott S. Stuckey is just back from a trip to Turkey, and suggests the best places to grab a bite. Today, October 29, is Turkey’s Independence Day, marking the 86th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic. During my visit to Istanbul last week, in anticipation of the celebrations and fireworks…

Rethinking Shanty Towns

Generally speaking, travelers tend to eschew slums in their urban itineraries. But Robert Neuwirth—a journalist who spent two years living in four squatter communities in Brazil, Kenya, India, and Turkey—considers these shanty towns vibrant neighborhoods worthy of exploration. After all, one in six people on the planet are considered squatters (that’s one billion people), an…

Cow Parade

Who knew the words "cow" and "fine art" would ever be used in the same sentence? But apparently, this combination has become the world’s largest public art event. It all began in 1998, when a Zurich sculptor made 812 fiberglass, life-size cows for local artists to decorate. The cows were placed all around the city,…