Turkey

Tips and Articles in Turkey

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express—a reconstruction of the train that inspired Agatha Christie's famous mystery—glides from Paris to Istanbul in six days and five nights, past bustling European cities and through the snowcapped Alps. Aboard the O-E...
Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan, in 1632, commissioned this most famous of all mausoleums for his favorite wife, Mumtaz. One of the greatest examples of Moghul architecture—a marriage of Hindu, Persian, and Islamic design—the Taj sits amid serene...
My father's father used to say that in Alatsata, there were "twenty thousand Greeks and one Turk: the cop." He was talking about the Alatsata of his youth, the village just outside Izmir, Turkey, where he was born—a Greek—in 1892. Izmir was Smyrn...
"Souks are full of educational tools, from merchandising to display techniques," says Majed al-Sabah, the royal Kuwaiti visionary whose unique Villa Moda boutiques have turned Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Kuwait into designer-label ...
The labyrinthine Grand Bazaar can seem like Istanbul's version of a 99-cent store, awash in evil-eye amulets and questionable caviar. But inside Can Antiques, a sense of Ottoman-era grandeur prevails. Owner Íbrahim Uslucan stocks dazzling reprodu...
To convert a 19th-century Istanbul distillery into a boutique hotel, architects Mark and Nedret Butler looked to the Bosporus for inspiration. At their 18-room Sumahan on the Water, the most intoxicating thing now is the view: palaces, sky...
Back in the eighties, one of the invitations coveted by New York's social elite was to cruise the cobalt-blue waters off Turkey's Aegean coast as a guest of Turkish-born Atlantic Records mogul Ahmet Ertegun and his decorator wife, Mica. Aboard th...
It seemed simple: beat the bitter March temperatures—and my jet lag—by visiting the Finnish sauna at the luxurious Hotel Kamp in Helsinki. Just when I felt myself begin to relax, two naked men opened the glass door and stood staring at me, seeming...