{Istanbul} Ihlamur Kasrı – A Green Escape in Istanbul

The Ihlamur Kasrı is a green oasis in the middle of the city. It got its name from the countless Linden trees it was built within, Linden translates to ıhlamur in Turkish. The Ihlamur Kasrı is a former imperial Ottoman summer palace, built during the rule of Sultan Abdülmecid. The construction of this small palace was completed in 1857 and it is located in the neighborhood of Beşiktaş. It’s architect was Nikogos Balyan, a famous imperial architect at that time.

Within the area you can find two buildings, the main palace is called Merasim Kiosk and the secondary building is called Maiyet Kiosk. The main building was used for ceremonies and is more ornate, it impresses with a grand staircase leading to the entrance.


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{Istanbul} My Year 2015 and WordPress Review

The year 2015 started for me in Istanbul and will end today in Hamburg! I spent a wonderful time in Istanbul, made so many great experiences, found new friends, met old friends and found love!

My blog celebrated his first anniversary in October 2015 and I met great people through Dilim Dilim Istanbul, either online or in real life. I learned so many new things, worked on my writing skills, my food photography and my cooking skills!

I’m thankful for every single reader & follower your likes, comments and support! I am really motivated for the next year and have big plans for my blog already. I’m planning my next trip to Istanbul, it will be very soon and I can’t wait to share the new places I will explore.

My blog highlights of 2015 in pictures:


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. In the report you can learn more about my stats, which one was my most popular post and many more things!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


I wish all of you a Happy New Year! All the best & love!

See you next year


{Istanbul} Bye Bye Istanbul

Some time passed since I left Istanbul and I needed some time to settle in to my new/old life in Germany. Saying goodbye to Istanbul was tough, not only to this magical city but also to many people who accompanied me on my journey.

I will miss countless things like: the great Turkish food you can buy on every corner of any street or many different kinds of restaurants, buying my fresh veggies, fruits and other foods every Sunday on the farmer’s market in my neighborhood, having a long Turkish breakfast in my favorite breakfast restaurants on the weekend, sitting in Cihangir Parkı and watching ferries and the skyline of Istanbul while having a beer, walking through the streets and petting streetcats, going for a weekend trip to escape the busy city.

But there are also many things I won’t miss such as walking through the streets and feeling foreign, plastic bags you get for everything you buy, driving with the overcrowded metrobus!

I started this Blog in Istanbul and even I’m not living there anymore I want to continue and share vegan and vegetarian Turkish recipes with you.

bye bye