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DAMLA

About Me

Fascinated by the concept of travel since the early ages of my childhood, I would never leave vacation planning to any other family member and start packing for weeks in advance, eager to get on the road at the soonest. I would never consider a trip finished until I literally stepped in the house and the excitement of planning our next holiday before the joy of traveling faded away would take over me. Combined with my never-ceasing enthusiasm for cultural exchange through travel, it was no surprise when I chose to study tourism at Bogazici University. I have been very lucky to find career opportunities to evolve my passions into advice and assistance for travelers to Turkey. I love to see the magic of travel at work, connecting people and the biggest reward for me is travelers bidding farewell to Turkey with not only a big smile on their faces, but also a promise to come back to explore further. Travel is indisputably a learning experience for both travelers and advisors; the more you learn, the more you are equipped to feel the destination you are visiting to the fullest, so I am here at Sirkeci Mansion to keep you up-to-date on all details you may need while shaping your holiday stays in Istanbul.

My İstanbul

My Istanbul is the smell of roasted chestnuts on the streets in January, a romantic chill in February, a refreshing promise of hope spilled over by the blossoms of fruit trees in March, a trip to Princes’ Isles in April, not being able to take your eyes away from the beauty of Judas trees on the Bosphorus in May, peaceful mornings in June, a seat on the side benches of vapur rides to feel the cooling splashes of the sea when facing the sun in July, a heartfelt longing after a summer vacation and open air concerts in August, the return of stage performances in September, a leisurely walk in Guhane Park to enjoy the few warmer days of the season in October, all shades of green, yellow and red in November and an exciting anticipation of snow for a fairy town look in December. Istanbul is where I was born, grew up and live today, but even after all these years, Istanbul still has several surprises in store for me and everyday fills me with inspiration for new explorations, so welcome to my Istanbul and why not join me in my explorations!

AGAH

About Me

Hi everybody. My name is Okay, I am one of your hosts at the Sirkeci Mansion Hotel. I studied politics and had my bachelors degree in Turkey and my MA's in the UK. For a while I worked for broadcasting and publishing companies as an agent and a writer. Fortunately, life made me one of the first members of the Sirkeci Mansion Hotel and this year is my 5th year. My İstanbul She is mysterious. Each corner you turn will make you face with a new surprise. Just like a beatiful lady that you are addicted to and miss when you are away. She feeds you with the unique samples of the Turkish Cuisine. She will never let you feel bored with the night life, concerts, exhibitions, sport activities. Never miss the beauties of the Bosphorus. Of course visit the historical sites do all the touristy things but never forget to catch the real spirit, flow with the local life, get lost.

My İstanbul

She is mysterious.. Each corner you turn will make you face with a new suprise. Just like a beautiful lady that you are addicted to and miss when you are away. She feeds you with the unique samples of the Turkish Cuisine. She will never let you feel bored with the night life, concerts, exhibitions, sport activities. Never miss the beauties of the Bosphorus. Of course visit the historical sites do all the touristy things but never forget to catch the real spirit, flow with the local life, get lost.

TAMER

About Me

Hi everyone! My name is Tamer. Eventhough my name is Turkish I have born and raised in Hungary, in a half Turkish half Hungarian family. So the beggining of my life was a bit far, but yet very close from the Turkish Culture. Then, as my family moved to Istanbul I started to observe and soak up the all the key pieces that I haven't seen or missed out in my life have created my new persona and characteristics of a local, but also the aspect of a foreigner. And that is why I love to guide and introduce the people and make to fall in love to this lovely city, but also giving some useful tips that a local couldn't have pick out most probably.

My İstanbul

Each city and country has its own particular smell that sets it apart. My nose tells me there are three distinct smells in Istanbul: kebab, fish and perfume. There are quite a few street where all you can come across is kebab restaurants fulfilled with customers having a feast over the live coals, having warm and friendly conversations. Tiny food units on the corners, where the people gather to take a break from the hectic streets to grab some roasted chestnuts, or sit down for some grilled meatballs. The Galata Bridge, where fishermen cast their lines when the sun rises and sell the day’s catch, smells like fish. And you can smell perfume anywhere. We like to wear fragrance, which wafts in our wake. Also you can experience the different kinds of "parfumes" when you just wander around the posh streets just by walking pass the authentic tea house's brewed tea leaf aromes or the caffe's freshly roasted coffee beans smell, the inviting sweet shops' cinnamony, creamy fragrance.