Istanbul bridge between Europe and Asia

 Istanbul bridge between Europe and Asia | by Carlos Melia for 429 Magazine  | Carlos Melia, our Luxury Gay Travel Guru, shares with us his experience between west and east, Europe and Asia, in Istanbul, Turkey. Where to Sleep and Eat. Must See and Do and insider Tips. Continue reading Istanbul bridge between Europe and Asia

The House Hotels my favorites in Istanbul

The House Hotels my favorites in Istanbul  |  Istanbul, Turkey  |  If you are looking for the premium boutique, design, chic hotel experience while in Istanbul, then you should choose The House Hotels, with their three locations in the city, all on the European side: Nisantasi, Galatasaray and Bosphorus. Each unique, and true to the area they are located and represent. During my stay, I spend my nights at the two properties in Galatasaray (my ultimate favorite) and Nisantasi. Continue reading The House Hotels my favorites in Istanbul

Istanbul bridge between Europe and Asia at dot429.com

Istanbul bridge between Europe and Asia at dot429.com  |  429MAGAZINE  |  Everyone, my weekly column on Gay Luxury Travel for 429MAGAZINE at dot429.com is out and online. Check it OUT. !!! This week based on my recent experience in Istanbul, Turkey. Inside tips on where to stay, dine, wine and must dos and sees. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

Special thanks for this trip to Aristo Tours – local Tour Operator of Turkey and to Lufthansa for flying me there in full class and style on their brand new Business Class configuration and Boeings 747-8.

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Best photos I took of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Best photos I took of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul  |  Istanbul, Turkey  |  So proud of this photos I took of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul that I want to share it with you. Taken from the higher floors of the Hagia Sofia Museum. Hope you enjoy them. (four of them) Will be posting more photos and videos soon. Continue reading Best photos I took of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Inside look at Ayasofa Hurrem Sultan Hamami


Inside look at Ayasofa Hurrem Sultan Hamami  |  Istanbul, Turkey  | A visit to Turkey and Istanbul, without a proper tradition Hamam experience, is not a visit. Therefore I came to the Ayasofa Hurren Sultan Hamami, just across the Hagia Sofa Museum and in front of the Blue Mosque.  One of the most sensual and relaxing experiences of my life I must say. Built in 1556, Ayasofa Hurren Sultan Hamami, by Mimar Sinan by order of Hurrem Sultan, wife of Suleyman the Magnificent, near Hagia Sophia in 16. century, at the location of historical Zeuksippos Baths that was destroyed in 532 year completely. Continue reading Inside look at Ayasofa Hurrem Sultan Hamami

AWAY in Istanbul will be back shortly


AWAY in Istanbul will be back shortly  |  Istanbul, Turkey  |  Hi there everyone, greetings from Istanbul, where I have been for the last 4 days. Came all the way from Berlin, thanks to the support of Lufthansa, to explore this destination for the first time. Not being lazy, just too busy and staying away of the WiFi to further explore the area and highlights to later share it with all of you. In the meantime, time permit I will be posting some videos, like the one above from yesterday. Private yacht by Interlimousine, sailing along the Bosphorus, channel that separates Asia from Europe connected by two main bridges, and links the path in between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. I will be posting more on my late trips to Germany, Turkey and my next week in London and rest of England. In the meantime, you may follow me day to day subscribing to my Facebook Profile, where I am continuously posting photos and videos. Continue reading AWAY in Istanbul will be back shortly

GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Istanbul Turkey

GPS Carlos Melia on my way to Istanbul Turkey  |  Istanbul, Turkey  |  Once again at an Airport and heading to a new destination, shocking right. This time at Tegel Airport in Berlin, heading onboard Lufthansa to Istanbul via Munich. First time coming to Turkey and I have an amazing schedule to explore this city in five days. I will be reporting live for the Blue Mosque and the onboard a private yacht on the Bosphorus. So stay tuned. As for Germany, it has been a great visit to Berlin and I will be reporting and sharing all videos and photos soon, when I have a minute to seat down and blog about it. Calling my name to board, TTL and see you tonight at the W Hotel Istanbul, my first overnight stop. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

(*) Special thanks to those companies that are making this trip possible, in particular Aristo Tours, knowledgeable tour local tour operator in Istanbul and Lufthansa.

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