I saw a huge deer in the Belgrade Forest, Istanbul

On Saturday, May 18, 2024, I set out on my bike from Bahçeköy with my friends, intending to cycle through the Belgrade Forest towards Göktürk. While passing through the Belgrade Forest, I saw a huge male deer on the right, near the fence (inside the fence). It was lying down near the fence, resting and …

Experience Istanbul Differently: 3 Non-Touristy Activities to do

Istanbul offers more than just its popular tourist attractions. Numerous hidden gems go beyond the typical guidebook recommendations for travelers eager to experience this vibrant city like an “active” local. Here are three non-touristy activities that reveal a different side of Istanbul, providing a unique and enriching experience.

A photo of Belgrade Forest, İstanbul under snow

Belgrade Forest, a serene and lush oasis on the outskirts of Istanbul, transforms into a winter wonderland under the spell of snow. This photo that I took back on January 18, 2021, captures this transformation. It showcases the forest’s hilltops and trees blanketed in a heavy layer of snow. This enchanting scenery, set against the …