The space is part of who we are. Neither of us are from Istanbul. We arrived to this city many years ago where we meet straight on with its energy and force. The feeling was overwhelming and made us fall for her... After years of traveling back and forth, we finally found a place in beautiful Balat where we hope to transmit that same feeling to newcomers.
Balat is the old Greek and Jewish quarter. Three, four story colorful old buildings pave the small streets winding up towards Fatih and/or winding down to the Golden Horn. Our house is one of them: a high ceiling brick Greek house with wooden floors and a sea view. The top floor is where you will stay.
We chose Balat mainly because it being off the travel path a bit. Based on location we get mainly travelers and not typical tourists. The house is LGBTQ friendly and tolerant toward religions even though we are not really interested in them. I´m a cyclotourist and Bilinc an activitist. The house goes very much with our lifestyle.
My mum (yes, I invited her to move in with me :) ) also lives in the premises. She speaks Spanish and some English. She is always happy to be of assistance.
Turkish, English, Spanish, French, Italian and some Russian and Kurdish are spoken at home.
Balat is the old Jewish – Greek neighborhood of Istanbul. It is located in the European side of Istanbul, near the old city on the historic peninsula, on the western bank of the Golden Horn.
Balat/Fener was one of the first areas of Istanbul to be created, established by the Romans and then developed by Greeks and Turks. The neighborhood has been recognized as a UNESCO World heritage Centre. Its churches, synagogues, and mosques sitting next to each other speak of tolerance while the Roman and Greek artifacts and Ottoman relics speak of the many generations and cultures that lived in this area.
The world famous Church Fener Rum Patrikhanesi, visited by thousands of pilgrims every year, is located but a mere 8 minutes walk.
Todays Balat is a relaxed sea-side neighborhood beaming with restaurants, cafes, a colorful street market, small artisan shops, art galleries and tons of locals who carry on their comfortable yet simple and traditional life here.
There are nice documentaries about the area on YouTube.
We love it here simply because its colourful old houses, narrow streets and mainly because we are in the very center without feeling the chaos of a city where over 16 million people live.
Please feel free to use anything in the house: the kitchen, the washing machine, etc. We like sharing in the house :)
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We are working people so we are away from home for the most part of the day. Plus we travel a lot as well. My mum usually stays at home so you can count on her for quick information.
We enjoy interacting with our guests of course but we are very respectful of their privacy.
We truly love Istanbul and as such we aim to be an environment friendly household. We don't use heavy chemicals for cleaning and are very happy taking people to local markets (not to be missed, Balat´s Sunday Organic Market) to get fruit and vegetables directly from local producers.
We enjoy going for walks around lesser known viewpoints and taking part in the Critical Mass cycling events. You will be more than welcome to join :)
You can behave as you do in your own home. The apartment offers you privacy and everything you need to make your stay enjoyable.
There is no curfew. You will have your own sets of keys so you may come and go as you like.
We try to respect others and the environment .. please try not to leave lights or electric appliances on when there is nobody at home or have water run unnecessarily.
We don´t appreciate nationalistic talks... thank you
Interested in languages, culture and society
I work with children (to me, the very little ones bring the most joy) teaching them and trying to learn as much as I can from them.
Like most SouthAmerican, Im very much into dancing. Give me a rhythm and Ill dance to it :)