The Guardian blogs about blogs on the city of Istanbul .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - Once in a while, Istanbul is mentioned as a "must visit place" in international publications and newspapers. Recently Benji Lanyado, from The Guardian, wrote an article on Istanbul and places to see in the city.

The article "Blog by blog guide to É Istanbul," reads, "Turkey is a good bet this year, since it is not in the eurozone and the pound is holding its own."

Lanyado said there had been an 18 percent increase in British visitors to Turkey in 2008. "From one district to the next, you can experience centuries of European and Asiatic diversity, from boutiques that would not look out of place in Paris or New York, to religious monuments that have barely changed since A.D. 500," he wrote.

Collecting information by surfing blogs, he wrote about the best districts in Istanbul, which were said to be Beyoğlu, Sultanahmet, Bosphorus Straits, Karaköy and Princes’ Islands.

Mentioning that Beyoğlu’s İstiklal Street hosts colonial-era embassy buildings, bars, rooftop restaurants and tea houses, Lanyado also wrote that Pera district’s restaurants were well-known as one of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of Turkish Republic’s favorite places to dine when he visited the city. Providing tips for antique shoppers, he also mentions specific restaurants that serve delicious fish by the Bosphorus.

Touristic spots
"The Istanbul Restaurant Review blog affords the House Caf� at Ortaköy a rare five-star review, recommending that you build an entire Saturday around it; trinket collecting at Ortaköy's street market to fill the time before a late lunch," he said.

He did not forget to mention the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque, the spots most visited by tourists in Istanbul, which he defined as "a bottomless pit of a photoblog."

Lanyado also gave a place to Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and his books. He said tourists often overlook Karaköy and that "this is understandable Ğ the district is a commercial tangle of roads habituated largely by local traders. But in its midst is one of the finest art museums in Europe, the Istanbul Modern, sculpted Tate-style from a disused riverside warehouse in 2004." Giving space to Time Out Istanbul’s picks for restaurants, cafes and bars, the article also spoke about the Princes' Islands that are a ferryboat trip away from the city and are mainly visited by tourists.