Cool facts about Istanbul


Istanbul has always been a city of wonder. The fact that is situated between two continents, makes it unique and filled with architectural and cultural influences from both Europe and Asia. And that is not all. The city is also heavily shaped by its Arab neighbors, and as well by its exotic flavors.

Many people have the wrong impression that Istanbul is the capital of Turkey, which is not true anymore. The modern-day capital is Ankara, an equally exciting city, where cultures melt into something breathtaking. Istanbul used to be the capital of the old empires that have started in this part of the world, including the Ottoman Empire.



It was formerly known as Constantinople, and it was built as a mirror city on seven hills, to match Rome, as it once used to be part of the great Roman Empire. The city has now grown to be one of the jewels of the two continents, as it has more than 13 million people, making it the largest city in the area. And almost all of its population is Muslim.

One of the most fabulous pieces of trivia when it comes to the literary side of the history of Istanbul is the fact that the beloved author Agatha Christie wrote her renowned novel “Murder on the Orient Express” in a very luxurious hotel in the area. Other great authors that have been inspired by the dual city are Ernest Hemingway and Orhan Pamuk, who was born and raised in one of its neighborhoods.

The Bosphorus strait, the historic landmark that separates Europe from Asia, can be found near Istanbul, and the city is connected to the Old World by two bridges, while a third one is planned to be finished soon. There is also a tunnel under the strait, which connects the continents’ railways systems, which has made traveling so much faster than before, allowing for even more cultural exchanges between the world’s civilizations.

One of the most ancient covered bazaars in the world can be found in this extraordinary city. The market spawns over 3000 shops, all filled with wonders and tiny prices. Other destinations adored by travelers are the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Black Sea shores, and many other small streets and museums, where you can spend hours marveling at the rich history the city has to offer.

So now that you’ve enriched your mind with some of the facts that make this exotic destination so fascinating to all of us, young and old alike, you should buy a guide and pack your bags. The city is quirky and full of flavors, and at the same time, it is safe, and the people are welcoming and generous. All of these things make Istanbul a place where you can make unforgettable memories that will enrich your soul.


It doesn’t all end with getting a new pet. Stuff you should consider if you want to buy or adopt an animal


The reason why us people like pets is because we long for a fuzzy companion with whom we can cuddle and play. The explanation is quite simple. When we’re kids, we can rely on toys and video games to complete our strong desire of playing. On the other hand, as we grow older we want a pet that we can take care of, cherish, and love unconditionally.



But before you make a trip to the pet store, you should consider a few aspects. It’s important to clear things out before bringing a new pet to live under the same roof as you do. It’s not like you’re thinking of buying a new couch for the living room. Your silent friend is a living soul that has feelings, too. So, make sure you through this list first and make a final decision only when you feel ready to commit.

Firstly, you should consider the type of pet you want to get. It can be a dog, fish, rabbit or cat, depending on your choice. However, you need to decide carefully because the kind of pet you get might have an impact if you later decide to get a new animal in your house.

Every pet needs attention. Just like kids, you have to make time to give them. Dogs need a ton of affection and some breeds, such as corgis or border collies, need to exercise and play a lot. You need to be prepared with an army of toys because you’ll have to take them out for a run or play some Frisbee.

If you bring home a pet that has a lot of energy and needs something to entertain all day, you need to comply with this type of behavior. Otherwise, both your and your pet end up being unhappy.

When thinking about getting a small pet, many people prefer cats because they are considered low maintenance pets. Don’t be fooled because cats need attention and they need it bad, too. Especially young ones require some form of daily interaction and even long playing sessions.

From the very beginning, you must establish how much room are you willing to sacrifice for the sake of owning a pet. It’s quite heartbreaking to see people forced to give back the pet they love because of their apartment od too small and not suitable for animals.

You can avoid this issues if you get informed before getting a new pet. There are apartment complexes that have strict rules about living with pets. In addition, certain breeds are forbidden in many locations because they are considered dangerous and aggressive. So make sure you’re in compliance with all legal rules and regulations.


How to get a quality dog house

Dogs require plenty of your attention, spare time, and resources. However, having a dog is the best thing in the Universe because you will not only get a pet but a new member of the family that will protect you and love you unconditionally.

But, if you don’t want to teach your dog to sleep on the other side of your bed and, eventually, kick you off it entirely, you need to establish some boundaries, and look for the perfect bedding. If you keep your dog outside like I am, you will need to search for some cool dog houses. Here is everything you need to know about finding the perfect one.

House size

Buying or making your own dog house starts with the right size for your dog. You need to maintain proportions as much as possible as dogs prefer small and tight places because they make them feel more secure. However, this doesn’t mean crowding your pooch either.

The best way to decide on the right size is to measure your dog in lying position and start from there. You’ll need the house to provide enough room for your dog to sit, lie down, and stretch properly.

The same principle applies if you want to house two dogs at once. Although they will most likely cuddle one with the other, they will still require some private space on their own. Don’t build an entire mansion, but have some common sense space for your dog to sleep in decent conditions.


Materials used

There are plenty of materials to choose from, each coming with its own perks and downsides. Wood is the common material used for building a new dog house because it insulates properly and provides a secure and warm shelter during the rainy and the cold seasons. It also works wonders for absorbing your pet’s odors and will last you a long time from now on.

Plastic is also extremely common and significantly lighter than wood. It mainly applies for smaller yards, and it can be reliable too. Although it will provide basic protection against rain and snow, plastic maintains coldness. They are easy to clean and won’t allow room for fleas and ticks. However, if your dog is strong and has aggressive chewing habits, plastic is certainly not the best option.

Detachable parts

Last but not least, it is always better to have quick access inside your dog’s house, so make sure to have the door or the roof detachable. It is not recommended to keep the door closed during the hot months as it will create an unbearable and extremely hot environment.

Make sure the house has a proper ventilation system or you can detach some of its parts to allow more freedom during the summer. In the winter, you can reattach the roof for added heat.