Claire has dual degrees in English (University of Michigan) and medieval art history (Università di Roma "La Sapienza"). She lived in Rome for a decade where she taught art history at Trinity College and study abroad programs for other American universities. She has lived in Istanbul for the last twelve years. She is presently an adjunct instructor at Yeditepe University and a freelance translator. Originally from Washington, DC, Claire is very interested in social history. She is the author of "Topkapı Palace: Inside and Out", published by Citlembik in 2004.
Betul was born in Bursa, Turkey in 1981. She went to university in Izmir and studied Classical Archaeology at Ege University. She participated in the archaeological excavations at the ancient city of Antandros located on Northern Aegean coast. Following graduation, Betul spent one year in the United States studying English. While there, she worked at Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History as a volunteer. Upon returning to Turkey, Betul started work as an archaeologist in one of the biggest archaeological projects of Turkey (Istanbul Marmaray Underwater Tunnel Project). While working for the Marmaray Project, she received a Master's degree in Art History from the Istanbul Technical University in 2011. Betul has been guiding tour groups all around Turkey since 2011.