Take a Clean Break in Istanbul
ISTANBUL AWAKENS the senses like few places on earth, with its centuries-old minarets, fragrant bazaars, clanging trolleys, all the ships and ferries chugging up and down the mighty Bosporus. For a long time, Istanbul has also offered a distinctive type of sanctuary from all that overstimulation: the Turkish bathhouse, or hammam.
How To Discover Your Fortune In Istanbul
Fortune-telling has long played an important role in Turkish culture. Even after the conversion to Islam, which deems fortune telling sinful, Turks continued to practice and value fortune-telling. In fact, a müneccimbaşı (the head of fortune tellers) was kept in the Ottoman palaces to cater to the Sultans’ desires of knowing what the future holds.
A Spot of Romance
THE project has eaten up all his Nobel prize money and he says he could have written half a novel in the time it has taken to finish it. But Turkey’s laureate, Orhan Pamuk, finally has his Museum of Innocence, the wellspring of his bestselling 2008 tale of the same name, about the doomed Istanbul lovers, Füsun and Kemal.
Fish restaurants in Istanbul: Natural Selection(s)
In the evolutionary process of the Istanbul fish restaurant, there was a moment in the late 1990s when the amphibious, shore-hugging boat restaurants crawled out of the Bosphorus and became land dwellers.
June 29, 2011
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Thousands took to the streets Sunday to express their support for Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community and to protest against hate crimes on the last day of Istanbul’s 19th LGBT Pride Week in Taksim Square.
Independent Istanbul deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, also lent their support to the demonstration.
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Arriving in Istanbul on Monday for a four-day trip to promote his show titled “Roberto Bolle and Friends,” the 36-year-old heartthrob was greeted at Istanbul Atatürk Airport by students of the classical ballet department of İstanbul University State Conservatory, who presented him with flowers, the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday.
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She posed 2010-March and April in Istanbul. She and her team member worked at areas where people can't see them; historical buildings museums and some old and poor quarters etc. But they lived some problems with some people who have seen her naked.
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June 27, 2011
The architecture of the museum reflects the styles that were in vogue in Istanbul during the 19th century.
Istanbul’s Archaeology Museum is celebrating its double diamond jubilee this month with more visitors than ever expected to come through its doors.
The museum welcomed a quarter of a million visitors last year, thanks in large part to renovations conducted for Istanbul’s tenure as the 2010 European Capital of Culture. But while the museum has become one of Istanbul’s best repositories for displaying the city’s ancient history, the facility itself has a history all its own, stretching well back into the 1800s.
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The event is being organised by a committee that also represents the European University Sports Association and the Turkish University Sports Federation. The hosts are the champions of the 8th European Universities Football Championship Halic University Istanbul.
There will be both a men’s and a women’s tournament and the matches will be taking place at a number of stadiums in Istanbul, including the Sariyer Stadium, the Marmara University Stadium, and the Eyup Stadium. Istanbul has a long and varied history and visitors will be able to do more than watch football, as the city is the cultural centre of the country.
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Last year, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee issued a statement that the city’s exclusion from the World Heritage List would be discussed at the board’s annual meeting in Brazil.
Speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News, UNESCO Turkey Representative Gürcan Türkoğlu said the decision was particularly important, because it also stated that Istanbul’s exclusion would not be on the agenda again.
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Paloma San Basilio, one of the most successful and beloved figures of the Latin music scene, finally made her debut in Turkey this week with the release of her 2007 album “Invierno Sur” through the EMI Music Turkey label.
You were in Istanbul once for an exclusive photo shoot in historical places for a Spanish magazine. How did you like İstanbul?
You can feel its cultural richness in every single corner. I was so impressed with almost all the places we visited for the shootings. I had a chance to see the Dolmabahçe [Palace], the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern and the Aya Sofya [Museum]. We also had a great time on the Bosporus. I even did some shopping at the Grand Bazaar. It was planned as a two-day trip for the shoot but we missed the plane. But I didn't care about missing the flight because I had a chance to enjoy the city for one more day. Istanbul is a great city.
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June 26, 2011
Denny Stein - They don't make magic carpets anymore, and if they did you'd probably have to pay a fee for each suitcase and extra legroom. It's a long flight from San Francisco to Istanbul, but it worth every minute of stale air and leg cramps.
The Old Town section is called Sultanhamet. Its streets are cobblestoned and narrow, the stone or wood buildings lean in toward you, or rest comfortably against each other. Small cafes and bufes materialize when you are hungry, or a man with a cart full of warm sesame sprinkled simet approaches. For one Turkish Lira you get a crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside cross between a bagel and a soft pretzel, and a smile from the vendor. Every experience we had in Sultanhamet was enchanting, near magical. But then of course, we had on our "visitors' goggles."
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June 23, 2011
The famed designer paid a visit to Turkish Lebanese restaurant Arabesque during his visit in İstanbul last night and by the looks of things, he had a great time.
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June 22, 2011
The pop icon will be onstage the night of July 5 at Istanbul’s Küçükçiftlik Park open-air concert area and on July 6 in the Turkish capital at the Ankara Arena in what will be his second visit to Turkey in 10 years.
The concerts are part of the Elton John 2011 World Tour, which kicked off on Jan. 26 at the Stade Couvert Régional de Liévin in France, taking the flamboyant superstar to 47 cities across 21 countries.
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“She has agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home.” stated the official announcement from her manager and the head of the concert organisation. However she seems to have found the right environment for sobriety and brief rehab in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Of course, each destination has its own attractions and the types of things you're hoping to see and do will largely guide you on where you want to go. You can choose between independent walking trips - during which your tour operator will provide you with maps and routes, but you ultimately explore on your own - or guided tours, where an experienced guide will walk with you each day.
Visiting Istanbul - once dubbed 'New Rome' - you will be able to see amazing architectural feats such as the famous Blue Mosque, as well as immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring bustling markets and colourful, lively bazaars.
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June 20, 2011
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World popular singer Amy Winehouse will perform on June 20 at Maçka Küçükçiftlik Park as part of the promotional tour of her new album.
The 27-year-old Winehouse is the first British singer to win five Grammy Awards including three of the “Big Four,” which are Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She has been credited as being an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music and revitalizing British music.
Amy Winehouse canceled part of her European tour on Sunday, a day after the British singer was heavily booed for being late and displaying erratic behavior on stage during a concert in Serbia.
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It’s that time of the year for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people to put on their high heels, get their rainbow flags out of the closet and strut their stuff on the street to Lady Gaga’s anthem on acceptance, “Born This Way.”
June is Pride Month in many countries as LGBT communities the world hold events in time with the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots that kick-started the gay rights movement in the United States.
It was not until Pride Week’s 10th anniversary that the event closed with a parade. “The first Pride Parade took place on İstiklal Avenue with the participation of not more than 30 people. But the number increased exponentially each year, with around 5,000 people gathering and marching against homophobia and transphobia last year,” Rüzgar Gökçe Gözüm, a volunteer both for lambdaistanbul and an organizer of Pride Week, told the Hürriyet Daily News.
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Plans were yesterday unveiled for the first hypersonic passenger jet, which would use three sets of engines to reach 3,125mph, more than four times the speed of sound, known as Mach 4.
A flight to Istanbul (from London) would take 30 minutes, and the plane could reach the east coast of the U.S. in around one hour
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World-famous soccer player of Real Madrid and the Portuguese national team, Cristiano Ronaldo, was in Istanbul on Saturday as the guest of Beşiktaş Chairman Yıldırım Demirören, drawing a huge crowd to İstikal Street in Taksim, where he attended the inauguration ceremony of a shopping mall owned by Demirören.
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Long gone are the days when the concept of comic strips forged an irrevocable association with images of nerdy teenage boys of the antisocial variety. For as recent decades have shown, the barbed humor of this diverse arts medium not only has the power to engage the attention of millions of avid followers of all ages worldwide but has proved to be a potent weapon in the tackling of unspoken and otherwise taboo personal and political struggles from both the past and the present.
Last October marked a considerable step in the development of a comic network in Turkey with the establishment of IstanBulles, the First International Comics Festival of Istanbul, a 10-day event curated by comic book historian Didier Pasamonik. Inspired by the encouraging response to October’s events, Pasamonik returned once more to the Turkish cultural capital, where he has played an integral role in the coordination of the “Comic Strips in the Second Degree” exhibition, which opened on Thursday at the Istanbul French Institute in the city’s Taksim neighborhood.
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Today, Istanbul is filled with multi-complex shopping malls and shopping districts, selling a wide range of national and international brand names. The bazaar concept is slowly being phased out in the fast-paced, dynamic city, but its remnants linger as many historic bazaars continue to stand their ground. Modern shopping facilities in Istanbul are a delicate mix of old and new as demonstrated by the existing bazaars, markets, shopping districts and shopping malls.
Although many Turks still appreciate the historic charm of the Grand Bazaar, most will tell you that the nowadays they specifically cater to tourists, from the items that they sell at exaggerated prices. In fact, most bazaars, apart from a distinct few, have slowly started to be phased out and do not cater, like they once did, to the shopping needs of Istanbulites.
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June 19, 2011
Assange will deliver a speech at the conference, scheduled to be held at the Lütfü Kırdar Convention Center in Istanbul. The conference will also host Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Wales will give a speech on the topic of the democratization of knowledge. The conference is slated for Oct. 5.
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The young and multi-faceted artist Nicola Benedetti performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto at the concert, accompanied by Turkey’s first private academic international artistic ensemble, the Bilkent Symphony, which played under the baton of Işın Metin.
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Under the motto “We are next to you”, the prefectures of Drama, Kavala, Ksanthi, Rodope and Evros, and the islands of Thassos and Samothrace come to Istanbul from 17 to 19 June 2011. A place of unrivalled beauty, endowed with crystal-clear sea water, virgin forests, archaeological sites of unique interest, with byzantine citadels, ottoman monuments and traditional settlements that take the visitor back to time, East Macedonia and Thrace is an exceptional gateway to the history and culture of Europe and the Balkans.
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June 18, 2011
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The show centers on the famous artist’s films and polaroids, which are coming to Turkey’s largest city for the first time.
Galerist’s branches in Galatasaray and Pera are featuring such Warhol films as “Lupe,” starring Sedgwick and made in 1965; “Empire,” a 16-millimeter film from 1964; “Blow Jo,” another 16-millimeter film from 1964; “Camp” from 1965; “Horse,” also from 1965, and “Mario Banana No.1” from 1964.
The exhibition will continue until July 9.
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Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya played a powerful and expressive concert of the music from her homeland -- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Four Seasons” and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” -- at the Istanbul Modern Museum.
June 8, the fourth concert of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art’s (İKSV) İstanbul Music Festival, was the organization’s first time to use this museum as a classical music venue. Acoustically, it was ideal for letting the romantic Russian pianistic tradition sweep you away. And Vinnitskaya did just that.
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