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.
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The warbling call to prayer used to unnerve me, and now I find it actually beautiful...even comforting. What happens to you when you hear this Muslim call to worship? When it wakes me early in the morning, I remember that that prayer has an extra line in it. It roughly translates, "It's better to pray than to sleep."
Read more on The Huffington Post: Hearing The Call To Prayer In Istanbul
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Read more on Zaman: First Students of German University in Istanbul to Start Classes Next Year
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The show is based on songwriting and cat-loving host John Fulton's road trip across America to spend time with, and write songs about, the States' most talented tabbies, quirkiest kittens, enthusiastic cat owners and experts. The six episode cat quest begins TODAY on ANIMAL PLANET! Let's hope John Fulton pays a visit to Istanbul and shoots an episode in this ancient city where kittens are the real owners of the streets!
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Read more on Huffington Post: Istanbul's New Museum: Borusan Contemporary
Read more on Zaman: Istanbul to Host Secret Agent 007 on 50th Anniversary
This week the city of Istanbul is hosting a ground-breaking international film festival. Called "Crime and Punishment," it is focusing on military coups. Turkey is no stranger to coups with its military seizing power three times since 1960. Even though the army last took power in 1980, coups have remained a taboo subject.
Read more on Voa News: Istanbul International Film Festival Kicks Off
Read more on The New York Times: Tasting Istanbul, From Humble to High Cuisine