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Istanbul on red alert as heavy snowfall arrives

from Hurriyet Daily News
Istanbul’s Disaster Coordination Center (AKOM) has announced that it has increased its alert status to “red” as heavy snowfall fell in the city late yesterday.

Blizzard grounds nearly 200 flights in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Daily News
Nearly 200 flights were grounded today as blizzard hit Istanbul, putting the authorities on ‘red alert’

 

Istanbul first choice for property investors as European recovery stalls

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Julia Kollewe
Analysis of top property markets by PricewaterhouseCoopers finds London struggling to retain status as gold standard of real estate
Istanbul, Munich and Warsaw are the new hotspots for property investors and developers, as much of Europe remains mired in a vicious cycle of low or no growth, mounting debt and drastic austerity measures.

Istanbul Yields a Treasure Trove in Ancient Bathonea

by By JENNIFER PINKOWSKI

Bathonea, a harbor town dating from the second century B.C., was discovered by archaeologists on a peninsula jutting into Lake Kucukcekmece.
İstanbul prepares for 2nd bout of snowfall
Today’s Zaman
The İstanbul municipality has warned that, according to State Meteorology Bureau forecasts, more snowfall is on the way for İstanbul. Snow is expected to begin falling on Thursday night and continue throughout the day Friday, the Anatolia news agencyIn Istanbul, music to strike a healing note
Southeast European Times
Tumata, a musical society in Istanbul, researches ethnomusicology and performs soothing sounds of healing music, appreciated in Turkey and abroad. By Cigdem Bugdayci for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 26/01/12 Tumata, the Group for Research

Independent films to hit the road in three cities
Hurriyet Daily News (press release)
!f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, which annually brings together independent films and directors from around the world for Turkish audiences, will hit screens starting Feb 16 in Istanbul. The festival will also be organized in Ankara

 

 

Bosphorus Bridge will not be down closed, minister reveals

The Bosphorus Bridge is set to undergo nine months …

 

Istanbul?s Cihangir ranked as the best places to live in

Istanbul?s small district of Cihangir ranked among the best places to live alongside Portland, Oregon, U.S.; St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany; Maui, Hawaii, U.S.; and Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain.

Istanbul’s Pera Museum exhibition sheds light into the beginning of Turkish …
Art Daily
ISTANBUL.- As one of the first key exhibitions of the year 2012, the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Pera Museum is presenting Sultans, Merchants, Painters: The Early Years of Turkish-Dutch Relations; an exhibition commemorating four hundred years of

After Being Stricken by Drought, Istanbul Yields Ancient Treasure
New York Times
ISTANBUL ? For 1600 years, this city ? Turkey’s largest ? has been built and destroyed, erected and erased, as layer upon layer of life has thrived on its seven hills. Today, Istanbul is a city of 13 million, spread far beyond those hills.

Istanbul Music Festival announces its 40th year programme
Focus on Travel News
The Istanbul Music Festival, the first festival of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012. The 40th year special programme of the Istanbul Music Festival, which hosted more than 40000 artists

 

Istanbul Link Tours 4 ? Music Bands from Istanbul

…the unique music bands from Istanbul. We hope you enjoy our tour.The first one is a web site, www.newmusicistanbul.com by the musician Seda Öger. She says ?The ?Listening to Istanbul? website lets you explore the vivid scene of contemporary music in Istanbul. On this website you will find biographies, CDs and other information on composers who a

Istanbul and Aegean coast: Seascapes and history
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Datca is just one stop on a driving tour from Istanbul down the Aegean coast. Photo: Giovanna Dell’Orto / AP This July 2011 photo shows a replica of the legendary Trojan horse as it greets visitors at the entrance of the archaeological site of Troy

 

Cruise to Istanbul is like a floating hotel with views into history – Travel – The Boston Globe


Istanbul first choice for property investors as European recovery stalls
The Guardian
Istanbul, Munich and Warsaw are the new hotspots for property investors and developers, as much of Europe remains mired in a vicious cycle of low or no growth, mounting debt and drastic austerity measures. London ? usually seen as the gold standard of

 

 

LOCAL – Study shows one in five Turks reside in Istanbul

Istanbul restaurants change tune ? and language ? to woo big-spending Arabs

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Constanze Letsch
Owners play new music and translate menus into Arabic amid surge in visitors from Middle East
In the Turkish restaurants around Taksim Square in Istanbul, the menus are getting a new look. It’s not so much the food that is changing but the languages, as more and more restaurateurs choose to include Arabic.
Erkan Ali Karabulut, manager of Cafe Eylül in the touristic Talimhane district near the square, is reprinting his menus this year. “If you speak Arabic with Arabic tourists, they see you as a friend, and feel more comfortable,” he said.

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