Istanbul smells like Houston

The hot and humid air does not leave Istanbul. It did sink onto us. When I go out of my office and walk to the parking long, I smell something very similar. Sort of nostalgia emerges. I remember my days in Houston, TX. This is the same smell, same weather and that’s the only good thing about the weather….

Weather for Istanbul, Turkey

30°C |
Current: Partly Cloudy
Wind: SW at 11 km/h
Humidity: 70%
32°C | 26°C
32°C | 26°C
32°C | 26°C
32°C | 26°C

a roundup:

Istanbul combines old customs with new festivities in Ramadan
People’s Daily Online
Istanbul marked the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan by being woken up at 3.30 am by drummers roaming the streets on Wednesday. ..

Istanbul mosques mark Ramadan with celestial script
Vancouver Sun
Yildiz is one of the few remaining masters of Mahya, a tradition unique to Turkey and for which Istanbul’s Ottoman-era imperial mosques with their soaring

Istanbul’s Panorama 1453 History Museum brings history to the present

from Hurriyet Dailynews
With an impressive set-up that dazzles the senses, a visit to the Panorama 1453 History Museum is a must for all those fascinated by the May 29, 1453, conquest of Constantinople

Black and white snapshots of İstanbul show it as it was 50 years ago
Today’s Zaman
And just last week his snapshots of İstanbul of half a century ago came alive in a new exhibition at the Fototrek Photography Center on İstiklal Street in

Baba of Istanbul, part 2

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar

Baba means father in Turkish. It is also used colloquially for a person who is wise, kind, respected or good or number one at what he is doing: baba adam, Orhan Baba? Below is the list of ?baba? musicians from Istanbul:

Gramafon Baba

gramofon baba grandbazaar

Gramofon Baba, as most people call Mehmet Usta without knowing his real name, has been producing and fixing gramaphoes since the 40?s and he is a real gramophone lover with 56 gramphones and more than 2000 gramaphone records.

English-language bookstores in Beyoğlu

from Hurriyet Dailynews by From
Beyoğlu is replete with English-language works for the expat or tourist.

Blending Jazz and Religion in Istanbul

New York Times (blog)

A series of eight concerts will be held at two open-air venues: a courtyard of Topkapi Palace and the garden of the Istanbul Archaeology Museum,

One-third of buildings in 6 Istanbul districts risk damage in a quake

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Roughly 30 percent of the buildings in six Istanbul districts are at risk of being damaged in the event of an earthquake, the metropolitan municipality has said.

Universities in Istanbul

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar

Istanbul to be Included in UNESCO Danger List if Horn Bridge is Built

from Bianet :: English
The UNESCO Committee has given a last chance to Turkey before including Istanbul in the list of ?World Heritage in Danger.? The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has six months to prepare a new EIA report and a management plan. Among the criteria is making changes to the Halic Metro Bridge.

İstanbul’s street vendors on same stage as master jazz musicians
Today’s Zaman
On the one hand there is the sound that people are used to hearing in the crowded İstanbul streets and on the other, the sound of jazz.

İstanbul and the baroque — the bountiful Balyans
Sunday’s Zaman
Most visitors to İstanbul quickly hear about the great 16th-century Ottoman architect Sinan, particularly if they visit the Süleymaniye, Sokollu Mehmed Paşa

We once had wooden mosques in İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
The İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Directorate of Conservation Implementation and Control Bureau (KUDEB) has been renovating wooden houses on the

Hidden tastes of Istanbul revealed in new book

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Expats Ansel Mullins and Yigal Schleifer, who run the food blog Istanbul Eats, publish a book compiling 88 of the city’s best undiscovered eateries. The book features small, family-run establishments and street-food stands that would otherwise be known only by locals

Istanbul scenes in the 19th century by Amedeo Preziosi

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar

Amedeo Preziosi

Taken from See his paintings about Istanbul below the text

Count Amadeo Preziosi was descended from a family which had migrated from Corsica to Malta in the 17th century and been awarded a title by the king of Sicily. Preziosi was born in Valetta on 2 December 1816, and spent his childhood and youth in Malta. His father Count Gio Francois was an eminent figure in Malta and a wealthy man.
Istanbul’s Panorama 1453 History Museum brings history to the present
Hurriyet Daily News
One of the most dramatic aspects of Istanbul is its city walls, which have survived earthquakes, physical attacks and, more recently, political attacks

First half of Istanbul’s year of festivals complete
Hurriyet Daily News
The first half of Istanbul’s year of festivals has passed, with the most recent event being the 17th International Istanbul Jazz Festival at the end of July

Istanbul Stock Exchange supplies 1.6 mln TL to companies, release says
Hurriyet Daily News
The Istanbul Stock Exchange, or İMKB, has announced that it has supplied 1.6 billion Turkish Liras for 18 companies that went public this year

Getting To Know Football Stadiums of Istanbul
Turks are believed as one of the nations that are fond of football in the world. This is reason for them not to miss any match of their favorite teams, and are avid fans as well as building many stadiums with the majority of them

Turkey and Israel Do a Brisk Business
New York Times
By DAN BILEFSKY ISTANBUL ? Israeli business executives here like to point out that most of the angry Turks who protested Israel’s deadly raid on a

Istanbul’s streetfood vendors, municipal officers disagree on regulations
Hurriyet Daily News
Streets of Istanbul often stages a catch-and-run activity between the municipal patrol officers and unlicensed street vendors. The cause of this game,

Fishing in Istanbul

from Istanbul-pedia by Ali Akpinar

‘Human Landscapes’ exhibit travels to Pécs ahead of İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
The participating artists were chosen by Contretype in Brussels, the Hungarian House of Photography in Budapest and İstanbul Bilgi University’s visual

Istanbul’s emergency responders hampered by prank calls

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Prank and pointless calls make it hard for Istanbul’s 112 emergency call center to respond to serious accidents and injuries, its chief doctor says. According to Dr. Metin Arslan, the elimination of these types of calls would allow the service to help twice as many people each day

First copies of Quran to be on display in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Istanbul?s Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art is set to host a unique exhibition in honor of the 1,400th anniversary of the revelation of the Quran.

2 thoughts on “Istanbul smells like Houston”

  1. I lived in Houston, Texas, for two years. I didn’t like the weather at all. Semi-tropical. Hot, humid. The smell was suffocating. Strange colourful insects in the bathtub every morning. Lizards on the screen door. Snakes in the yard. Swimming in the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico. Running from air-conditioned house to air-conditioned car to air-conditioned malls. We couldn’t be outside in the summer except in a pool. I loved the people though, and the barbecues!!!


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