Istanbulites are the oldest to get their first marriage in Turkey

We in Istanbul get married later than in other Turkish cities. According to Turkish Statistical Institute data, average first marriage age in males is 27.4 and in females 24.2 in Istanbul. News in Turkish here.

Paulo Coelho meets readers in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Anatolia News Agency
Famous Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, who is best known for his book ‘The Alchemist,’ has come to Istanbul to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day. Before the celebration, he attended a press conference held at the Pera Palas Hotel. He said that he did not give interviews to promote his latest book ‘The Aleph’ but instead promoted it via social sharing websites

Istanbul’s Tatavla Carnival unites many
Southeast European Times
In 1941 the carnival was stopped for political reasons, but last year it returned to Istanbul’s Kurtulus district. The streets were filled with people dressed in colorful costumes and masks during the early March event. This year, Christians, Muslims,

Weekly fashion agenda: Istanbul Shopping Festival, Japan fashion week canceled
Turkish authorities hope to steal some of Dubai’s limelight as an international shopping destination with the launch of this festival, which has been heavily promoted all over the world. Several ofIstanbul’s shopping areas will be open 24 hours a day


Australian making the most of hotel collaboration in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Australian Gaye Reeves and her Turkish staff have been responsible for resurrecting an original Ottoman-style hotel in Sultanahmet.

Two Iranians spice it up in style at cosmopolitan Istanbul restaurant

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Located in the chic quarter of Bebek in Istanbul, the newly opened bistro lounge bar and restaurant Chilai offers guests a wide selection of fine wines and tantalizing world cuisines. Two Iranians, both graduates of Ankara?s Middle East Technical University with degrees in sociology and psychology, are behind the ultimate foodies’ paradise, providing a sensuous dining experience from morning til the small hours of the night

TURKEY: Istanbul launches first shopping festival
Retailers in Istanbul are hoping for a massive boost to business from the city’s first ever shopping festival – a 40-day extravaganza that opened its doors on Friday and is designed to position the city as a major shopping and tourism destination

Roby Lakatos: In İstanbul to enliven stage with mixture of cultures
Today’s Zaman
Roby Lakatos, dubbed the ?devil’s fiddler,? is taking to the stage tonight at the Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall in İstanbul to present his native Hungarian folk tunes with a twist of jazz. Born in 1965 into a family of Roma violinists descending


Istanbul?s Top 5 Lahmacun Makers ? #3: Fistik Kebap

by admin

(Editor?s Note: A recent article about a spat between Turkey and Greek Cyprus over who owns the rights to claim lahmacun as their own got us thinking about those minced-meat covered discs of dough and how, when done right, they really are something worth fighting over. So, prompted by the Turkish-Cypriot food fight, we?ve decided to officially declare this week ?Lahmacun Week in Istanbul,? where we?ll be looking at five of our undisputed favorite spots in town to get a taste of how the contested savory delight should be made. Today?s post takes a look at Fistik Kebap, a much heralded lahmacun spot in Arnavutkoy.)

Çengelköy, Istanbul

by Barbara J. Isenberg

We’re having a bit of a cold snap here in Izmir, and from what I can tell from my friends’ Facebook feeds, Istanbul’s having one too. I don’t mind it though because I know that in no time the heat will descend upon us here on the Aegean and I will be whining and whinging about how hot it is.


İstanbul’s status as world heritage city hangs in balance
Today’s Zaman
İstanbul faces consignment from the World Heritage List to the organization’s ?in danger? list for failure to fulfill commitments on the protection of its historical sites. The report on the metro bridge over the Haliç is one of the most important


New regulations for Istanbul taxi drivers
Hurriyet Daily News
Istanbul traffic will be less congested after the start of a new ?Taxi Call Center? project, which aims to take taxis looking for customers off the roads and allow customers to phone for an immediate taxi. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is


Shopping in Istanbul gets boost from festival

by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
The Istanbul Shopping Fest, which will continue to April 26, has already stimulated consumer demand, according to data from the Interbank Card Center. 

Shopping fest leads to extended museum visiting hours in İstanbul
Today’s Zaman
The Culture and Tourism Ministry has announced an early shift to a summer schedule in İstanbul’s museum visiting hours to coincide with the ongoing İstanbul Shopping Fest 2011, news agencies reported last week. Officials from the ministry explained



Just back: A quest for cherries in Istanbul – Telegraph

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