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The cat gang in front of a Balad coffeehouse, which is one of my favorites. Photo taken by my brother Hakan Saka.

Turkish Airlines’ [repeatedly postponed] big switch to #Istanbul Airport now on April 6…

The cat gang in front of a Balad coffeehouse, which is one of my favorites. Photo taken by my brother Hakan Saka.

Istanbul Armenian Church Walls Vandalized

Unknown perpetrators have vandalized the Surp Hreshdagabet Armenian Church in Balat, with graffiti saying, “You are finish”.
I hope it will be postponed again, I hear it is not easy to reach downtown…
As it switches its operations to the new mega-Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines will end all scheduled flights at Atatürk Airport as of April 6 at 2:00 a.m. local time (April 5, 23:00 GMT), the airline said on March 11.

Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul: More than a museum

This remarkable building, which stretches like a long piece of snow-white lace on a lovely site at the junction of the Bosphorus

Bargain auctions new trend in Istanbul’s Balat neighborhood

Secondhand objects, from used furniture to toys, go for knockdown prices at auctions in Istanbul’s trendy neighborhood Balat, a
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