“Exploring Istanbul Through Emin Özmen’s Lens

Ahead of an upcoming workshop in Istanbul in May, Özmen opens up on the experience of shooting in his adopted home, a city of color and contradiction. See the whole piece and beautiful photos here  

Istanbul silhouette by Hüsamettin Koçak

  A few days ago, I and Sinem stopped by a newly opened museum in Taksim. Türkiye İş Bankası Resim Heykel Müzesi (İşbank Painting and Sculpture Museum) in İstiklal Street contains permanent and temporary exhibitions. Temporary exhibition includes an İstanbul section. Among all the classical paintings, I have chosen to show you an Istanbul silhouette … Read more

Come to Istanbul! “Istanbul Named the World’s Most Visited City in 2023”

Istanbul Named the World’s Most Visited City in 2023 – TimeOut TimeOut Euromonitor International released its list of top 10 cities for international arrivals and the Turkish capital claimed the number one spot. How Female Chefs Are Sparkling in Istanbul – The New York Times The New York Times Women, long expected to cook for their families at … Read more

Taxi drivers as bullies of #istanbul (Taksi drivers attack Istanbul’s Transportation Coordination Center with stones)

Taksi drivers attack Istanbul’s Transportation Coordination Center with stones Duvar English Istanbul’s taxi drivers reacting to the 28.09 percent increase in taxi fares at the meeting of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Transportation In other news: Rumours and Whispers in the Istanbul Art Scene An update on revolt, discussions and developments in the city following months of crisis Over the past six … Read more

Reading “A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul” and realizing fires were once No 1 enemy of Istanbulians

I am reading a nice book A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul. One chapter deals with the fires. It was the most damaging disaster for centuries. Mavi Boncuk listed major fires: Major Named Istanbul Fires Mavi Boncuk | The period with no organized Tulumba Fire Crews until 1714. Important fires of this period; 1510    It … Read more

Interesting: “Istanbul Europe’s 2nd brightest Christmas city”

Istanbul Europe’s 2nd brightest Christmas city: Research   According to a recent study by a U.K.-based company, Istanbul has been ranked as the second most brilliantly lit Christmas city in Europe during the month of December. This information has been reported by several reputable sources, including Daily Sabah, Hürriyet Daily News, and enginakyurekunitingheartsworldwide.org. Additionally, a … Read more

A tribute to İstanbul’s Tercüman building

I heard the news that this building will be demolished. Its architectural style was unique in İstanbul. I would admire it when I was a child. It was futuristic when it was first built. I had been inside once when it was used as a private high school building. But it was first used as … Read more

Yes, Istanbul is financially hard to live but not for the Central Bank governor

In a recent strange interview, Ms. Erkan stated that she ‘lives with mother’ due to excessive rental prices in İstanbul I don’t know her intentions, but I list below how much she earned in recent years. It is hypocritical- but probably politically beneficial- to identify with poorer people like that. How much she actually earned recently? … Read more

Istanbul from Above

While we were flying back to İstanbul from Adana after an intense day of media training, Sinem took these photos. Turkish Airlines should pay us:) Taken by Iphone latest model. Now we are in Amsterdam to celebrate our first marriage anniversary. Maybe more photos will come!  

istanbul from the new Galata bridge

I mostly drive and miss Istanbul views. But for an event, I took the tram and while I was walking took a few pictures. And a few more news:  A 16th-century Istanbul hamam opens doors to the public after 50 years Architectural Digest India The Zeyrek Çinili Hamam in Istanbul sees new life as a multipurpose arts and wellness … Read more

Fans of the Galaxy: Star Wars Fan Exhibition in İstanbul

A few weeks ago I stopped by Istanbul Cinema Museum right in the middle of Istiklal Street, Taksim.  There is an ongoing exhibition until 1 Februrar 2024: Fans of the Galaxy: Star Wars Fan. I was never a real Star Wars fan but this is a great collection. If you are interested in…

A video on The next #istanbul earthquake: Is time running out for Europe’s largest city?

  The North Anatolian fault line poses a threat to Istanbul, with experts warning of a potential catastrophic earthquake. 00:02 Istanbul’s seismic gap poses a major threat to its 16 million residents. 00:59 Turkish authorities plan to evacuate Istanbul’s residents 01:50 Istanbul is at risk of a major earthquake 02:40 Over 90,000 buildings in the … Read more

A massive source for #istanbul history

This website is designed for the dissemination of History of Istanbul from Antiquity to XXI. Century, a work prepared by the cooperation of Türkiye Diyanet Foundation Center for Islamic Studies (İSAM) and İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Kültür ve Sanat Ürünleri A.Ş. The Project for the preparation of the Turkish version of the work was launched in late 2012, and … Read more

Cost of dining out in İstanbul soars by 91.6% in a year but still #Istanbul ranked as 185th most expensive city in the world

For you visitors, istanbul is nice, but for the residents, life is getting harder… Cost of dining out in İstanbul soars by 91.6% in a year Istanbul ranked as 185th most expensive city in the world Duvar English An international survey has compared the cost of more than 200 goods and services in 227 cities, finding Istanbul as … Read more

Living under the heatwaves

Istanbul is also under a heatwave, and I feel like I switched back to my life during the pandemic. I prefer to stay home, start AC occasionally but not always, and pass the time without direct sun rays. I am glad I can mostly do work online, and I had my AC fixed a few … Read more