All posts written by Zack

Amadeo Count Preziosi

Count Amadeo Preziosi (Maltese, 1816-1882) Playing a game at the Göksu

Orientalism is a terminology enjoyed by most travellers, because of its enigma, catch or pure wording I don’t know.  But I do know the best and maybe the first Orientalist painter to portray Istanbul. His name is Amadeo Count Preziosi, he is a Levantine watercolourist from Malta. When I first[…]

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Lahmacun Western

The Cowboy Who Loved His Horse

The Cowboy movies where a stigma during the 1850’s until the end of the 19th century. It was a haste and believe me it was a huge one. Everyone was imitating Tom Mix, Jack Mack Brown, Buck Jones, George O’Brien, Ken Maynard, Tim Mccoy, Tex Ritter, Dick Foran, Randolp Scott,[…]

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Beaches Of Istanbul

Beaches Of Istanbul

Don’t be fooled by the fact that you cannot swim in İstanbul, nowadays… As a city basically surrounded by water on all sides, İstanbul was once (not a far far time away) the city of beaches. Of course we are talking about the Black Sea, Sea of Marmara (inland sea connecting[…]

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Grand Bazaar

When İstanbul was conquered in 1453 the Ottomans had to quickly create a commercial area for the public. Normally in Ottoman cities you had a place for commercial exchange and it was called bedesten or hans that handled a diversity of merchandise. This is a story of one of the[…]

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Obelisk of Hippodrome

  İstanbul is embellished by at least 10 obelisks. They are all extremely valuable historical monuments. I have always been interested in them especially seeing Egyptian obelisk in the middle of another culture fascinated me. No my parents never took me to such sites, I tried to discover them on[…]

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Dolmuş

İstanbul is actually a city full of various transport possibilities. Not perfect, but works on its own awkward system. Before subway, metro-buses one of the main transport possibilities was using a Dolmuş (Dol-mush) basically meaning stuffed. The major vehicle used for this alternative transport possibility where the old American cars.[…]

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Istanbulites: Faruk Eczacıbaşı

Faruk Eczacıbaşı

  Kimdir: İstanbul’da 1954 yılında doğan Faruk Eczacıbaşı, İstanbul Alman Lisesi’nden mezun olduktan sonra, Berlin Teknik Üniversitesi İşletme Fakültesi’nde lisans ve yüksek lisans yaptı. 1980’de Eczacıbaşı Topluluğu’nda çalışma hayatına atıldı. ABD’de bir süre deneyim kazandıktan sonra Eczacıbaşı Topluluğu’nda çeşitli düzeylerde görev aldı. Halen Eczacıbaşı Holding Yönetim Kurulu Başkan Yardımcısı olan Faruk[…]

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The 3rd Airport of Istanbul

Construction Site Photo Credited to Anadolu Ajansı

I was one of the 657 thousand living trees in the South Forests of İstanbul, 656 thousand of my population was chopped down. Almost 1 million 391 thousand of my kind has been transported to a new location, where? Beats me! How on earth can you move that much greenery[…]

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A Night With Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong from Milliyet Newspaper Archives

İstanbul is full of stories and legends. You just need to scratch the surface. My story will be a little popular one concerning Satchomo or Pops or aka Louis Armstrong. The American jazz trumpeter, composer, came to İstanbul with his Orchestra All Stars to perform for 3 nights. Two of[…]

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