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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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Narmanlı Han

İstiklal Caddesi’nde kaç defa ayağımın tökezlemişliği, hatta birkaç defa yuvarlanarak düşmüşlüğüm var. Gözümün önümde değil, yukarıda olmasından hep sebep; Taksim’in özellikle 19. ve 20. yüzyıldan kalma mirasını bugüne taşıyan binaları, bakmak, görmek, yavaşlamak, bazen de durmak için iyi bir bahane. Bu yapıların en zarifi, en ince işlenmişi olmasa da bence[…]

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İstanbul ve Boğaz’ın Eski Motorları

İstanbul Motor

Gözlerimi kapatıp İstanbul Boğaz’ı dediğimde aklıma ilk gelenler ‘pata pata pata’ sesi ve yosunla karışık iyot kokusu. Yüzümde belli belirsiz bir serinlik; su damlaları demek için çok az, rüzgar demek için fazla ıslak. Hafta sonu kavramını birçok çocuğa göre erken idrak etmemin sebebi, benden 15 yaş büyük abimin sadece o[…]

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Haliç, a motley district

Phanar Greek Orthodox Lycee

It’s an introduction to a cultural mosaic of İstanbul. Our district is Haliç aka The Golden Horn. A motley district to the bone. Even though it’s in the heart of the city, most of the locals are not even aware of its existence. It’s a shame, I know! Of course[…]

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Ataturk Arboretum

  Growing up in a vivid metropolis full of happenings, I benefited from countless cultural opportunities that it offered. They shaped my personality, made me complete in a sense by feeding my curiosity on various subjects. But frankly speaking now I realize that all happened rather indoors – with friends or[…]

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34 Auto Maintenance Centre

Baba Zula 34 Auto Maintenance Centre

They originated from İstanbul in 1996, a unique group I have to say. Even though they are classified as Turkish Psychedelic music I have always seen, accepted and cherished them as the music ambassadors of İstanbul. Hence concomitant of Anatolia rhythms and tonality.  Dwelling into the culture, backstreets, music halls[…]

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Göztepe Train Station

Göztepe Train Station Under Snow

Our rail system is not as sophisticated as Britain, nowhere close actually, or even India (mind you the Brits built everything) but we cherish what we have which is very small. I have always loved train and the unique atmosphere it creates around you. The sound of the rails, people[…]

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Kaybolan İstanbul…

  Nereden geliyor bu umursamazlık, bu günü geçirmek halleri, bilemiyorum. Elimizdeki değerlerin, kenti, kimliğini gerçek kılan yerlerin yitip gitmesine bakakalıyorum. Hep kitaplarda okuyup, kendimi yanlış bir zaman diliminde hissettiğim zamanlar oluyordu, şimdi, bugün ise elimdekinin bile kitaplarda kalacağını görmek ve buna karşılık elimizden birşey gelmemesi, bu çaresizlik beni derinden üzüyor.[…]

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Hukukçular Sitesi

In the middle of the noisiest district of İstanbul, Mecidiyeköy, there is a signature building towering one of the most frequented shopping malls of the city. People come and go by without noticing it! Even I, though I live there, pass by without paying much attention. But yesterday while crossing[…]

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