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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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Giving Birth in Old Istanbul

  In old Istanbul, preparation for the birth and puerperal period was one of the most important traditions and it used to start from seventh month of the pregnancy. An embroidered pouch full of sugar, coffee beans and soap along with a single colour dress used to be sent to a[…]

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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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Haydarpaşa

Haydarpaşa

It’s where stories begin and end. It’s where unity and separation can be enjoyed at the same time. It’s for me the opening of Istanbul to the Anatolia or as the Westerners would like to call it the Oriental. It’s a time travel station called Haydarpaşa now left to its[…]

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Ta Fota (The Lights)

I can not remember if I ever watched the ‘great blessing of the waters’ ceremony in Ta Fota feast live in the shores of Golden Horn or on TV. My memories are quite vague about it. The only clear thing is I watched it always with excitement. And with a[…]

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The Lord of Cymbals

The Lord of Cymbals

Without doubt Zildjian is one of the world’s greatest cymbals. The Lord of Cymbals I can say. Did you know that the company is actually from Istanbul? In 1929 the company had to move to Massachusetts and open up its first factory. The Zildjian story is a long and a[…]

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Othmar Pferschy

Fiilen İstanbul’u tanıtan fotoğraf çekimlerinin ne zaman başladığını hep merak etmişimdir. Benim gibi turizmciler için görsel malzeme vazgeçilmez bir medyadır, her türlü tanıtımlarımızda kullanırız. Broşür, internet sayfası, duyuru, kartpostal, takvim, afiş vb. Araştırmalarım beni Othmar Pferschy adlı bir Avusturyalı beyefendiye çıkarttı. Kendisi bulabildiğim en eski tanıtım fotoğrafları çeken kişi, belki[…]

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An outsider author – Sait Faik Abasıyanık

  I have an habit. Rather a ritual. On the eve of determining which book to read next, I first read the writer’s biography. I’m not talking about a quick glimpse of the author’s life, a really detailed and comprehensive research is what I mean. Then I look at his[…]

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