Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Taksim belongs to all of of us!

Posted on 15 February 2012

 I’m angry. Angry about the plans of the city authorities to destroy little Gezi Park next to Taksim Square. And I am even more annoyed that not a single representative in the Metropolitan Municipality Assembly has voted against it. The vote was unanimous last September. That means that also the representatives of the CHP opposition,… Read more »

Istanbul to get new mini-metro system

Posted on 2 February 2012

 Istanbul’s metro system will soon feature a new “mini-metro” that will ultimately connect the neighborhoods of Levent and Aşiyan, Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbaş has announced. The project will be built within two years and will connect the Aşiyan neighborhood, which is along the Bosphorus, to the main Istanbul metro line via a 730-meter funicular… Read more »

Black walls of Istanbul in photo exhibit

Posted on 4 October 2011
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On October 7 the Dutch photographer Arjen J. Zwart will open his photo exhibition titled “ZIFT” (tar) in the Cezayir building at the Hayriye Caddesi 12 Galatasaray (Beyoglu). The series demonstrates another view on the city with its black facades and is the second of a triptych about Istanbul on which Arjen is working. Arjen… Read more »

‘Istanbul, the place to be’

Posted on 12 February 2011

‘Istanbul. The place to be’. This is the title of an interesting audio story by Justin Vela for Southeast European Times. Here are some quotes: ‘There are many reasons for people in their 20s to move to Istanbul. They come looking for a job; they come looking for a party. American Rebecca Doffing originally came… Read more »

Historic German fountain damaged in Sultanahmet

Posted on 7 February 2011

The German Fountain, one of the iconic monuments in the touristic area of Sultanahmet has been damaged by ignorance and carelessness. ‘Historic fountain was cleaned like a pavement’ was the headline by the newspaper Haber Türk. Unprofessional workmen, without the assistance of any expert, cleaned the outside and inside of the fountain with high water… Read more »