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

‘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 »

Taksim Square for pedestrians only

Posted on 1 February 2011

Istanbul’s mayor Kadir Topbaş’s announced recently that work would begin in 2011 to close Taksim Square in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district to traffic. It will be for pedestrians only. Many roads in the area will be moved underground and bus stations and metro entrances relocated. The mayor said in his announcement that both Mete Street, which runs… Read more »

Documentary films in Depo for free

Posted on 31 January 2011

Depo and Documentarist start their second year of documentary screenings on every other Saturday. Documentarist has been organizing documentary film festivals and independent screenings in Istanbul for the past two years. The screening program at the Depo cinema titled SaturDox will be accompanied by presentations by professionals and academicians working in related fields. A selection… Read more »