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What's New in Istanbul
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Ancient city
The Turks
The currency
The food 
The drink


The people
Asking About Turkey
What's current?
Gypsies in Istanbul

The Places

South of the 

Istanbul in Green


Istanbul in Lights


City of Month



A skyline of domes and minarets, the sounds of the vendors in the bazaars and the ezan in the air, the rich smells of spices and tea, the visual feast of colorful scarves and Iznik tiles... These are the things that simply are Istanbul.

To visit Istanbul is to immerse yourself in an overload of the senses. Istanbul the name that conjures up so many images for so many people is a living breathing city, and not just a name from history. True, this is the site of one of the most impressive buildings of all times - the Aya Sofya -- and the ancient rubble of columns and statues literally line the street in one section of the city. 

We must not forget Topkapi Palace, complete with harem quarters, where sultans lived and ruled the once vast empire. Nor can we forget the living museum that is the Grand Bazaar, selling wares in much the same way as they were sold hundreds of years ago. But Istanbul offers far more than relics, as some twelve million who make this their home, attest to.  



When I began writing this monthly column a couple of years ago, it was because I felt the need for a venue in which to give voice to feelings and insights into the nature of everything that had been occasioned by my experience here in the city of Istanbul.  I’ve continued because, for one thing, I discovered that writing it every month helps to put me in touch with aspects of this culture I think are worth exploring.  For another, the column provides a way for like-minded people to communicate with me.  I get letters not only from Turkey, but from all over the world.

One of the great things about these columns is that although they are indeed deeply personal and often very philosophical they also function to convey something of what life in Turkey is like.  Since this is one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, I consider that very important indeed.  

Turkish culture is incredibly complex and so are the Turkish people.  What you read in newspapers and in magazines like Time and Newsweek doesn't come close to honoring that. Turkey is much, much more than the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus, the covered bazaar, and all those other things you see if you come here as a tourist. Of course, the column is only a map of the territory, but it does help provide a way into the deeper realities of a country that really is a hidden treasure.

Karen-Claire Voss

In so many ways, Istanbul truly is a unique city - Istanbul straddles the Bosphorus Strait, placing it in both Europe and Asia. Reflecting its geography, the personality of the city often feels contradictory. Istanbul is a place of great tradition, great meaning, and great change

Istanbul is also a place of unparalleled beauty.  Alphonse de Lamartine, perhaps the most romantic of the French poets, visited Istanbul in the 1830’s.  He wrote that in Istanbul, “God, Man, Nature and Art have conspired to create the most marvelous view that the human eye can contemplate on Earth.”  


Come and experience Istanbul for yourself.


Medusa Restaurant 

Located in a 4-floor restored wooden house, is ’s worth a trip to Medusa just for the atmosphere. Luckily, the food doesn’t embarrass the ambience.


The Seminal Hotel is in City Centre of Taksim

Les Arts Turcs

Quickly becoming one of the most well known destinations in Istanbul, Les Arts Turcs is a must for all info-seeking new arrivals to the city

For the Newcomer

Hotels in Istanbul
Hotels inTurkey
UEFA Champons League 2005 in Istanbul
Formula 1 Tournament in Istanbul
Limousine Service in Istanbul
Yachting Tour In Turkey
Istanbul City Tour
Tours in Istanbul and Turkey
Rent A House Flat in Istanbul
Art and Culture Shopping Center
Belly Dances Courses in Istanbul
Night Show in Istanbul

Rent-a-car Turkey
Turkish Cooking Course
Ney Lesson in Istanbul

Whirling Dervishes,Sufis in Istanbul,Turkey


Rent A House Flat in Istanbul
Rent A Apartement Istanbul

Airport to 

The Important Things

The weather
Are We



Art and Culture

Carpets and 

Alternative Travelers

Belly Dance in Istanbul
Latin Dances in Istanbul 
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