Archive for June, 2006

48 hours: istanbul @ national geographic

do not miss the istanbul report on national geographic travel if you plan to visit istanbul. metroblogging istanbul has been mentioned as one of the best web resources to check out for future visitors and/or residents. yep!

the forklift


these two photos were both taken on the second week of june- time of festivities. can you notice the acrobats walking on sticks, the womanwith the pink flag and the humpty dumpties? no. why? because that yellow forklift was always there blocking the view, stealing the scene. for at least three weeks. each time i looked out of the window to see what was going on, i just found myself taking photos of the forklift. it sure was the most interesting thing to see on istiklal street, and i miss it now, wherever it may roam (probably somewhere between starbucks and gloria jeans’ where it won’t find the attention it deserves.)
p.s. hamdi photo courtesy of s.o.

Istanbul’s New Ferry…Traffic Monitoring Center…


Hurriyet: Istanbul has chosen her ferry

And here is a cool municipality site, cameras monitoring Istanbul traffic constantly…

Look, what will happen to Istanbul taxis (!)

Zaman Daily says:

According to new regulations issued by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, all taxis in Istanbul will have to be equipped with air-conditioning, airbags, and GPS (Global Positioning System) by the end of 2007, or else they will be banned from taxi work.Of the 18,000 taxis currently operating in Istanbul, 11,000 are still without air-conditioning. The new regulations are intended to bring Istanbul into line with regulations in European Union countries…

Istanbul is the 15th most expensive city…

According to Mercer Human Resource Consulting 2006 survey here is the the most 15 expensive cities (the second numbers belong to last year’s rankings). Here is a related news from CNN…

1 4 MOSCOW Russia
2 5 SEOUL South Korea
3 1 TOKYO Japan
4 9 HONG KONG Hong Kong
5 3 LONDON United Kingdom
6 2 OSAKA Japan
7 6 GENEVA Switzerland
8 8 COPENHAGEN Denmark
9 7 ZURICH Switzerland
10 10 OSLO Norway
10 13 NEW YORK CITY United States
12 15 ST.PETERSBURG Russia
13 11 MILAN Italy
14 19 BEIJING China
15 22 ISTANBUL Turkey

Why do we like Istanbul?


This picture was taken nearly 10 days ago. It was a showery Thursday afternoon on the highway to Ataturk Airport. It doesn’t make sense to be stuck in traffic at that time. But you are stuck, you are late to meet your guest and you are frustrated. And then you ask why do I like this city?

Electronica Festival İstanbul

DJ Sasha, DJ John Digweed, Armin Van Buuren !

All coming to Istanbul for Electronica Festival Istanbul.

Finally some good electronic music in the houze ;)

August, 18th and 19th !

Information : Electronica Festival Istanbul

Ticket prices are :

50 YTL (two-day ticket, normal)
80 YTL (two-day ticket, stage front)

‘Foreign Palaces of Istanbul’

“The Austrian Consulate General in Istanbul celebrated the publication of Tuna Köprülü’s coffee table book, “The Foreign Palaces of Istanbul,” a light yet scholarly work depicting the histories of 13 foreign embassies in the former capital of the Ottoman Empire…..

First city walls of Istanbul discovered in Yenikapı

According to Hurriyet, ‘One section of the lost city walls, dating back to the period when Roman emperor Constantin had first founded Istanbul (Constantinople), was discovered Archeologist Metin Gökçay in Yenikapı Istanbul old town….However, in an act that could not occur anywhere else in the world, a concrete plant was swiftly built over the ruins belonging to the first founding of the city, found during digs as part of the Marmaray Project’

Film and Media Conference Starts Tomorrow!

Conference web site is here. I will be chairing a panel. But if i am not interesting enough have a look at these names:

Guest of Honor: Theo Angelopoulos

Keynote Speakers
Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University)
Thomas Elsaesser (University of Amsterdam)
Jan Olsson (Stockholm University)
Faruk Günaltay (former Eurimages representative)

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