Archive for the ‘Traffic & Travel’ Category

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…

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?

Choosing our “vapurs”…

Istanbul Municipality asks Istanbulites to vote for one among 8 models for the future boats we will use to cross the Bosphorus. There has been a campaign against the municipality’s reform plans on these traditional boats but I couldn’t follow what happened in the end. Is this poll satisfactory? We will see…

Almost Interactive Istanbul Map

Finding roads is not easy in Istanbul…

This map though could give everyone a little help ;)


Istanbul reviews for would be travellers…

After a few super busy weeks, Erkan returns to the blog with some links:
A cool history blog, Mavi Boncuk posts about Marginals of old Istanbul .

TavelBite focuses on Nişantaşı: “The ultra-hip area of Nisantasi has long been one of the most desirable areas to stay in Istanbul, thanks to its haute couture shopping and great art….” Robert Haru Fisher writes for Frommer’s and offers a piece for would be travellers: Istanbul Delights: A Turkey Travelogue. In the mean time, Anya von Bremzen focuses on Istanbul’s Food and Wine stuff.


Last night while going back from work to home, I would have never thought that my ride home would be so entertaining.
While at the Besiktas stop, I noticed that the bus was staying unusually long at the stop and thats when I heard them. A group of tourists, 19 to be exact, started boarding the bus from the front. They were trying to explain to the driver that they wanted 19 tickets but they didn’t know that you couldn’t buy the tickets from the actual bus (see:red bus/blue bus). The bus driver let them pass, all for free. I was so proud of this lovely act of kindness that will probably stick to their minds and be one of their positive memories of the trip. They didn’t know how to say that they we’re 19 so this girl told them that 19 was “On Dokuz” in turkish and thats when it all went down hill.
For the next 30 mns, they kept repeating “On Dokuz” amongst them. I stopped counting at the 23rd On Dokuz.
The traffic between Besiktas and Ortakoy is horrendous at night so I was happy when I finally managed to get out of the bus, 45mns later.

Istanbul map


In a subway you expect a map of the city. This we find in Istanbul subway.

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