Category Archives: Istanbul Walks

Cité de Pera (Flower Arcade)

While walking through the old part of Beyoglu (Istiklal avenue), you’ll come across an eclectic Ottoman building called Cité de Pera just opposite Galata Palace, today’s Galatasaray Lycee. It might remind you some of the 19th century buildings in Paris and Vienna with their beautiful … Continue reading

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Ortaköy: A pretty village on the Bosphorus

…The knot of fear                                                                                                                          United in peace                                                                                                                               Every now and then                                                                                                     Juxtaposed                                                                                                                                           Just a few steps apart                                                                                                                    Looks at each other compassionately                                                                                                  On the shores of Istanbul                                                                                                                 The Ezan                                                                                                                                              The Bell                                                                                                                                                 The Hazan                                                                                                                                           Beki L. Bahar This … Continue reading

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From the Nile to the Bosphorus

                                                                                      Myths do travel as long as people wander The Bosphorus, known as the Istanbul Strait is a strait that forms the boundary between the Thrace and Anatolian sections of Turkey. The ancient writers state that the Bosphorus derived its … Continue reading

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Arnavutkoy, an authentic Bosphorus neighborhood

Arnavutköy (arna-vut-kėuy), the Albanian Village This charming neighbourhood is located  on the European side of the Bosphorus. At one time she was called as Anapolis and Estias. Her name  “Albanian” comes from the group of Albanians settled  during the early … Continue reading

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A Journey from Konstantiniyye to Istanbul

In our  walk and cruise by Bosphorus trip, we have the opportunity to see and talk about how the view and landscape of Bosphorus has changed through time. The current exhibition at Pera museum displays the photographs of the Anatolian Shore of the Bosphorus … Continue reading

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The Lost Harbour of Constantinople

One of the largest urban excavations in history exposes a massive Byzantine port. This is the site where a new east-west rail line will emerge from below ground connecting with the city’s subways light rail system and the busses.

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Istanbul Street Music

Istanbul has  lively street music performances similar to other metropolitan cities in the world. While you are walking on the pedestrian street called Istiklal Caddesi or Beyoglu, you can hear the rhythms and sounds of Anatolia. 

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Seagulls of Istanbul

“Say Istanbul and a seagull comes to mind Half silver and half foam, half fish and half bird” Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu Turkish painter and poet (1913-75) When ever I see the seagulls,  they always remind me of Jonathan Livingston who … Continue reading

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