Monday, 2 December 2013

Arnavutköy: A Charming Place Where Bells of the Orthodox Church compete with the call to prayer

Constantinoupolis is a city where ''one can satisfy all one's whims,'' wrote the Italian traveler Edmondo de Amicis in 1878. ''One can light one's cigar in Europe and shake off the ashes in Asia.'' Located on the European shore of the Bosporus, Arnavutköy still exudes all the charm and diversity of the former Constantinople. Here, the bells of the Orthodox church compete with the call to prayer coming from the mosque.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

İstanbul Bebek Hotel

Bebek Hotel takes part in the heart of Bebek Village affording the best view of Bosphorus that sets Asian and European Continents. Serving since 1955, Bebek Hotel is renovated with an architectural eye that highlights quality, comfort and homey feel by harnessing communication, technology and safety facilities of the modern age. 21 boutique rooms feel like the middle of Bosphorus at Bebek Hotel, which keeps entertaining the guests with enjoyment.

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Claude Monet Exhibition at Sabancı Museum İstanbul

Claude Monet Exhibition at Sabancı Museum İstanbul
Sakıp Sabancı Museum - Emirgan
After already showcasing the works of Picasso, Rodin, Dali, and Rembrandt, Sabancı University’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum is bringing the works of French impressionist painter Claude Monet to the public between October 9, 2012 and January 6, 2013. Monet is known as the father of French Impressionism after an art critic dubbed his style as such due to its heavy concentration on form and light, rather than realism. The exhibition, which focuses on large paintings of flowers and nature that he was famous for, showcases Monet’s works from the last 30 years of his life. The works include paintings from the period of his life he spent in Giverny from 1883 until his death, and his representations of the surrounding nature, such as his own garden that featured water lilies, ponds, and bridges. Water lilies and lily ponds were in fact a favorite subject for Monet and he did numerous paintings in this theme, playing with different color compositions to bring out the muted and unshapely lilies, with each painting displaying a slightly different mood. In addition to Monet’s paintings, the exhibition also features Monet’s close friend French impressionist painter Auguste Renoir’s portraits of Monet and his wife Camille, as well as Monet’s personal belongings and photographs, providing a rare glimpse into the life of an artist who was immensely talented but struggled with poverty, depression, and illness. 

How much: 12TL (adults); 8TL (with group discount); 4TL (students older than 14 years old and teachers); Free (Children under 14 years old, Sabancı University students and academic staff) 

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Photo: A Fascinating View of Lake Abant

The ancient Lake Abant Nature Park in Bolu

The lake lies at an altitude of 1,328 m at a distance of 32 km from the provincial seat of Bolu city. It is a favorite vacation and excursion spot for both Turkish and foreign travellers thanks to the natural beauty of its surroundings, which are covered with dense forests, and easy access by car (it is served by a 21 km road leaving from the İstanbul-Ankara E 80 highway at the level of Mount Bolu, three hours' drive from these two largest cities of Turkey). Lake Abant is a natural park.

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Turkish firm constructs 180 bridges in Turkmenistan

Ankara-based Nata Construction Tourism Trade and Industry Co. affiliate Net Yapı has constructed 180 bridges in Turkmenistan in 500 days. Speaking to Today’s Zaman on Monday, Nata Construction CEO Namık Tanık said the cost of construction of the 180 bridges in the country’s five provinces totaled $287.5 million. Calling for Turkish businessmen to invest in Turkmenistan, Tanık also said there are no difficulties concerning payment by the Turkmen government, which was rumored to not pay on time. He said the company had finished the construction of a bridge every two-and-a-half days and is continuing its operations, signing more contracts. “We will build a steel bridge over the Karakum Canal in the capital, Ashgabat,” he added. The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 and will cost roughly $23 million. The company is currently building the longest bridge in Turkmenistan in the northwestern city of Serdar, which will be 320 meters long, while two train stations being erected in the province of Balkan are still under construction. Regarding the rumors concerning payment to Turkish firms, Tanık underlined that the president of Turkmenistan had ordered that payment be made on time to those who complete their projects by the date specified in the contract and recommended that corporations take advantage of the opportunities in Turkmenistan. Tanık said his company has been receiving many business proposals from Algeria and Nigeria and is considering starting construction projects in these countries. “We plan to start operations in one of these countries after feasibility studies are completed,” he said, stressing the slowdown in the domestic market and suggesting that firms which are financially able to do so go abroad. He also mentioned the company’s plans to build a new shopping mall in Ankara that will host an indoor skiing area, an entertainment center and 400 residential properties in its vicinity. The project will cost $210 million, he said.

Which two Anatolian teams will join Ankara in Bank Asya?

Twenty-six down, nine to go: The playoff picture has now almost become crystal clear as the 2011-12 Spor Toto Super League heads toward the end of the regular season.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the İstanbul “Big Three” -- as Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş are popularly called -- are going to qualify for the playoffs in April. And the famous trio will be joined in the four-team tournament by one Anatolian team -- which could be Trabzonspor, Gençlerbirliği, Sivasspor or Eskişehirspor.
The top end of the Super League is almost settled, but not so at the bottom end, where things are heating up and two Anatolian strugglers will have to join “doomed” Ankaragücü in the Bank Asya League 1 (second division) next season.
Cellar-dweller Ankaragücü, the team that boasts the league’s worst offense and defense, has scored only 17 goals, conceded 53 and garnered only 11 points in 26 outings. Ankaragücü will therefore be plying its trade in the second division next season.
Three teams are destined for the drop at the end of the season, and so two others will have to join Ankara in the Bank Asya League in 2012-13. The most likely candidate is second from last newcomer Samsunspor, with only 23 points from 26 matches, and the next is third from bottom Gaziantepspor with 26 points.
And depending on the results from the upcoming matches, Kardemir Karabükspor with 28 points, Manisaspor with 29 and Medical Park Antalyaspor with 32 could be in trouble.
Any match involving these teams from now on with be as important as those involving the playoff contenders. Medical Park Antalyaspor hosts misfiring Manisaspor in week 27 this weekend in a match in which the winner will heave a huge sigh of relief, while the loser will have shot itself in the foot.
Week 28 will also see intriguing games with relegation candidates Manisaspor and Gaziantepspor squaring off in Manisa, and Kardemir Karabükspor entertaining ousted Ankaragücü. And it is worth mentioning that the losers will only have themselves to blame. There will still be tension at the bottom after week 28, but the fact of the matter is that Ankaragücü coach Hakan Kutlu, Mesut Bakkal of Samsunspor and Gaziantepspor’s Hikmet Karaman -- and coaches of all the other teams hovering above the relegation zone -- will henceforth be having many sleepless night.

Two Turkish films premiere in Berlin!

The world premiere of Turkish director Emin Alper’s film “Tepenin Ardı” (Beyond the Hill) was made over the weekend at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival. The film was shown in the Forum section of the festival. 

Speaking to press members before the screening at the Cinestar Movie Theater, Alper said Turkish cinema had been on rise for the last 10 years. “I hope this rise will continue. One of the most important factors here is the support provided by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. This support exists everywhere in the world but it only started in Turkey in 2000s. This has resulted in the appearance of a new generation in Turkish cinema. Thanks to this support, the new generation can make films.” Alper also said he was sorry that there was no Turkish film in the competition section of the festival. 

Another Turkish film that made its premiere at the festival was Reis Çelik’s “Lal Gece” (Red Night), which was screened in the Generation 14plus section of the festival. Along with the director, the film’s stars İlyas Salman and Dilam Aksüt also attended the screening. Çelik said that his film was about marriage at young age, “but the real story of the film is the self-questioning of a man in this situation,” he added.