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Istanbul awaydays – the Princes’ Islands

The air is heavy with the sweet scent of pine resin, mingling harmoniously with the fragrant odours of Mediterranean shrubs and herbs. The desultory drone of a few early-rising honey bees, the clip-clop of a horse’s hooves in the distance and the soft slop of waves breaking gently against the...

Posted on 19 March 2014

Istanbul’s Big Breakfast Experience

Istanbulites don’t need online men’s lifestyle magazine Thrillist (www.thrillist.com) to tell them that the Turkish breakfast is one of the world’s best. In fact most would, with justification, take issue with being silver-medalist to Venezuela’s gold. Fat, succulent olives picked in Aegean groves, piquant garlic sausage from the heart of...

Posted on 05 March 2014

Istanbul’s British Connections

Many of the ten million or so visitors Istanbul attracts annually are lured by its long, exotic past. The soaring, mosaic-encrusted dome of the Haghia Sophia, surmounting what was once the greatest church in Christendom, is a reminder of a time when the city was the heart of the Byzantine...

Posted on 19 February 2014

Istanbul: A brief tale of many cities

Watching the visually stunning “Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities”, first screened on BBC 4 towards the end of 2013, makes for a better introduction than most to one of the world’s most compelling cities, Istanbul. Its presenter, the erudite historian and writer Simon Sebag Montefiore, is an engaging companion,...

Posted on 21 January 2014

Skyfall: Istanbul, Adana & Fethiye for James Bond fans.

Skyfall released in 2012 (directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig) was the twenty-third James Bond film. An action film needs a good backdrop, and Turkey has many picturesque locations. They filmed scenes for the film in  various locations in Turkey over a three month period in 2012.  ...

Posted on 07 August 2013

Turkish Tourism Continues to Grow

The number of tourists visiting Turkey increased by 4.93 percent in June compared with the same month of the previous year according to data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Thursday. The increase took the total number of visitors in June to 4.7 million, while the number...

Posted on 27 July 2013

Istanbul Olympic Bid Picking Up Pace Says Official

There is "overwhelming" domestic support for Istanbul's 2020 Olympic bid according to Hasan Arat, chair of the Istanbul 2020 Bid Committee, adding that the body plans to promote the city for the games right up unti the IOC makes its decision September 7. With Istanbul still in the running against...

Posted on 26 July 2013

Turkey Set to Become Top Economy in OECD

According to the latest predictions of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Turkey is set to post the second highest GDP growth in the organisation next year, it said in its "Employment Outlook 2013" report. In the report Turkey was named as one of the few countries that...

Posted on 24 July 2013

Ford to Complete Move From UK to Turkey

Ford Motors, one of the world's largest car manufacturers is closing up its operations in Britain and moving completely over to Turkey. After recently closing its 40 year old plan in Southampton the firm is now set to do the same in Dagenham beforing moving the operation across to its...

Posted on 19 July 2013

Law Change Could End Military Involvement in Politics

In its latest move to remove the military from Turkish politics the Turkish Parliament on Saturday amended an army regulation that had often been used as a precursor for the military to get involved in politics and even to overthrow previous governments on several occasions. This regulation, or one article...

Posted on 17 July 2013