Daily quote – June the 7th

”I see Turkey’s future as being in Europe, as one of many prosperous, tolerant, democratic countries.” – Orhan Pamuk

Daily quote – June the 6th

”A journey of four hundred and thirty miles can be made in any part of the United States, but in Turkey it takes as many days.” – Elsworth Huntington 

Today in 1453

Today exactly 559 years ago, in 1453 (Gregorian calender) the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II begins his conquest of the city we now know as Istanbul, Constantinopel. With an army between 80.000 to 200.000 people (which is quite a gap, if you ask me) he intended to conquer this strategically very important city. This we do … Continue reading

National Geography Photography – Man mural, Turkey

Surfing on the web to find the most beautiful pictures to show you, I came across this one. Although I do not find it especially intruiging when it comes to light, one of the most important aspects of a great picture, yet I do think it is a very powerful image. All the individual handprints … Continue reading

National Geographic Photography – Train Ride, Istanbul

Watch this beautiful picture made during a normal train ride in Instanbul, Turkey, famous for its beautiful mosque. For more stunning footage, please click here. Related blogs: – National Geographic Photography – Museum of Islamic art, Qatar – National Geographic Photography – Hot air balloon, Turkey

Once Upon a Time in …

No, not in the west this time. In Anatolia, to be precise. Set in a Turkish desert, Once upon a time in Anatolia is a very extraordinary movie. It has won the Cannes grand prix, but not everybody is positive about it altogether. In fact, people have walked out of it. How interesting! Watch the … Continue reading

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