Local Tip Make sure to check out the competition first, decide what price you're prepared to pay for it, and then get ready to haggle fiercely.Opening prices are absurd, but if it's quick gifts you're after, half the...
Local Tip The Blue Mosque is a working mosque, so visiting times are controlled but entrance is free. Make sure you know the various times the Mosque is closed for prayer.
Previously called Constantinople and Byzantium, Istanbul is now a cosmopolitan and modern metropolis. Once the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman...more »
Istanbul excited our imagination from the first day of this...more »
Istanbul is a city where two worlds collide. Straddling the mighty Bosphorus strait, the city has one foot in Asia and one foot in Europe; East meets West, both physically and figuratively,...more »
The Turkish Republic was built in part on the proud legacy of the Ottoman Empire. Its remains can be seen scattered all around Istanbul, where walls,...more »
PAAVO JÄRVI conductor HILARY HAHN violin J. Brahms Violin Concerto D Major, Op. 77, A. Bruckner Symphony No. 3, D minor more »
J. Haydn Symphony No 8 “Le Soir” W. A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, G Major, KV 453 P. I. Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony B minor, Op. 58 more »
Though it is widely accepted as being Dutch, the tulip has its roots in Turkey. Exported to Holland during the 17th Century, this flower is celebrated annually in the city. For around two weeks in April, city parks and roadside medians flower with a fantastic variety of vibrant colours. The best places to go during this time is Yildiz,... more »
JACK DEJOHNETTE drums JOE LOVANO saxophone ESPERANZA SPALDING bass LEO GENOVESE piano more »
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