Traditional short weekend escapes from the weekday routine are a must for every Istanbul local. Catching up with the family and friends in popular city spots for long weekend breakfasts and chats are a part of the long established city culture.
While routes along the Bosphorus are equally enchanting throughout the year, autumn is the time of the year when we get mesmerised by the playful colours of the nature.
If you find yourself wondering around ?i?hane with some extra time on your hands, a visit to the two current exhibitions hosted in this charming old part of Istanbul could instantly refresh your thoughts in an intriguing way. They are both very different in style and expression, yet equally inspiring in their own ways.
Istanbul has been enjoying the fame of a glorious shopping city since time immemorial. Jewellery, leather, gold, spices, fabrics and clothes have been attracting shopping enthusiasts from all over the world for decades and centuries. No matter how well travelled you are, the vivid sights and sounds of the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar will long stay with you, as their centuries long charm enchants everyone.
Istanbul is a city of concrete and packed buildings. Unless you are lucky to live somewhere by the seaside with a view breaking over the Bosphorus or the Marmara sea, chances are you will be looking into a concrete structure from your window. This is the Istanbul we live and that we got to love for all its charm and its shortcomings. Yet, all citizens of megacities like Istanbul inevitably crave green and quiet areas, to rest from the busy city life, its heavy traffic and often over crowded streets.
Over the previous three weeks, a festival of street art and graffiti Mural Istanbul https://www.instagram.com/muralistanbul/ has taken place in several different locations around Kadiköy.
Organized for the first time in 2012 as the first festival of its kind in Turkey, it has turned into an event that has adorned many walls with striking wall art, and made news all across the street art community worldwide.