2015 January

MESSAGE OF THE CEO

Dear Guests, 

As we leave 2014 behind, we’d like to express our thanks and appreciation to you, our valued passengers, who have travelled with us through Turkish Airlines’ big success story. Having continued its 10-year growth in 2014, our company is happy to improve its...

CITYSCOPE

A Journey with Dice Kayek
Your frequent travels?AE: Since we live in Paris and Istanbul, we fly back and forth between these two cities.EE: Outside this routine, I go to Beijing every two months. We also travel to Hong Kong every four months...
Turn a Delay into Time to Play!
While a delayed flight is an inconvenience, that doesn't mean the time can't be enjoyed. At Singapore Changi Airport, for example, you can spend time strolling through beautiful trees and flora and even a butterfly...
Time Travel
“I’m preparing a collection for 2015 about which I’m really excited. Named 'Decorative Details', this collection consists of functional and interesting objects. I gave this name to it because it has all the...
Theme Parks With The Kids
SingaporeUniversal StudiosTake a trip through the world of cinema on this entertainment island designed just for kids! Average temperature in January: 300C Abu DhabiFerrari WorldFormula One races held in the...
Renan Öztürk's Katmandu
Nepal is the perfect destination for exploring through travel and climbing mountains. I first visited Kathmandu in 2001. I especially enjoy interacting with people in Boudhanath Stupa and photographing the sunrise. I...
Turkish Airlines Cuisine By Numbers
Why does tomato juice taste so good on a flight?According to studies, our sense of taste changes. Even people who usually don't like tomato juice (perhaps they find it sickly) often report that it tastes sweet and...
Islamic Arts in the Mobile World
ABOUT THE MUSEUMThe Islamic Museum of Australia is a culture and arts centre that challenges stereotypical views about Islamic art, history, culture, and beliefs. Also supported by the Republic of Turkey, the museum...
Prague’s Modern Awakening
1-The craziest place: You should definitely visit Modernista, the gallery of Janek Jaros, who played a vital role in the Czech cubist movement. 2-The most cubist structure: Shedding a light on cubism, House of the...
Sardes The City of Firsts
Sardes, the ancient Lydian capital situated in Salihli, Manisa, is known as the place where the first coin was printed. In addition to coins, madder-painted fabrics, and perfumes and creams sold in special tiny vases...
The Movie Buffs’ Season
THE HOLIDAYThis movie tells the story of two women who temporarily exchange their homes for the holidays. It is pretty hard to resist when the likes of Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law meet in a rom-com. HAPPY...
Cuban Spirit
DON'T MISSBeach time: Spend a day in Varadero, one of the most important vacation cities in the Caribbean, west of Havana. Latin-style beach culture goes on 12 months a year. Salsa: Casa de la Música, where...
4 Cities
NEW DELHI - Bringing  diversity and quality together under the same roof, India Art Fair will make the world look India from a different perspective, with its rich content. January 29-February 1indiaartfair.in
Dakar Rally
Regarded as the originator of rally, Thierry Sabine got lost in Libyan deserts with his motorcycle in 1977. In order to share the beauty of the landscape he saw, the driver plotted a route that started from Europe and...
They Have Drogba!
Four-time champions of the Premier League, Chelsea has long been one of England's football powerhouses. With a history that includes one Champions League title, a pair of UEFA European Cups and one UEFA Cup, Chelsea...
This Month In Istanbul
In celebration of the 600th anniversary of Poland-Turkey relationships, follow the footsteps of orientalism in Polish art in Pera Museum.Through January 18
Jetlag? What’s That?
The Soviet Union Women’s National Volleyball Team prepared for the World Women’s Volleyball Championship held in Tokyo in 1967 with tough training. They consumed protein-high nutritious food and rested well. The...
Smart Travel
Bowers & WIlkIns C5For those who can't do without music when travelling, the most important accessory is surely the earphones. With its unmatched fit into ears, and features such as noise prevention and clear...
Long-Lasting Gifts
Erciyes’s Dream KayseriPresented by Yapı Kredi Publications, the book was written with an exclusive plot embracing the fascinating natural and cultural heritage of Kayseri, the throne city dating to the Archaic times. 
New Designs for the Beloved Taste
1- Ceramic tea glass, Tulya Madra House of Paper. 2- “İstanbul Tiryaki” tea glass designed by Faruk Malhan, Koleksiyon. 3- Tea set designed by Alev Ebuzziya, Paşabahçe. 4- Tea glass designed by Defne...
Flying In Comfort
Apple iPad Mini Tablet  Baxter of California Travel Kit Baxter of California Oil Free Moisturizer Otis Batterbee Chalk Square Sleep Mask Otis Batterbee Chalk Square Travel Pillow Kiehl’s Ultimate...
Gorilla Safari in Africa
What you need to know: Reservations are required, as every day 10 groups, consisting of eight people each, are granted permission to partake in the safari.  Three levels of difficulty: There is the easy level, a...
Small Stand Great Taste
The story of Sabırtaşı began in 1987 when Ali bey came to Istanbul with his wife and six children. He introduced içli köfte (kibbeh), one of Anatolia’s ancient cuisine riches, to Istanbulites by setting up a...
Ottoman Traces in Africa: Ottoman Cricket Club
An accomplished South African cricket team, Ottoman Cricket Club boasts a legacy dating 132 years. Founded by the students of  “Cape Town Ottoman School,” opened by Abu Bakr Efendi, the history of the team -...
Colourful Latin Bazaars
SAN TELMOHer is the most bohemian hood of Buenos Aires, with its colonial buildings, narrow passages and antique shops. On Sundays, visit the flea market set up on Dorrego Square. There’s nothing you cannot find in...
Mountain Party Time
Held between January 18 - February 13, Uludağ Winterfest hosts more than 40 thousand participants. Colourful shows, ski contests and DJ performances make a great difference in the festival that many artists from Tom...
We Hit The Road with We're From Turkey
Although being a precursor airline company is a term indicating sectoral and corporate rights, this title also loads the company that bears it with a national mission. Having carried the Turkish flag with pride since...
Istanbul in 12 Hours
SEEDİKİLİTAŞ (EGYPTIAN OBELISK)Dikilitaş was constructed in 1450 BC in memory of Thutmose III in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, and brought to İstanbul in AD 390. Blue MosqueBuilt in the name of Sultan...
Following the incubation period of 2-21 days (8-10 days mostly) after being exposed to the disease, some symptoms such as high fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain...
All About Bansko
1985The year that Bansko’s fortune has changed. After 1985 World Ski Championship, the town grew in popularity and played host to crowds of tourists from all over the world. 550 kmThe distance between Bansko and...

ARTICLES

Most Beautiful in the Alps
Franz Reisch became the first person to ski from Kitzbühel Horn in 1893, and this small medieval town has been known as one of the most elegant destinations for skiing in Europe since then. Besides the most developed network of ski runs in the world, its lively city centre may also be a reason enough in itself to visit Austria.
Nemrut'un Zirvesinde
A French kite-surfer, tied to his board only by a harness, fearlessly surrenders to the strong gusts of wind off the summit of Mount Nemrut, where King Antiochus and his entourage are buried. The continious wind accompanies this huge kite and the energy of the man tied to it.
Doha Museum of Islamic Arts
Opened in 2008, the Museum of Islamic Arts is a stunning example of I.M. Pei's approach to building modern architecture in harmony with the local culture and environment; he went to great lengths to capture the spirit of Islamic architecture in the building, which is constructed on an artificial island 60m offshore. The sources of inspiration...
From A Theatre to A Bookstore
Located on the Santa Fe Boulevard in Buenos Aires, El Ateneo is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Opened as a theater in 1919, the venue has hosted many famous tango performers, including Carlos Gardel, on its stage. Each year, more than 1 million people visit the building, which has been used as a bookstore since 2000. 
Ex Oriente Lux*
Is there anyone who doesn't know the saying "ex oriente lux"? The light wanders about like a sultan over the İshak Pasha Palace in Doğubayazıt. Although a segment of the palace is demolished, even its posture today is enough to impress. It's not only because it is a structure where Ottoman, Persian and Seljukian architectures are intertwined,...
Elijah Wood's Travel Journal
You are best known with your role as Frodo Baggins. What is your favorite character that you have played? My favorite experience working on a film was Grand Piano, playing Tom Selznick. On a technical level it was easily the most complicated work that I’d ever faced, as the character is a classically trained concert pianist and I’d only...
Dining at Baltic Walls
Cutting through the snows of Tallinn’s Raejoka Plats, the atmospheric old town square, I don’t miss the flurry of pavement cafes that spill out across the cobbles in summer. How could I, when winter in the Estonian capital sees the gastronomic action move inside into a world of cosy comfort that soon dispels the chill of the Baltic...
The Towers of Istanbul
All these towers are integral components of Istanbul’s identity, be it for their functional properties or their value as symbols. Beyazıt Fire Tower, for example, built so that the city would not be destroyed in the fires for which it was famous, was prominently located for averting this danger. The Galata Tower as well served the same...
Long Weekend at Brussels
SATURDAY10:00 a.m.Start your morning tour from Grand Place Square. The most spectacular building here is Hotel De Ville, or the Municipality Building which is in gothic style. Thanks to its tower, you can easily find your way around the city. French bombs hit the city in 1695 but this building was the only one not harmed. A winter village is set...
Sarajevo: History Meets Modern Life
In one of Miljenko Jerkovic’s stories, a shopkeeper who closes his shop on the first day of spring, writes an excuse on the glass of his shop: “We’re closed due to the sun.” After a short flight when I leave the airport, instead of hurrying into a cab and getting away, I start walking. On a shiny day borrowed from summer, Sarajevo, tells...
Istanbul's Hidden Treasure
It was one of the city’s military gates prior to the Conquest. Eventually opened to the general public, it became the city’s newest gate, known, not surprisingly, as “Yenikapı” (Newgate). Known briefly by this name, it was subsequently renamed when a Mevlevîhane, or Mevlevi Dervish Lodge, was built here. We understand the name change...
World Tour With Kadayif
Kadayif (an oven-baked shredded pastry) is usually thought of as the main ingredient in the dessert known as kanafeh or burma. However, kadayif itself is neither sweet nor salty – it takes on other flavours when syrup is poured over, or when it is baked or deep-fried with other ingredients. He we recreate some dishes from around the world in...
Smart Tech
Smart BraceletAn ideal gadget to get familiar with wearable technologies, smart bracelets record your age, size and weight, and provides you with the steps you’ve taken, the distance you’ve logged and how many calories you’ve spent that day. You can make a smooth transition into the technologies of the future with this gadget that...
My Best Friend!
After taking a sip from the Rojita soda which is quite popular around here, the young Nicaraguan sitting next to me at a street hamburger stand in the city of León offered the straw to the red-crowned Amazon parrot on his shoulder. When he saw that I was watching in wonder, he answered: “He’s my best friend!”
Fish for the Birds...
I was listening to the sound of the ocean on the deserted beaches of Caye Caulker Island in Belize, famous for its white sand. I wanted to be a part of the joyful moments on the wooden pier reaching out to the endless blue. The kids were experiencing the joy of living on the island,  as they were throwing the fish they caught to the birds.   
An Intercontinental Hit
It was one of the most unforgettable moments of my life when I pressed the shutter release button to shoot the world-known golf player of the world, Tiger Woods’ hit on the Bosphorus Bridge connecting the two continents, Asia and Europe, in Istanbul which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
El Teide Volcano
Tenerife’s busy resorts twinkle far below as twilight grips the El Teide volcano, but I turn my gaze to the stars. Here, at 3,000 metres altitude, the air is thin and the temperature hits freezing. It’s so dark that the stars don’t twinkle, and by midnight, the Milky Way rips through blazing constellations. Nowhere else on Earth can you...
The Bridge of Peace
The most practical way to shoot a picture of Mostar Bridge, which has been bringing different cultures together since the Ottomans, is to go into the garden of the Koski Mehmet Pasha Mosque. When I went there, I thought I could find a better angle. I asked for their permission and climbed the minaret. The view was spectacular indeed. Although a...
Night Fisherman
A cormorant fisherman in Guangxi province of China, lights his paraffin lamp ready for some night fishing on the Li River with his cormorants. The cormorants dive into the river from his bamboo raft and grab the fish in their beaks. They cannot swallow the fish because their throats are fitted with a tourniquet.   
The Oasıs at The End of  The Silkroad: Bursa
With the past in your mind, try to picture yourself in the early days of the silk trade. The hustle and the dust cloud, the inviting flavours, the richness of scents – they are all essential components of this picture, but can the twenty-first-century Bursa still capture them and keep them alive?
Rising Stars
A new era is shaking up Bangkok’s food scene, nourished by a vision of a new gastronomic culture in Thailand’s capital. A vision shared by innovative Thais and expatriates who find inspiration in local traditions and further afield, who embrace creative risk, guided by the twin beacons of quality and originality. At the heart of this...
Murat Ülker
Murat Ülker, the Chairman of Yıldız Holding, whose company has just upgraded to the global giants' league after acqusition of Godiva and United Biscuits brands, shared his leadership and management vision and his passion for art with Skylife readers.

TURKISH AIRLINES NEWS

Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and of the Executive Committee Hamdi Topçu received the award for "Most Successful Company in the Field" on behalf of Turkish Airlines from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in Turkey Innovation Week.  
Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit was held on November 20-21th  in Istanbul, where issues such as world energy security, energy problems in the 21st century, supply and demand for energy, oil and natural gas were discussed. The summit...
Ever-changing since the day it was founded, Turkish Airlines Flight Training Center presented 71 of its graduates with their pilot brevets on December 8. Turkish Airlines President and CEO Temel Kotil, Ph.D. giving a speech at the graduation...
Organized by Turkish Airlines as its main sponsor, FIS Snowboard World Cup gathered the best snowboarders of the world in Istanbul.
On February 26-28, Istanbul Congress Center will host ACE of M.I.C.E. Fair, which is one of the most important meetings in the industry of congress, meeting and event.