2015 March

MESSAGE OF THE CEO

Dear Guests, 

The spring has come, and beautiful days are ahead. I wish you all a joyful spring and give you my thanks for choosing Turkish Airlines.

CITYSCOPE

In the Footsteps of An Architect
1. 18.36.54 HouseConnecticut, USA Named after 18 platforms, 36 sharp points, and 54 lined and mirrored bronze strips, 18.36.54 is a living space of 2 thousand square meters. 
Zurich by Numbers
Zürich’s main station, with 2,915 trains scheduled every day, is the most frequently served railway station in the world. The city is only a matter of hours from Paris, Milan, Munich and Hamburg.
Little Tree Worlds
Arhitects since 1998, Ayşegül Uğurlu and Emre Özberk have recently been growing their own miniature trees, and decorating the surroundings with handmade wooden furniture and appropriate planting.  
Asian Tiger
DODe-stress in hot watersSoak your jet-lagged limbs at Beitou, a hot springs area in the city. The government-run Millennium Hot Springs is accessible for an affordable NT $40. Don’t miss the Hot Springs Museum for...
Through the Glow
1. Silver decander / Artrium   2. Blown glass decander / Archive Galata 3. Blown glass tumbler / Archive Galata  
From Clay to Art
Q: When did you start to create your brand?A:After I started working at the atelier, I realized that I really missed working with clay, and the process picked up some speed. In 2013, I started making my own ceramic...
Gripin Loves the States
S: What is the story of the band’s name?C: Birol Namoğlu: There is a connection between the attitude of the band and its name. Coincidences, apathy and being late play a major part in our lives. It’s the same...
Beauties in Gold
The typical metalware objects you might see at auctions or in magazines have beautiful engraved Ottoman patterns created by master craftsmen. They are made from copper, but after the engraving is finished it’s time...
4 Cities
PARIS - Gathering 140 galleries from 20 different countries at the Grand Palais, this year Art Paris Art Fair’s guests of honor are Singapore and Southeast Asia.March 26-29artparis.fr
Istanbul in 10 Frames
ORTAKÖY SQUAREAn old woman feeding  seeds to the birds by hand, or a newly-wed couple posing for photographers… each time, Ortaköy Square welcomes you with a new surprise. There can’t be a better place to...
The Presentation of Nature
1. Solid bocote espresso cups / Contemporary Eco Wood 2. Wooden serving platter / Haluk Aydın 3. English oak solid cheese tray / Contemporary Eco Wood
An Entertaining Metropolis
Portland Children’s Film FestivalOrganized in March 25-29, Portland Children’s Film Festival brings many independent and foreign films into town such as Hugo and We are the Best. The workshops and activities...
Movie Of A Self-Sacrificing Generation
Q: What was your motivation for shooting Son Mektup?A: I generally shoot films due to my interest in recent history. We’re the grandchildren of a generation that suffered from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s....
Prestigious Gifts
ROSEWritten by Gül İrepoğlu and published by Yapı Kredi Yayınları, the book covers every aspect of roses - from their names to their tastes and smells, in all kinds of forms; in paintings, tiles, fabrics, music,...
In Search of Jaguar: Pantanal
What you need to know: Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world, and with almost no human settlements. It has incredibly diverse wildlife that can easily compete with the jungles of Africa.
A Praise for Coffee
When a man asks for a girl’s hand in marriage, the prospective bride makes Turkish coffee for her guests. However, she adds salt instead of sugar to the future groom’s coffee. If the groom finishes his coffee...
A Bridge Between Civilizations
Designed by Fumihiko Maki, Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, and taking light as the source of inspiration, the Aga Khan Museum provides a different perspective on the Islamic arts, exhibiting thousands of ceramic,...
Mercan Dede's Montreal
If you see the Cirque Du Soleil tent set up by the river in summer in the Old Port district, where I’ve been living more than 20 years as a happy neighbor, in Montreal resembling a giant performance hall, you should...
This Month in Istanbul
1. Drop by Küçükçiftlik Park to see Mamut Art Project bringing 55 young artists together with collectors, galleries, foundations of culture and arts, and art-lovers.March 26-29mamutartproject.com
Welcome To Nollywood
One of the most beautiful countries in West Africa, Nigeria is home to Nollywood, the second-biggest movie-industry center in the world, after Bollywood. The capital Abuja is among the centers of this industry. 

ARTICLES

Respect For History Project
Opet, one of the leading organizations in Turkish fuel industry, has made some important changes to the Gallipoli Peninsula through its project “Respect for History”, started in 2006. Within the scope of the regeneration operation, the villages of Alçıtepe, Seddülbahir, Bigalı, Kilitbahir, Kocadere, Behramlı, Büyükanafarta and...
The Way to School
A group of school children walk down the frozen Zanskar River with their parents in Ladakh, India.  Each year they are forced to make the 5 day journey on foot down the ice in order to reach their boarding school in Leh.  Road access to Zanskar is cut off during the winter months and the river offers their only means to get...
Konya: The Ever-Exotic
My first day in Konya… Although it’s early at the market in a small tree-lined square, it is busy and full of color. Women carrying baskets made heavy with fruit and vegetables move slowly from stall to stall. Large green watermelons are for sale here, alongside tiny pistachio nuts, glossy deep purple aubergines and freshly baked flatbreads...
Weekend In Muscat
Once a small fishing port by the waters of the Arabian Sea, guarded by the Al Hajar Mountains beyond, Muscat has evolved into a multicultural centre. Here, old meets new and historic buildings blend seamlessly with five-star luxury. Enjoy coffee and Shisha Pipe in the old town - home to the fantastic palaca of the Sultan - or dine in decadence...
Human Towers in Tarragona
The "Castellers de Vilafranca" team prepares its upcoming human tower during the XXIV Human Towers Competition in Tarragona, Spain. Human towers have become one of the most important cultural traditions of the city for more than 200 years. 
Sublime Montenegro
As we disembark at Podgorica Airport, we are greeted by deep blue sky, salty sea air and the scent of pine forests. The photos we had seen while planning the journey depicted a mountainous country with a glorious stretch of coast bordering a sparkling azure sea, and we were eager to see whether the reality would live up to these tantalizing...
Beauty Stemming From Salt
Home to the world's oldest salt mines, Hallstatt is one of the loveliest villagest near Halstatter Lake in Austria. An exact copy of this ancient village which has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, has been built in China.  
Take Me to The West Side
My stomach rumbles as the cable car makes a swift turn, picking up speed as it rolls downhill. On a bright morning in San Francisco, the bell of the cable car rings clearly as locals hop on and off. While others are running to work, hoping to grab a bite on the way to the office, I am bakery bound—with a mission of slowly tearing apart one of...
High Tech At Home
We’re not that far from living in totally smart homes. With the advent of new-gen technologies, smart household appliances not only make life easier but also bring the future a little closer. Already we have many smart devices, from washing machines and vacuum cleaners to door locks and light bulbs, but perhaps the biggest development in...
The Baverian Lion
My inspiration for photography stems from my grandfather who was also a professional photographer. This photo is from his hometown of Lindau on Lake Bodensee in Bavaria Germany.
The Stars of the East and the West
The Japanese professional basketball league TURKISH AIRLINES BJ LEAGUE, for which Turkish Airlines is the title sponsor, played a game with All-Star on February 1.
Rainbow Square
The early morning light descends upon the old city square of Poznań, Poland as a white dove wing, and embraces the colorful buildings mistaking them for a rainbow. The small but chic cafés decorated with woolen tassels, and baskets of birds and flowers made of paper will soon be filled with the smell of coffee. The jazz notes will wait for the...
Gallipoli: The Peninsula of Brotherhood
THE GALLIPOLI TOURIt was an early 5.30 am start, long before the fishermen set up their positions along the Galata Bridge and well before the first “simit” bread was sold by a street seller. A local tour company bus, with the words “Hassle Free” inked on its side, crept out of Istanbul en route for Gallipoli.
The Red Magnet
I'm in the middle of a red magnet with dangerous and winding roads - a place where the dust sweeped by the wind descend upon a deep strait in the Dades Valley, Morocco. The waters of the springs from other valleys mix with the river flowing down and feeding the date trees. As the motorcyclists race with the wind, the smell of roses coming from...
Ertuğrul’s Flight Of Its Life
Where should we start commemorating Çanakkale? Should we start from Ezineli Halil who had a prudent story and a life full of sacrifices, and who said, “I pull the trigger, pull it... Pull it again. The rifle doesn’t shoot; it doesn’t fire. I thought that the rifle’s broken. ‘Look at it’ I said to my comrade next to me, my rifle’s...
An Extraordinary Taste of The Sea
Surrounded by three very different seas, our country is blessed with an amazing array of seafood. Having spent my childhood and adolescence in the coastal district of Yeşilköy in Istanbul, I feel lucky to have had the chance to familiarize myself with all the offerings of the sea. That explains my lifelong passion for seafood, especially what...
Gallant Commanders
Mustafa Kemal stood out with his military personality in the Battle of Çanakkale. He went to Eceabat on 25 February 1915 and left the Gallipoli Peninsula on 10 December 1915. Having served for 9 months 13 days, Lieutenant Colonel Mustafa Kemal was promoted to Colonel on 1 June 1915 due to his outstanding success in the Battle of Çanakkale. He...
Corporal Seyit
It was about 5.30pm on March 18 1915 – a day when all the redoubts went silent and even the mines weren’t doing any good. Sixteen Turkish soldiers in the Mecidiye Redoubt were killed and 24 wounded. Only three were three people standing in the Mecidiye Redoubt: Captain Hilmi, Seyit from the Havran district of Balıkesir, and Ali from Niğde....
The Minelayer Nusret
Manufactured in Germany, the minelayer Nusret sailed on the Dardanelles on September 3 1914. Under the command of the Defence Commander of the Dardanelles, Cevad Paşa, Nusret skillfully laid the last 26 mines in the Bosphorus at midnight of March 7 1915 (a Sunday) in the Dardanelles. On March 18 1915, the British Irresistible and Ocean, and the...
Marshall Otto Liman Von Sanders, And His Memoirs
Born in Germany in 1855 and having served in various military missions in Germany until 1913, von Sanders was sent to the Ottoman Empire in 1913 as the head of a German military mission. In World War I, he became the Ottoman 5th Army’s commander as Marshall, defending Çanakkale. In 1918, he was assigned to the front commandership, i.e. the...
Çanakkale, As Told By Hamilton
Born in 1853, Ian Hamilton served with the British troops in India, South Africa and Egypt. Turning back to Britain later on, Hamilton was assigned as the Palace Guards Cavalry Regiment Headquarters Commander. After serving as an observer in the 1904 Russo-Japanese War, he was promoted to Commander of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in...
Where Histories Meet Gallipoli
Though Australia and Turkey are geographically very far from one another, they shared a history 100 years ago; it was a common history that Australians condense into one word: Gallipoli. During World War I, in 1915, Australian troops joined the Allied Forces to invade the Gallipoli Peninsula.  The Australian soldiers who lost their lives...
Çanakkale Redoubts
HAMiDİYE REDOUBTSouth of the Kilitbahir Castle, in the center of Çanakkale between Çimenlik and Dardanos Redoubts. Derives its name from Sultan Abdul Hamid II who built the redoubt. This redoubt was controlled by the German officers and privates during the entirety of the Battle of Çanakkale. MECİDiYE REDOUBTOn the Çanakkale Nara Avenue,...
Çanakkale Everythıng Burnt Into Roses
The Battle of Çanakkale was among the greatest wars of this century. Aspiring to achieve victory in World War I, the Allied Forces  wanted to pass through the Dardanelles and capture Istanbul. The Ottoman Army fought in a series of sea and land battles which lasted for months against the Allied Naval Forces in the Dardanelles. At the...

TURKISH AIRLINES NEWS

Transporting to almost all corners of the world thanks to its unique flight network, Turkish Airlines continues its passengers to make new explorations with the new destinations it opens in March. As of March, Turkish Airlines starts organizing...
Turkish Airlines President and CEO Temel Kotil, PhD and a delegation visited Baghdad in order to discuss the issue of developing the collaboration between Iraqi Airways and Turkish Airlines. Temel Kotil, PhD and Turkish Airlines delegation...
One of Turkish Airlines’ successful sub-brands, Turkish Cargo is regarded as today’s one of the prominent figures of global air cargo industry. Standing out among its competitors thanks to its innovative and credible understanding of service,...
Organized by Turkish Airlines Flight Academy, the two-day program is held each month with the participation of the expert trainers and the psychologist. Creating homogenous groups, the program demands at least 10 participants in each group for it...