2015 June

MESSAGE OF THE CEO

Dear Guests,

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for choosing Turkish Airlines.

Last month, we celebrated our 82nd anniversary and took stock of our progress. All our efforts now are focused on  future...

CITYSCOPE

Football Meets History
New projects begin to move forward when executives do something to provide a permanent service for football; putting the Hasan Doğan National Football Teams Camping and Training Facilities to a good use by turning it...
Reid Wins The Golf Spring
Held this year for the 7th time, Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015, for which Turkish Airlines has been the title sponsor for the 6th time, witnessed a fierce competition. The Turkish leg of the Ladies European Tour,...
From Çilehane To A Librar
The çilehane was the place where the dervishes withdrew from worldly deeds to purify themselves during their 40-day worship and retreat. A library has been added to the larger complex with the restoration of the 17...
From Cockpit To Awareness
Rita Wilson who is known for her works on the white screen and the stage says in an interview that one of her biopsied and it came out clean, however she felt the need of consulting another doctor upon the...
The First Airport On Land-Fill In  Turkey - And Europe
The first airport on artificial land in Europe, and only second one in the world after Japan (Kansai Airport), the Ordu-Giresun Airport is now open for service. 19 km from Ordu and 25km from Giresun, the airport -...
Grand Bazaar In 12 Hours
KALPAKÇILAR STREETHome to many jewelry stores, the street appeals to everyone, local and foreign. The winding roads behind the street are filled with shops selling leather, carpet, textile products, pots, antique...
Happy Orphans For A Happier World
Supporting orphans through its global experience of humanitarian relief gained over 22 years, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH) sent a project offer to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (İİT)...
Shopping Fest Begins!
Bringing together Istanbul’s historical past, culture and culinary arts through shopping, the Istanbul Shopping Fest (ISF)countdown has started. As a festival that hosts many foreign visitors and promotes Istanbul...
Crossing Cultural Boundaries
Did you know that copying your supervisor in on an e-mail implies lack of self-confidence in Scandinavian countries? Though technological developments have made communication easier than it was in the past, cultural...
The Rose Queen Of Ramadan
The iftar tables set in the palace and the mansions of Istanbul during ramadan in Ottoman times are legendary. When searching for a light dessert to follow the iftar feast, the cooks of the time invented the easily...
A Cultural Repetition Kostantiniyye
Self-taught artist Ahmet Güneştekin’s new exhibition Million Stone greeted art-lovers on May 6 at the La Pietà Art and Exhibition Center in Venice, where Vivaldi once served as music master. Organized...
The Ever-Lasting Harmony Between East And West
How did the idea of creating such an ensemble come about? What’s do its members have in common? The idea of creating an ensemble like this came about when I started playing viola da gamba, a Renaissance and Baroque...
The Time Of The Seljukian
Can you tell us a bit about your journey from Konya to Manchester?While we were living in Bursa, we had to move to England for my husband’s project. We were to stay there for about 2 years, during which time I...
Ashraf Sharif Khan’s Lahore
Lahore, the city in which I was born, is often referred to as the cultural heart of Pakistan. One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Lahore's architecture is remarkable for its variety and uniqueness....
The Ancient City Of Lystra
Located in Gökyurt village in Konya, Meram, Hatunsaray, the ancient city of Lystra is known for its rock formations, which resemble those in Cappadocia. Lystra is also mentioned in the Bible, and is an important...
Belgium On The Silver Screen
IN BRUGES Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, this dark comedy reflects the fabulous atmosphere of Bruges so successfully that it defies all the clichés of a comedy movie. The medieval Belfry of Bruges has...
The Center Of Entertainment: Manchester
1-Museum of Industry and ScienceThis museum, where you can find all kinds of objects relating to the history of Manchester - from the oldest textile machinery to the most modern X-ray equipment - is also home to...
Traces Of Past Civilizations
What are your design aims?My aim is to interpret the contemporary uses of the rich cultural geography we live in, by being inspired by its shaping throughout history. It’s very important to me to keep the traces of...
This Month In Istanbul
1-See İsmail Acar’s works with the theme Istanbul and Tulips, taken out of his workshop for the first time and on show at the exhibition Atelier by İsmail Acar. May 7 – June 10 www.addresistanbul.com...

ARTICLES

On Bosphorus
  The Bosphorus is the defining physical characteristic of Istanbul. After all, how many cities in the world have a sea passing through them? And here, the sea isn’t simply ‘passing through’ – it carries you from Asia to Europe, from the Aegean to the Black Sea, and back again. The Latin name Mediterranean (derived from medi and...
A Heavenly Gift
Ramadan is the time when the wisdom of fasting is upon us, and the deep meaning of sharing and unity are experienced in the breeze of iftar. Experienced as a spiritual feast, bathed in prayer each day and changing the routine passing of time, Ramadan arrives as an inner revolution and turns monotonous lives into individual and societal ascents....
Ertuğrul’s Legacy
In 1871, Japan proposed a treaty of friendship to the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit II declared his opinions on this matter to the commander of the Japanese warship Seiki, which arrived in Istanbul with cadets in 1875, and also to the envoy who came to Istanbul in 1881. The first official negotiation between the Ottoman Empire...
Garden Of Roses
ROSE PRODUCTION IN ISPARTAThe history of the Damask rose in Isparta, which was brought to Anatolia in the early 1870s by Bulgarian immigrants, dates back to merchant Müftüzade İsmail Efendi. Realizing that rose cultivation could provide gainful employment when done properly, İsmail Efendi educated himself on the subject, planted some...
Europe’s Beating Heart in Baku
The message from Azerbaijan spread all over the world. Athletes from over 50 countries are to meet and share exciting moments at the coast of the Caspian Sea. The event that brings them together this time is unprecedented indeed, Baku 2015, the first European Games with over 6,000 participants expected. Breathtaking competitions ranging from...
1 Plum 3 Great Ideas
The plum season has arrived! Originally from Asia and also produced in Syria, plum was a tree that was frequently planted in these lands by the Romans. The Romans favored dried plums, especially damsons. Highly popular during the Renaissance, plum started to be consumed in various forms after the 16th century. Don’t assume that plums...
A New Trend: The Smart Watch
The shared claim by all brands is for their smart watches to serve as a life coach and make the user’s life easier, as well as function as a watch. Now most of the models support SIM cards, making communication possible without any need for phones. Including various contactless payment systems, smart watches will turn carrying a wallet into a...
Sochi In 48 Hours
From the shores of the city along the Black Sea to the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana in the Caucasus Mountains, the region of Sochi was transformed into a global hotspot for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Now that the crowds and TV cameras are gone, Sochi is reverting to its traditional role as a laid-back retreat for summer visitors, with its...
The Real Dream
Madrid, the capital of Spain - perhaps the leading sporting country in Europe - recently hosted one of the greatest sports events in the world, the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. The fact that a Turkish team was one of the final four during the tournament, which has been sponsored by Turkish Airlines for the last five years, gave...
A Penalty Kick Is Similar To A Golf Swing
How did you start playing football? Was it your childhood dream?I started playing football at a very late age. At first I was playing with my neighbors just for fun. I didn't actually have a childhood dream. I only wanted an honest and normal life. Though you’re born in France, you’re deeply attached to the Senegalese culture and Islam. Did...
The Eyes of Bangladesh
While walking through the streets of Sylhet, Bangladesh, I found myself inside the grounds of a madrasah Islamiah (Islamic school).  I was invited to meet the principal, who offered me tea and sweet biscuits and wanted to chat. At the end I asked if I could take a group photo of the students, while standing on the first-floor balcony of the...
The Right Moment
Stu Johnson, a local Fijian surfer, takes to the water. He duck-dives to get under the waves in order to get into the right position to take off and surf one. The waves are very heavy, and being in the right position is vital otherwise he could get swept over the reef and injured. In this photo Stu had to go under a set of five waves in order to...
The Labyrinth Of Blue
A blinding blueness and whiteness gives a sense of depth... I am talking about 9,000 similar streets, differentiated only by their width and their arrangement of individual houses. The streets reflect the traditional face of Morocco, but artworks appearing when you least expect them make you feel otherworldly.
Journey Into The Red
The Sahara Desert shows off its wonderful colors and power. The rocky landscape gives way to  beautiful sand dunes. The area is not just an excuse for tourists to enjoy the desert; historically caravans used to cross the area from the town of Sijilmassa to the Mediterranean. For this reason, getting a brief camel ride on the dunes is more...
Mardin In June
Nobody’s in hurry in Mardin. Everyone goes happily about their daily business, taking the time to enjoy a nice conversation. We’re greeted with treats the moment we set foot there. Sugared almonds, Turkish coffee, tea... Even the owner of the shop we stopped in to buy some soaps wouldn’t let us go without a cup of tea. Inspired by the...
They Are Partners Not Employees
Although this has always been true, what's changed, however, is the way people are led. Gone are the days when leaders could be -indeed, were expected to be- aloof and unapproachable, handing out orders from on high like some sort of demigod. Because of revolutionary transformations in the business world, the traditional relationships between...
Bruges Rediscovering The Fairytale
We flow from the train doors like spilt marbles: spreading fast and furiously out of the station and pacing past other tourists to make a beeline for the unfailingly pretty medieval heart of the city. Bijou Bruges and her tangled web of cobbled streets are notoriously busy in summer, but I’d come to see if I could sidestep the throng and glut...
Family Tradition
The tradition of hunting with a Golden Eagle is passed down from father to son. In this shot, Eagle Hunter Silou is teaching his son Berik the secrets passed down by generations. They are riding with their eagle on horseback at the Tsambagarav Glacier in western Mongolia, close to the Chinese border.