Istanbul


Published August 6, 2013

ISTANBUL: Turkey is often called China of Europe with 42,5 percentage of population is aged 24-54 and as Owen Matthews wrote even in 2004 it is the best country to be, underlying that many “rural kids come to Istanbul to live a modern life”. Seven years later in 2013 Istanbul is still busiest city in Turkey with growing number of population and potentials not only for Turkey citizens, but also many of internationals, although Istanbul holds first place as the city with highest level.

Early September in Lausanne is a wonderful time to make street photography of the window of one shop with old collections and materials. A mother and her daughter look at the window of the shop closed at Sunday toward a replica of famous Orient Express train that connected in the past Paris and Istanbul for certain period.

Almost a year later, pictures open the site under Ataturk Boulevard in Istanbul quarter Fatih, showing timeless arches of Valens aqueduct which historical significance dates back to Emperor Hadrian and Roman period. Aside of history for an early morning arriver in Istanbul, three things are enough for a great start of the day: simit bread, Turkish coffee and later the glass of Turkish tea, strong enough to serve as a refreshment and protect from the sun.

Serving as a bridge between two continents, Istanbul offers magnificent views from European to Asian side, an adorable visual and voices experience inside the heart of one of the noisiest city in Turkey.

Like many others cities in the world facing urbanization, dynamics of financial and business life, Istanbul is a big part in debates whether old buildings strive for modernization, or the modernization confronts history and forms odd sentiments with new, white and glowing facades.

The contrast of that debate one can see at two parallel streets in Istanbul, Taralbasi and Istiklal. At Istiklal a sparky and white designed building of the shopping mall is at the center of ongoing debates about “modernity” or “preservation”.

At the same time, a project Tarlabasi is renewed confronts the borders not only of aesthetic and architecture but as well debates right of law income families of Roma and Kurdish origin to live at this part of the city Istanbul, known by its own specifics of neighborhood life.

Irresistible with its own charm and above all its people, the city offers many aspects to see and experience. For example, Beyogly district is a home of 25 thousand trades. This is a main gate of tourism in Istanbul and it is to certain example of lifeblood of Turkey.

The World Bank expects Turkish economy to grow 4 percentage in 2013 and 4,5 percentage in 2014. Some of the potentials in the growing economy are fruit and vegetable and fisheries sectors. In 2009 Turkey produced 10.420 tons per year fruit and vegetable and 451.933 tons per year fisheries. Turkey exported $154 million fish products and $2, 1 billion exports of fruit and vegetable. Between 2000 and 2009 food and drink industry exports rose to $5.9 billion.

To those familiar with Turkish habits will recognize hookah or Turkish water pipe used in century old tradition. Although, the pictures bring more on the work of a man in a coffee house in Istanbul who serves the guests with special type of oak coal used to light the hookah.

Usually people in Turkey work long hours or sometimes all day long as this popcorn and watermelon street sellers. Will the hard work pay at last to this vendor of Turkish ice cream called dondurma.

It is in their tradition here at Istiklal street to tease with customers when they put the ice cream on stick, rotate several times before finally serve the customer.

If one question how this is not melting, that’s the greatest secret of this ice cream: resistance to melting.

At this time less success for this vendor as no one started the game of buying the ice cream. Even though, in Turkey one person could eat 2.8 liters of ice cream, some Turks will keep away from this cold sweet or consume only with warm liquid.

In their best tradition is to prepare and consume tea even though at the small work places at side streets near the main walking zone Istiklal.

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