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Viewpoints in Istanbul: Congress Center

This viewpoint is actually quite unknown and a little bit off the track, and does not provide a real overview of Istanbul at all. Nevertheless the view is nice, and green, the latter is quite uncommon in Istanbul. And it provides a nice view of the coastline of Üskudar with Kadiköy in the background.
Interesting spots around the Viewpoint ICCBesides it offers the opportunity to have a nice walk in one of the very few green lungs of Istanbul, the Macka Parki, and to see the Dolmanbahce Palace, his Clocktower and the construction site of the new Besiktas stadium from above. For all who are interested in the history of military, the Military Museum Istanbul is literally just around the corner. The famous, and stunning, Mehter Military Band performs every day at 3pm.

Take the Metro M2 to Osmanbey, Exit Pangalti

İstanbul Kongre Merkezi, Taşkışla Caddesi Harbiye

Istanbul for free: Elgiz Museum

The Elgiz Museum for Contemporary Art is the only museum in Istanbul which is actually free all the time. Besides only the art galleries and the SALT exhibition spaces are free of charge all the time.
The Elgiz Museum for Contemporary ArtThe museum opened in 2001 and was founded by the collectors Sevda and Can Elgiz with the idea of promoting the development of contemporary art in Turkey by providing space, support and international visibility to projects by young Turkish artists. 

The Museum is backed up by the Elgiz Collection which consists of work of renown artists such as Ömer Uluç, Abdurrahman Öztoprak, Tracey Emin, Jan Fabre, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Sol LeWitt, Peter Halley, Paul McCarthy,Robert Rauschenberg and Doug Aitken, permanently integrating new works of young artists.

The Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art provides a total of 3500 m2 of exhibition space for the collection and temporary exhibitions. Aside from the main hall, reserved for d…

Turkish Food 101: Breakfast

After the explanation of some typical turkish drinks before, now some information about the what is what in Turkish breakfast. Yet Turkey has not such a big breakfast culture as for example Germany in matters of variations, especially of bread. Nevertheless, at least on the weekends, people gather together for splendid breakfasts with quite a range of foods at home or even at cafes and restaurants. The kahvalti - the turkish word for breakfast - is relatively healthy, provides quite some variations, and always comes with some tomatoes, cucumber and olives. Includes some juice, but less likely a coffee (kahve), which is more likely to be consumed after it, but with the typical tea, cay. 

Turkish Food: BreakfastEkmek - Bread in different variations, mostly softBörek - A baked pastry made with phyllo dough and stuffed with a one or more vegetables and sometimes meat or cheesePeynirli Börek - Cheese börekKymali Börek - Ground beef börekSimit - Relatively dry bagel with sesameBeyaz peynir …