Showing posts from February, 2015

Emirgan Park - Green Istanbul

One of the biggest and most known parks of Istanbul is the Emirgan Park. The 452.000 square meter park is located on the European side of Istanbul, between the neighborhoods of Rümeli and Istinye. It is one of the big green lungs relatively close to the city centre. 
And if ones decides to take a bus from Taksim, Kabatas or Besiktas to the park, it also provides a nice ride along the shore of the Bosphorus, passing Ortaköy with its famous mosque - possible stop! - and the two Bosphorus bridges. 
Emirgan Park: Free views and recreationEmirgan provides not only some spectacular views of the Bosphorus but also a lot of caves, ponds, waterfalls, historic trees and water ponds. Altogether with a mirad of walking paths and three restored Ottoman mansions it creates a pretty unique atmosphere. The three mansions are a prime example for the Ottoman architecture of the late years, and are named in regards to their colors, pink, white and yellow. 

The Emirgan park especially creates a unique atmo…

Street Art for free in Istanbul - Kadiköy

Yet another hidden gem in the always surprising city of Istanbul is located on the Asian side, in Kadiköy. There, located in some in the first glimpse normal streets of a standard neighborhood of Istanbul, around almost every corner there is an impressive piece of street art to find. 
Backstreet Street ArtThe street art in the backstreets of Kadiköy mainly features murals which have been painted during the Muralist Festival  2012 and 2013. For those who wonder what a mural is, a mural is is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. But now some of those impressive and marvelous murals should speak for themselves. Here are three out of eleven wall high murals, not counting all the graffitis which are to be found around the area. 

Occupy Antartica from B.Shanti of the artist collective "Captain Borderline". 

Elephant at Night by South African rooted artist Freddy Sam 

Resistencia by INTI, an artist based in Valparaíso, Ch…