Across from the Kadiköy pier stands the majestic Haydarpaşa Station. An iconic part of Istanbul’s skyline and a symbolic gateway to the city. The station was once the terminus for the Istanbul-Medina-Damascus railway; a line connecting Damascus to the holy cities of Medina and Mecca. Taking pilgrims from Istanbul to Medina in 5-days, down from forty. Haydarpaşa Station was the place the Orient Express once arrived, and witnessed the country’s transformation from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. Generations share a nostalgic attachement to the building and all it represents. So when it was announced that the old station was to become a hotel, naturally the citizens of Istanbul protested.Read More
We raced down the highway like a stock car in the Daytona-500. The fiend behind the wheel pressed the accelerator, forcing me back against the seat. Seconds later another drive cut us off, causing the beast to stamp the brakes. We both leaned forward, determined to exit via the windscreen.
Sweet Jesus, I thought, the evil bastard has my death note. How had forgotten I the sheer terror that comes with taking a taxi in Turkey? Arriving under the spell of love and departing under the influence of raki must have dulled the trauma on my previous visits.
'Where you from?' asked the driver.
Dante's hellish trip aside, our plan, in brief, was a simple one. Fill a cooler box with food and drink, take it down the hill, find a suitable campsite, have a swim, light a fire, eat some food, sleep, watch the sun rise and climb back up Dante's bloody hill.Read More
There is a gathering in Rimini this August, a once in a lifetime opportunity to collaborate and work intimately with a team of renowned photographers. An opportunity to develop a personal relationship with Italy's best and catapult your photographic career by contributing to their Rimini in the 3rd Millennium project.Read More
A healthier lifestyle and morning Insanity workouts meant no all night party for La Notte Rosa this year, but that didn't mean missing the stunning sunsets that heralded Pink Nights and the Adriatic Riviera's summer 'New Year'.Read More