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A very special proposal

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As Istanbulite, not only we take care of your stay in and around Istanbul, but can also arrange an unforgettable evening for you. How about a wedding proposal?!

We had the pleasure to organize a memorable evening for Liz & Ben, a lovely couple from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

The surprise event took place at the luxurious Çırağan Kempinski Hotel. Their evening started with a private dinner table set in front of the Tuğra Restaurant with views of the Bosphorus. A cellist was playing in the background and the table was decorated beautifully with candles . After their romantic dinner, Ben took Liz towards the historical arch where the surprise was waiting. We were informed that Liz loved gumball machines, and Ben wanted to hide the ring inside one of the prizes in a gumball machine.  We set the machine at the foot of the arch and as suspected, Liz ran towards the gumball machine as soon as she saw it, flipped the handle and got her pize. What a prize was that! Immediately Ben got on one knee and proposed to his beautiful lady, who of course exclaimed YES! After hugs, kisses, music (which Ben selected) and fireworks  the couple got on board on a private yacht where a bottle of champagne was waiting for them.  The celebrations continued into the night at the popular club Angelique where their friends were wating for them. To make sure the couple would never forget this special night, we video recorded the events as they unfolded.

We were honored to be part of this couple’s important event and wish them a happy and healthy life together.

Congratulations Liz & Ben!

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See Istanbul in a new perspective

Street cats. Seagulls. Ferries. Street vendors. Fishermen. Crowds. Lights. Minarets. Old and the new. Bosphorus. Panoramic views.

These are only some of the subjects you can photograph in Istanbul. Imagine discovering more during a photography tour led by the local photographer Seza Bali, who is represented by Elipsis Gallery and has exhibited at art fairs such as Contemporary Istanbul. On this tour, you can see panoramic views from the top of the Galata Tower, get lost in the rich smells and colors of the Spice Market and explore the charming Fener and Balat neighborhoods. 

Don’t forget your walking shoes and be ready to see Istanbul’s many faces.

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Istanbulite’s latest tour lets you discover Turkish fashion in a unique way

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Istanbulite continues to offer unconventional tours to make sure you will have a unique experience during your visit.

Imagine getting a sneak peak into the creative minds of designers. You may even have a chance to meet them personally and learn about their working process, inspirations and new projects. On our Fashion tour you will discover local fashion and jewelery designers and learn more about the Turkish fashion scene. The tour, led by a local fashion designer, Asu Aksu gives you an insider view to the world of designers and is sure to leave you inspired.

Some of the designers we might visit are:

Özlem AhıakınZeynep Erdoğan, Ayşe Deniz Yeğin, Asu Aksu as well as the collaborative designers showroom Room Teşvikiye.

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Discover the Turkish art scene with Istanbulite!

With several new exhibitions opening up every month, Istanbul now holds a strong place on the international contemporary art market. Today many Turkish galleries and artists are recognized around the world, exhibiting ground breaking works and participating at international art fairs. 

Beyoğlu district, the heart of the city, is home to creativity. Many artist studios, design boutiques and galleries reside in this district. Spend half a day with a local Turkish artist and walk through the neighborhoods of Cihangir, Karaköy and Tophane visiting several exhibitions.  

Our Contemporary Art Walk, led by Seza Bali, will start with a cup of Turkish coffee with a brief explanation of the art scene. After visiting the galleries we will end our tour with a delicious lunch at Karaköy Lokantası.

Please note that this tour is not available on Sundays and Mondays.

To read more about the Turkish art scene and the up-and-coming Karaköy neighborhood, check out these articles:

The Istanbul Art-Boom Bubble, New York Times

In Istanbul, a Spray of Style, New York Times

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Congratulations to Istanbul! Tripadvisor users have verified what we already knew.
Istanbul was chosen as the number one destination to visit in the world. This city is the most beautiful one in the world and one of the most exciting ones to visit due to its historical monuments, dynamic vibe and young spirit. 
http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations-g1-a_Mode.expanded

Congratulations to Istanbul! Tripadvisor users have verified what we already knew.

Istanbul was chosen as the number one destination to visit in the world. This city is the most beautiful one in the world and one of the most exciting ones to visit due to its historical monuments, dynamic vibe and young spirit. 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations-g1-a_Mode.expanded

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Ever felt like anything you look at, can be history?
Well, maybe you have not. But this exhibition at Salt Galata: 'Dismantling the Archive: Representation, Identity, Memory in an Ottoman Family' certainly made us feel like there is history everywhere.
lt all started with some diaries that were handed to Salt Research.
Diaries ot Said Bey, who is described by the French historian Francois Georgion as a caricature of an ‘Ottoman bourgeoisie istanbulite’, date between 1900-1940.
We are talking about a man who writes down anything and everything, from how many candies he bought to how much he spends on his mother-in law’s funeral.
Researched and curated by Phd student Ece Zerman as her Masters thesis; this is a quite intriguing exhibition, rather different than most history exhibits.
Where else can you see an animation of a 19th Century character who visits Berlin for the first time and sees electricity (work of Sait Mingü and Boran Güney)? Or where do you smell lavender as you walk by wedding preparation items?
The exhibition is designed by Future Anecdotes İstanbul and we have to admit that they did a great job!
Make sure you check it out!
Adresse:
Salt Galata
Bankalar Caddesi, No.11, Karaköy

Ever felt like anything you look at, can be history?

Well, maybe you have not. But this exhibition at Salt Galata: 'Dismantling the Archive: Representation, Identity, Memory in an Ottoman Family' certainly made us feel like there is history everywhere.

lt all started with some diaries that were handed to Salt Research.

Diaries ot Said Bey, who is described by the French historian Francois Georgion as a caricature of an ‘Ottoman bourgeoisie istanbulite’, date between 1900-1940.

We are talking about a man who writes down anything and everything, from how many candies he bought to how much he spends on his mother-in law’s funeral.

Researched and curated by Phd student Ece Zerman as her Masters thesis; this is a quite intriguing exhibition, rather different than most history exhibits.

Where else can you see an animation of a 19th Century character who visits Berlin for the first time and sees electricity (work of Sait Mingü and Boran Güney)? Or where do you smell lavender as you walk by wedding preparation items?

The exhibition is designed by Future Anecdotes İstanbul and we have to admit that they did a great job!

Make sure you check it out!

Adresse:

Salt Galata

Bankalar Caddesi, No.11, Karaköy

(Source: istanbulitecom)

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Vault Karaköy is due to open on March 1st, 2014! 
It’s the fourth hotel of House Hotel, the luxurious boutique hotel chain.
Vault is located on Bankalar Caddesi in Karaköy, the former Bank Avenue of the late Ottoman financial center. It is an exciting time for the district which is going through gentrification. The hotel is located very close to Salt Galata, which has become a very important cultural hub in the city. 
Vault is based in a renovated historical building, the former Sümerbank. 19th century building, with its quiet high ceilings and old frescoes, is quiet enchanting. Like the other hotels of the House Hotel Group, this one is also designed with a clean, modern touch. Details like green carrera marble in the bathrooms and contemporary art on the walls, attract attention. Half of the art is from Ulusoy collection whereas the other half is picked by Zeynep Berik Yazıcı and will feature neon art and video art.
The view above, is that of the rooftop of the hotel. Not only is the hotel located in a very central location, she also has one of the finest views of the historical peninsula where the imperial mosques of the Ottoman era and the Topkapı Palace is lighted up in the evening.
Karaköy’s more artsy district with hip cafe’s and contemporary art galleries, is only 5 minutes walking distance away from the hotel.  
Galata Tower and Galata neighborhood, especially Serdar-ı Ekrem street which houses local fashion designer brands, cool cafe’s and unique stores, is only 10 minutes away from the hotel. 
Below is the teaser video, enjoy: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoCQZd_OZzo

Vault Karaköy is due to open on March 1st, 2014! 

It’s the fourth hotel of House Hotel, the luxurious boutique hotel chain.

Vault is located on Bankalar Caddesi in Karaköy, the former Bank Avenue of the late Ottoman financial center. It is an exciting time for the district which is going through gentrification. The hotel is located very close to Salt Galata, which has become a very important cultural hub in the city. 

Vault is based in a renovated historical building, the former Sümerbank. 19th century building, with its quiet high ceilings and old frescoes, is quiet enchanting. Like the other hotels of the House Hotel Group, this one is also designed with a clean, modern touch. Details like green carrera marble in the bathrooms and contemporary art on the walls, attract attention. Half of the art is from Ulusoy collection whereas the other half is picked by Zeynep Berik Yazıcı and will feature neon art and video art.

The view above, is that of the rooftop of the hotel. Not only is the hotel located in a very central location, she also has one of the finest views of the historical peninsula where the imperial mosques of the Ottoman era and the Topkapı Palace is lighted up in the evening.

Karaköy’s more artsy district with hip cafe’s and contemporary art galleries, is only 5 minutes walking distance away from the hotel.  

Galata Tower and Galata neighborhood, especially Serdar-ı Ekrem street which houses local fashion designer brands, cool cafe’s and unique stores, is only 10 minutes away from the hotel. 

Below is the teaser video, enjoy: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoCQZd_OZzo

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13th Istanbul Biennial started on Saturday, Sept 14th!

One of the interesting parallel exhibitions, is held in Yuvakimyon Girls School, a beautiful 19th century building in Fener that used to be Girls School for Greek children until 1988. 

The school which was abandoned for 25 years, came back to life with Kalliopi Lemos’ exhibition ‘I am, Between Worlds and Between Shadows’.

Important Greek artist, Kalliopi Lemos, who focuses on human rights and women’s issues, has created seven beautiful statues which represent various struggles women face around the world. 

A must-see exhibition! Don’t miss it! 

Adresse: 

Yuvakimyon Rum Kız Okulu, Tevkii Cafer Sokak, No.16, Fener, İstanbul

For further information: 

http://www.kuadgallery.com/exhibition/i-am-i-between-worlds-and-between-shadows/

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Proud to present our Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, 2013 Winner. We would like to thank everyone helping us to get this award.

Best,
Eda & Sinan Sokmen

Proud to present our Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, 2013 Winner. We would like to thank everyone helping us to get this award.

Best,

Eda & Sinan Sokmen

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Ready to fly over Istanbul?
200 year old domes of an inn, cosy terrace of a hip boutique hotel, terrace of ‘historical bank turned into modern art space’ or prison turned into luxurious hotel? Yes, they are all on our list of 'must visit' places when you are on our photography tour ‘rooftops of Istanbul’.
Istanbul is a ‘city of seven hills’ is what is traditionally said. Over centuries the city acquired more than seven hills. Rivers of the past have dried up and created today’s uphill roads.
Mosques, han’s (traditional inn’s where traders used to spend the night), banks, hotels, watch towers have been built on these hills over the centuries. And they provide some of the most beautiful views of the city! 
Put on your walking shoes & come to discover the most beautiful rooftops of Istanbul with us!
For more info: http://www.istanbulite.com/tours/rooftops-of-istanbul

Ready to fly over Istanbul?

200 year old domes of an inn, cosy terrace of a hip boutique hotel, terrace of ‘historical bank turned into modern art space’ or prison turned into luxurious hotel? Yes, they are all on our list of 'must visit' places when you are on our photography tour ‘rooftops of Istanbul’.

Istanbul is a ‘city of seven hills’ is what is traditionally said. Over centuries the city acquired more than seven hills. Rivers of the past have dried up and created today’s uphill roads.

Mosques, han’s (traditional inn’s where traders used to spend the night), banks, hotels, watch towers have been built on these hills over the centuries. And they provide some of the most beautiful views of the city! 

Put on your walking shoes & come to discover the most beautiful rooftops of Istanbul with us!

For more info: http://www.istanbulite.com/tours/rooftops-of-istanbul