Category Archives: Our travels in Turkey

In Istanbul, artists take their ideas to the streets

Story by Hannah Martin // Photos by Valerie Sarnataro ISTANBUL, Turkey – In a small parking lot off a quiet side street by Galata Tower, color radiates from the wall. Arabic calligraphy in silver and yellow swirls up the side of … Continue reading

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As Istanbul’s gay club scene grows, so do concerns over hate crimes

Story by Hanna Trudo // Photos by Erin Strine ISTANBUL, Turkey – Gay and proud is spotlighted every spring in Istanbul with rainbow flags and the thousands who march in a parade as part of the city’s annual Pride Week, … Continue reading

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Profile: A rug craftsman works to preserve Turkey’s ancient masterpieces

Story by Emily Rudisill // Photos by Katie Kriz ISTANBUL, Turkey – In a city where Turkish rugs are sold on almost every corner, Dinar Hali, Kidir Alan’s carpet and kilim restoration shop, is easy to miss. From the outside, … Continue reading

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Nobody in Turkey wants a dog, but everybody feeds them

Story by Lorena F. Aspe // Photos by Lorena F. Aspe and Erin Kelly ISTANBUL, Turkey – Every evening before closing, Hoyat Büfe owner Ceger Aydogan places a pile of chicken kebabs and sausages in an aluminum tray and waits … Continue reading

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Istanbul’s Fatih district aims to combat mindset of trash disposal, recycling

Story and photos by Lauryn Paiva and Emily Rudisill ISTANBUL, TURKEY- Hundreds of school-aged children bounce eagerly in their seats recently in an amphitheater in the shadow of the Blue Mosque in the Fatih district in Istanbul. They sport blue … Continue reading

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Uncovered mosaics at famed Hagia Sophia have art historians anxious to fully restore this national gem

Story and photos by Anthony Savvides ISTANBUL, Turkey – It began in 1993 – a massive effort to stabilize and restore an architectural gem dating back to the 6th century. But today, a year after the Ministry of Culture and Tourism declared … Continue reading

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Though techno still dominates the airwaves in Turkey, hip hop is slowly finding an audience

Story by Alexandra Legend Siegel // Photos by Ryan Tyler Payne ISTANBUL, Turkey – The lights were flashing green and white, the music thumped and the view couldn’t have been better from the rooftop nightclub in the hip Taksim area … Continue reading

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