Istanbul Tulip Festival and the History of Tulips in Turkey

Istanbul Tulip Festival and the History of Tulips in Turkey

April in Turkey sees the start of spring, and nothing says life is for living better than displays of colourful flowers. The Istanbul Tulip Festival delivers this and more, with tulips growing in a former private garden belonging to the Ottoman Sultans or cascading down the banks of the Bosphorus in a public park in…

Dukkan Kadikoy Council Waste Free Shop
|

Dukkan Kadikoy Council Waste Free Shop

In an effort to improve my Turkish and learn what’s going on in my neighbourhood, I regularly check out the Kadikoy Council website. That’s how I discovered their initiative, Dukkan Kadikoy Council Waste Free Shop. It sells products and foods that are long-lasting, ecologically sustainable, produced from indigenous seeds, non-poisonous and seasonal, sourced from local…

|

Coronavirus Turkey: What community looks like in Turkish daily life

I’m an Australian living in Istanbul and like many people here in Coronavirus Turkey, I haven’t been out other than to buy food since March 14. Every day I read the contradictory medical reports about the Coronavirus on the news, see the rise in infections and deaths and like everyone, wonder when this will end….