Is Istanbul safe for tourists? Should we refrain from travelling?

Is Istanbul Safe

On the evening of June 28th, Istanbul’s main airport (Atatürk International Airport) was hit by a suicide bombing attack which resulted in – official numbers – 41 dead and 239 injuries. This has been a real tragedy for our country. As Istanbul Tour Studio, we would like to extend our deepest condolences for the victims and their families. In the past few months, the world has witnessed such terror attacks more than ever and we stand together with our friends in Paris, Ivory Coast, Brussels, Beirut and Orlando. As terror globally targets our livelihood and every day life, we all ask similar questions: where is safe nowadays? Should we refrain from travelling?

Throwback Turkish Songs #5 | Erkin Koray & Yeraltı Dörtlüsü – Sana Bir Şeyler Olmuş (1969)

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“Sana Bir Şeyler Olmuş” (Something Has Happened to You) is the cover of Chris Kenner’s “Land of a Thousand Dances” released in 1963 and it is the first live performance of Erkin Koray, broadcasted live at the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) national public broadcaster of Turkey founded in 1960s. Enjoy Erkin Koray’s one of the earliest songs “Sana Bir Şeyler Olmuş” released in 1969.

Throwback Turkish Songs #4 | Mavi Işıklar – Aşk Çiçeği (Shocking Blue – Send Me a Postcard)

Last week we brought up a Turkish cover of a Beatles song. Covers and Turkish versions of well-known English songs were very popular in the late 60s and throughout the 70s. Mavi Işıklar (Blue Lights) was one of the leaders of this genre and they covered the songs of Beatles, The Cedars, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and many others.

Throwback Turkish Songs #3 | Zümrüt – Ne Zormuş Unutmak (Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night) | 1971

Zümrüt – Ne Zormuş Unutmak (Cover: Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night) | 1971

Zümrüt was popular in Turkey in late 60s and throughout the 70s mainly due to her covers from famous English songs. Her famous work “Ne Zormuş Unutmak” (How Hard It was to Forget) is a cover from Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” that was released in 1964. Enjoy it!

Zümrüt, 60lı yılların sonunda ve 70ler boyunca Türkçe’ye aranjmanladığı şarkılar sebebiyle oldukça popülerleşmişti. Beatles’ın 1964 senesinde yayınladığı “A Hard Day’s Night” (Zor Bir Günün Gecesi) parçasının aranjmanı olan “Ne Zormuş Unutmak” Zümrüt’ün en önemli parçalarından birisidir. İyi dinlemeler!

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Alican Kutlay
Archaeologist and art historian based in Istanbul. Istanbul and Turkish Psychedelic Music geek. #ListenToTurkishPsychedelic

Famous Writers Who Visited Istanbul

There are lots of foreign writers who visited Istanbul and left there mark. Here, we will list here six of our favourites to give you an idea of the Istanbul influence.

Istanbul has always been an outstanding travel destination. But beside adventurous voyagers who want to see Istanbul’s charm, there have also been lots of creative people who hoped Istanbul would inspire their artistic minds. Writers who took notes during their visits or those who created artworks influenced by their visits allow us to see Istanbul’s power on the imagination. Istanbul has its own legacy of Turkish writers, but there are lots of foreign writers who visited Istanbul and left there mark. Here, we will list here six of our favourites to give you an idea of the Istanbul influence.