I know, you guys have seen so much beautiful art and stuff but this work literally put my breath away. I can't get around to admire the talent of this gentleman. The turkish artist Hasan Kale paints on everything he finds. The paintings maintain different views of Istanbul. The city he loves, the city I love, the city anyone should love.
Here are some of my top picks for adventures in Turkey. With all the time I have spent in Turkey, these are some of my favorite things to do. Don't miss these world class destinations! (They are more affordable than you think!)
1. Hot air balloon ride in Kapadokya above the ferry chimneys & stay in a cave.
Kapadokya is a world premier destination for hot air ballooning, and with its incredible landscape, hot air ballooning here is breathtaking.
Today, we are visiting a very special 4 floor home office of interior design and decoration master of Hakan Ezer in Istanbul. This house is a real showcase of a designer who has a unique taste of antiques and objects which he sources and collects from all over the world. While rich Turkish history & culture taking a strong place on his interior style, he elegantly mixes all the beautiful objects and elements from different parts of the world.
You might have seen this fantastic series selling out quick in your local record store. If, like me, you weren't quite quick or canny enough to grab one of the limited vinyl copies in person, fear not, a CD has been issued and can be got online at the ever-reliable giant sell-everything stores (not plugging any particular one here!). The picture here is of a record sleeve because, honestly, I love the vinyl and always want it, but the CD features a photo of a van on the front.
I will be playing a concert of improvised music with Natalia Mann (harp), İzzet Kızıl (percussion) and Alper Yılmaz (electric bass) at Alt, one of Istanbul's new jazz clubs. The first half of the concert will feature Pasif.ist, Natalia and Izzet's duo. Alper and I will join them for a set of free improvisation in the second half. The concert is on March 12 and will start at 9.30pm.
For the last few days, the Belarusian representative Alyona Lanskaya has spent time in Istanbul filming her music video for 'Solayoh'. A sunny beach in Istanbul was the shooting location and the video is directed by Senol Korkmaz, a Turkish director and producer.
Alyona got help from the 2009 Norwegian Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak who travelled to Istanbul before flying to Lithuania for a short tour.