SOLAR POWERED CAR & Others
If you have ever watched Solar Powered Car races on Television and wondered what they look like, well, if you visit Rahmi Koc Museum, they have one on display.
Solar car racing is competitive races of electric vehicles which are powered by solar energy obtained from solar panels on the surface of the car (solar cars).
There are long distance races held annually, and they also have "Drag" races!. It is gaining every year in popularity. Visiting...
The Museum is very easy to find, as it is located on the shore of the Golden Horn.
Bus stop outside for buses 47 or 54
Address: Rahmi M Koç Museum
Haskoy Cad. No: 5
Haskoy 34445 - Istanbul
Tel: (0)212 369 66 00-01-02
ADMISSION IN 2009 10t/l
Turkish fathers are incredibly affectionate with their children. If you saw the end of the Turkey - South Korea match at World Cup 2002, you know what I mean. There aren't too many parts of the world where I've seen dads positively dote on thier kids they way Turkish men do. I was thrilled that I could capture the tenderness in this man's face, and in his touch.
ALI SAMI YEN STADIUM
Ali Sami Yen Stadi is the home of the football club Galatasaray SK in Istanbul, Turkey. It is named after the founder of the club, Ali Sami Yen. The stadium has a capacity of 24,990 (all-seater) and is situated in the Mecidiyeköy quarter of the Þiþli district at the center of the city.
Ali Sami Yen Stadium was inaugurated on December 14th, 1964, with a friendly game between Turkey and Bulgaria. Unfortunately, tragedy struck during the opening match: in one of the stands many people fell onto the first floor, which caused numerous injuries, but luckily none of them were fatal. Spotlights were added to the stadium in 1965, and night games began to be played (the lighting system was renovated in 1993). The stadium is made up of 2 identical lateral stands which are covered by a roof: the Numaralý (Numbered) stand, where the TV cameras are located; and the Kapali (Covered) stand, where the most fanatical team supporters usually view the games. The two other stands, behind the goal gates, are the Yeni Açýk (New Open), with 2 tiers, and the Eski Açik (Old Open), with the electronic scoreboard.
In the past, games were played in front of more than 40,000 spectators in this stadium, which is nicknamed "Hell" by Galatasaray's supporters because of its intimidating atmosphere and the enthusiastic support of the fans who often make mass use of torches, smoke, drums, flags and giant posters to create visual grandeur and apply psychological pressure on visiting teams. Ali Sami Yen is important for Galatasaray because it has seen many victories against renowned European football clubs, such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSV Eindhoven, AS Monaco, Leeds United, Deportivo La Coruna, PSG, Rangers and many others. NEW ALI SAMI YEN STADIUM
The new stadium of Galatasaray S.K. will have a seating capacity for more than 52,000 spectators (Construction End Date: August 2009)Galatasaray will build a new stadium in the Seyrantepe quarter near Maslak financial district, the name of which has been changed to Aslantepe (Lion Hill) after Galatasaray purchased the ground; Aslan (Lion) being Galatasaray's symbol. The construction works of the new stadium will begin at the end of 2007. The new stadium will have a capacity of 52,500, making it the largest private stadium owned by a club in Turkey. It will also feature a mobile pitch and a hydraulic dome at the top which can be closed in case of rain or snow. There are also plans for building a shopping mall and residential units as part of the Aslantepe Project
Interior view of the new stadiumThe New Ali Sami Yen Stadium, also known as Aslantepe (Lion Hill) Arena, will be built in Seyrantepe, near Maslak financial district. The stadium's project was introduced to the Turkish press on May 11, 2007. It will have a fully retractable roof and a seating capacity for 52,000 spectators, excluding the seats of the VIP lounges. The stadium will also have its own subway station. Construction works are scheduled to be completed in 23 months.
Scenic Ortakoy, Arnavutkoy and Bebek
Upon the advice of Bey Mehmet, I took a looooong walk from Dolmabahce to Bebek, which was is one of the best ways to enjoy the Bosphorus on the European side of the city. So what is there to see and experience along this rather looooong route, which took half a day (I have to admit to cheating my way to Bebek when I took a cab ride halfway after Ortakoy to Rumeli Hisari)?
Ortakoy - the famous and still functioning Ortakoy Camii, of course, which is one of the most photographed buildings in Istanbul against the massive Bosphorus Bridge (seen here with the rather obnoxious ferry spoiling the scene). This pretty mosque designed with a mix of baroque and neoclassical influences was completed in 1855. Further up past the suburb of Cengelkoy is the Kuleli Military School, an imposing structure on the Bosphorus.
Arnavutkoy - this is a pretty neighborhood with some well-preserved Ottoman houses. The waterfront is equally scenic with yachts and boats moored along the shoreline, and anglers eager for some fresh catch. I had a wonderful time chatting with the locals here and watching families enjoying the pleasant early summer weather.
Bebek - is an affluent neighborhood with beautiful homes lining the shoreline. There are also a number of good restaurants such as Donjon, where where you could enjoy a good meal after the loooong walk. I also had a wonderful time with Bey Mehmet and his lovely lady Rana at what is arguably the most scenic Starbucks in the world.
"Kapali Carsi" The Covered Bazaar
Kapali Çarsi (Grand Bazaar) has been a shopper's Mecca since just after the mid-15th century, when the smallish warehouse was turned into a teeming bazaar by a constant stream of traders, selling everything from carpets to cummin. These days it's the most fantastic, monstrous, labyrinthine and totally manic shopping bazaar you could hope to experience.
Tourist shops selling glittery geegaws line the main streets, but delve into the back streets and you'll still find Istanbullus buying a few metres of cloth, a gold bangle for a daughter's birthday, a beautifully crafted gold-plated 'eye' to ward off evil or an antique carpet.
The confusing labyrinth of streets was originally named after the goods sold there (Mirror-makers St, Pearl Merchants St, Fez Makers St and so on), and although that's not necessarily the case today, it is still possible to buy precious gems, old coins and intricately crafted jewellery in Jewellers St.
The Grand Bazaar is also renowned for offering basement-bargain deals on fur and leather goods, kilim products and a range of handcrafted goodies. Just remember to keep your wits about you. Gold jewellery,Leather Bags,carpet,kilim, handmade bone parfume bottles, Mirrors, leather pillows, many more.... Don't forget to bargain!