The reason for our visit to Istanbul was so that my husband could swim in the Bosphorus Cross Continental, a 6.5 km swim in the Bosphorus from Asia to Europe. The distance sounds really far until you factor in the current, my husband, who is a good swimmer finished in just 57 minutes, 32 out of 107 in his age group. He said that he lost a few minutes as he didn't start cutting over to shore soon enough and the strong current is tough to swim through. There were 1,500 participants this year from 50 countries although the two predominant nationalities were Turkish and Russian.
We had to pick up his race packet the day before the swim and they took people on the ferry up to where they were swimming from if they wanted to see the course. On the day of the swim, the participants are carried by ferry to the start, spectators stay back at the finish line. It was impossible to get photos of him starting of course and there were so many people watching that what I thought was a good spot to get a shot was quickly filled in. They did have jumbotrons set up with coverage of the race.
It was very well organized and he enjoyed the race a lot. Maybe we'll go again next year!
Equipment: Wetsuits were allowed and he did use it. Obviously you need to bring your own swimsuit and googles and anything else you need to swim.
"Vialand" is the "new kid" in town .... :)
This is the newest attraction district in the city, a giant amusement and theme park, shopping mall, cafes, restaurants and so ....
Good option to visit for kids and also for adults to enjoy the whole day, many adventures, water splashes and many other outdoor activities ...
Enjoy ... :)
There are many "Sailing Cup's" organised in Istanbul on Golden Horn and on Bosphorus ...
As its Spring now and the summer is approaching, here is one of the first "Organisations" as a "Sailing Cup of 2013" ...
Here you can see more photos on my "Travelogue" ... :
Here you can watch my HD "Sailing Cup - 2013" Video ... :
Enjoy ..... :)
"DECATHLON" is really a heaven for the sports lovers ...
Its located on a huge area, which is much more than calling it just as a "shop", in which you can find all kind of sports wear, equipments, bikes, boats, tennis, tents, jogging, camping, hiking, riding, sailing, football and all sorts of sports you can imagine ...
There are even test areas where you can ride your bike before buying or your new skateboard, there are consultans ready to give you the feedback to help you to buy the most suitable gear.
Decathlon has two branches in Istanbul, one is located at "Marmara Forum Mall" at Bakırkoy district and the other one at "Istanbul Forum Mall" at Bayrampasa district. You can reach both of them from city center with the light tram in about 20 mins without traffic hassle ...
Depending on the season, there are also many promos concerning polar coats, running shoes, snorkeling equipment and on many items, you can check on their web site for discounted items...
So, if you are in need of buying any kind of new sports wear, shoes, equipment or so, "Decathlon" is the most best option for you, enjoy ... :)
Equipment: Besides Istanbul, there are also branches located in cities as like Ankara, Izmir, Samsun and so ...
The main reason why I visited Istanbul in early December 2012 was the Europa League match between Fenerbahce Istanbul and my team Borussia Mönchengladbach. It was the last match of the group phase and luckily even before this match both teams were already qualified for the round of 32.
Fenerbahce is one of the three major football clubs in Istanbul; the other two being Galatasaray and Besiktas. The latter two can be found on the European side of the city, whereas Fenerbahce play their home matches in the Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium in Kadiköy on the Asian side of Istanbul. The stadium has a capacity of 50.000 people.
We went to the match by ferry. At the ferry terminal of Kadiköy the Borussia supporters were awaited by a massive police contingent; many of them were armed and had protective shields. The police escorted us through the local shopping street to the stadium.
Here only one very small entrance was opened for the more than 3000 Borussia supporters. So the queue was very long and people started to get impatient. Inside the stadium we couldn’t even get to the area which was listed on our tickets; so organisation was quite chaotic.
The Borussia area consisted of four blocks on two tiers. They were totally fenced off and partly even proteced by a net from above. It all looked like the Fenerbahce supporters don’t seem to be especially famous for their friendliness. There were neither drinks nor was something to eat available in our area, so we concentrated on the match.
Borussia Mönchengladbach won with 3:0 after goals of Cigerci, Hanke and De Jong. After the match we had to wait about 45 Minutes inside our area until the home fans had left the stadium.
We walked back to the ferry terminal of Kadiköy where we reached the last ferry to the European side of Istanbul. We finished the chaotic but successful day with a couple of victory beers in the local bar near our hotel.
Fenerbahce’s Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium is located in Istanbul’s Kadiköy district on the Asian side of the city. From the ferry terminal of Kadiköy it can be reached on foot in eastern direction within 20 minutes.
Istanbul is home of three well known football teams. Two of them are locatet on the european side and the other called "Fenerbahce" is the asian representative. There is a great enmity between these teams.
In my first visit to Istanbul it was difficult to reach the hotel, one night, because there was an international game of Galatasarai. I remember the area, and, this time, I walked there, verifying that it is Besiktas stadium.
Do they share the stadium? was in circumstantial Galatasarai game?
We had no game there, this time, but noticed that it is in a wide and steep park
I was grown up in this part of Istanbul.KASIMPASA.My father is a shop owner in Kasýmpasa
and I worked with him and when I was a student for holidays and saturdays I was coming to
work in our shop which is still in Kasimpasa.
This poor and second class neigbourhood made a Prime minister.We are having the fruits of this.We have a modern and brand new Sport Complex.Even Best football team of Turkey
GALATASRAY do not have it.
We didnt think Kasimpasa can improove like this at the past.
Recep Tayyip Erdoðan Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is used as the home stadium for Kasýmpaþa S.K.. The stadium holds 15,000 people.
Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium is a football stadium in the Kadiköy district of Istanbul, Turkey, and is the home venue of Fenerbahçe S.K.. It was inaugurated in 1908, renovated between 1999 and 2006 and currently increased in capacity. It is the first stadium in Turkey designed according to official football regulations in standards. On October 4, 2006, after numerous inspections by the UEFA, Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium was selected to host the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.
The Fenerbahçe Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium has gone through a complete rebuilding process which involved each stand being demolished and rebuilt in turn. Each stand has been built closer to the pitch, getting the fans closer to the action on the field. This style of stadium has never before existed in Turkey, as the stands are usually separated from the pitch by a running track.
The "Maraton" stand can hold up to 14,500 spectators. This stand includes "Box Offices" which have all been rented out from the club. These Box Offices, equipped with TV’s, Internet, work areas, dining facilities and many other luxuries, are the first of their kind in Turkey. Facing Maraton is the "Fenerium" stand with its 15,000 seats capacity and its equally luxurious "1907" zone. With each remaining stands (namely "Migros" and "Telsim") having a 10,500 capacity, the total capacity of the stadium is 50,509.
Equipment: Before Sükrü Saracoglu Stadyumu was built, the field was known as Papazin Çayiri. In 1908, local teams needed a regular soccer field, so this land was leased from the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II for 30 Ottoman gold pounds a year. The total construction cost was 3,000 Ottoman gold pounds.
The Union Club Field was used by many teams in Istanbul, including the owner, Union Club (which changed its name to Ittihatspor after World War I), Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Beþiktaþ. However, it had lost its importance when a bigger venue, the Taksim Stadium, was built in 1922, inside the courtyard of the historic Taksim Topçu Kislasi (Taksim Artillery Barracks), which was located at the present-day Taksim Gezi Parki (Taksim Park).
In 1929, the club which owned the stadium, Ittihatspor, was shut down by the CHP government, in which Þükrü Saracoðlu was a member. Thus, the ownership of the stadium passed to the state, but the field was immediately leased to Fenerbahçe. Later, in 1933, Fenerbahçe purchased the stadium from the government for 9,000 TL; when Sükrü Saracoðlu was the President of Fenerbahçe.
The name of the field was changed to Fenerbahçe Stadium, and this made Fenerbahçe SK the first football club in Turkey to own its stadium, with the help of the Sükrü Saracoðlu government. In the following years, Fenerbahçe SK renovated the stadium and increased its seating capacity. By the year 1949, Fenerbahçe Stadium was the largest football venue in Turkey, with a seating capacity of 25,000.
Opened last year but really up and running this year.
First snow has fallen but as yet not great amounts so some runs still shut.
Map to download of the ski runs on the web page.
Spa facilities also available.
Area great for hiking at other times of the year.
Lookýng for a bike shop? don' go to the centre before trying Bakirkoy and the Metin bike shop
Equipment: These guys are experts in their fields and incredibly friendly and helpful and speak a few words of english - its enough!!
They sell new and second-hand bikes, they have parts and accessories all quality stuff, some bike clothing and very fast service!!!
Every year, in Autumn Euroasian Marathon is organized in Istanbul. This is the only marathon in the world that you run from one continent to another in a few hours. There are three different runs of that marathon:
1) The marathon of 42.2 km: It is for professionals and the pri,ce is 30.000 USD for the first comer
2) The marathon of 15 km: The prize is 1500 USD
The total amount of the prizes is 100.000 USD
Besides those two different runs, there is also the Popular Marathon of 8 km. and the prize is a medal and a t-shirt to everybody who finish the marathon. And every year about 100.000 people attends to that marathon as the joy to pass over the bridge which connects the two continents is a wonderful feeling.
Equipment: Just jogging shoes and sports wear.
If your in Istanbul on a weekend then you might have noticed that bars get pretty full with football supporters who are quite vociferous.Top at the moment are Fenerbache,whom i live quite close to so lots of theirs supporters around me locally.Below is their web site in Turk and English.Lets hope they win the Championship in their 100th year.Site has where you can get match tickets as well as the other sports that the club does.
Ground,Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.
Capacity currently 52500 but increasing i think.
Nickname,Sari Kanaryalar,yellow canaries.
Home to the Turkish league team of Besiktas JK, formed in August 1911.
A 32.145 all-seater stadium opened on May 19, 1947, although the capacity then was only 16,000.
Whilst it was always home to Besiktas JK, it was also used by Galatasaray SK and Fenerbahce SK for a few years, whilst the construction of the Ali Sami Yen Stadium, the home of Galatasaray football club and the Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium, the home of Fenerbahçe SK were completed.
Home of Fenerbahçe SK. A 50,000 all-seater stadium, which has been completely rebuilt since my visit, in October 1996. It was then still just known as the "Fenerbahce Stadium", with a smaller 25,000 capacity.
The old stadium was pretty open, especially where I was in the away fans section. The home fans had the tradition of, just before kick off, turning the floodlights off and then holding up burning newspapers. It all adds to the atmosphere.
Another nice trick was for the loudspeaker system to be kept on, with the home team being urged on throughout most of the match.
Equipment: It was a good idea to bring your own hard hat, as the locals pelted us with everything they had in their pockets everytime we scored a goal.
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