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The Fishermen of Istanbul’s Galata Bridge

Built in 1994, Galata Bridge in Bazaar District of Istanbul spans The Golden Horn and links two districts, Eminönü and Beyoğlu. Its name is owed simply to the fact that it’s the fifth in...

A Guide to Istanbul’s Museums

Deemed the European Union’s Capital of Culture in 2010, Istanbul is marked by religious, historical, and economic importance and intrigue at every turn. The Turkish metropolis — one of the few transcontinental cities in...
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Exploring My Immigrant Identity While Visiting Communism Memorials

“Privit!” thundered the immigration official at Borispil International Airport. After an uncomfortably long silence, she slowly slid my stamped passport under the thick plexiglass window without breaking eye contact. I breathed a sigh of...
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Photo Essay: Cappadocia by Jessica Fradono (@thedishtance)

Jessica Fradono has made a name for herself as a photographer for some of the world’s swankiest places. After working in a corporate job for many years, she decided to follow her passion of...
A beach in Bali at sunset, as captured by Denise Bartels.

Instagram Spotlight: Denise Bartels (@whereistheflow)

We feature some of the brightest Instagram storytellers in the Passion Passport community through our Instagram Spotlight series. This week, German photographer Denise Bartels (@whereistheflow) tells us about the people she’s met and the...
Pide and pastries on display for sale in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.

A Guide to Finding the Best Flatbread in Istanbul

Anthony Bourdain was an inspiration to me, as I am sure he was to many other travelers. One seemingly miniscule (but profound enough that I’m writing an article about it) detail of his trip...
A bird flies over a mosque at dusk in Istanbul.

From a Coup to a Collapse: Two Years On

On July 15, 2016, a faction within the Turkish military attempted a coup d’etat against state institutions, which involved violence across the country and an attempt on the President’s life. They justified their actions...

What You Should Know Before Visiting Istanbul

From the city’s ancient archaeological origins to the legacy of the Ottoman empire, Istanbul is a place of culture, diversity, and rich history. A visit to the Turkish city will yield incredible views, stunning...

A Guide to Istanbul’s Neighborhoods

Straddling the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is a city so sprawling that it literally spans continents. With so much to see, you might feel a bit overwhelmed when deciding what to add to your itinerary....

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