The Streets Of Istanbul, Beyoğlu and Fatih – Typography Impressions, Part I.

July 28th, 2014 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)

While exploration on foot is exciting in pretty much any city, it’s a particularly colourful and vivid experience in Istanbul. This metropolis which is situated on both sides of the bosporus connecting Asia and Europe counts 39 districts since the year 2009. It’s remarkable, tangible history reaches back to the prosperous times of Constantinople and even further, to the 7th millennium BC where first settlements took place during the neolithic age. Istanbul is often mentioned as a prime example of being a melting pot where various cultural interests and religious groups co-exist in perfect balance. At least it was that way until recently …

See our related posts: Istanbul – From Dusk Till Dawn, Karaköy’s Changing Architecture, Port of Haydarpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey. Part II – Seaport and Railway Terminal, Port of Haydarpaşa, Istanbul. Turkey. Part I – Container Terminal, Turkey

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A Kingdom For A Drop: A Connoisseur’s Choice Of Summer Whites – Typography Impressions.

July 18th, 2014 (Photos: © Oliver Lins)

This weather just calls for a glass of perfectly chilled white wine. Here is a highly recommended connoisseur’s choice: Nigl – Senftenberger Piri (Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal Austria, 2009), Planeta – Cometa (Fiano Sicilia, Indicazione Geografica Tipica, 2010), Stellenrust – Barrel Fermented (Chardonnay, Stellenbosch South Africa, 2010), Polz – Obegg (Morillion, Weingut Erich & Walter Polz, Südsteiermark Austria, 2006), Dr. Heger – Grauburgunder (Ihringer Winklerberg, Spätlese, 2011). Many thanks to Patrick!

See our related post “Riesling Kings – Typography Impressions

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Along the “International Express”, Flushing Local & Express Subway Lines No. 7, Queens New York – Typography Impressions. Part I.

July 1st, 2014 (Photos © Oliver Lins)

Traveling on New York’s No. 7 train from Manhattan into Queens is like traveling the world. The 18 stations that dot the train’s route take riders through neighbourhoods representing 190 nations and ethnic enclaves with an extraordinary international array of culture and food as well as past some important art and entertainment institutions. You will pass Irish neighbourhoods in Sunnyside to Little India in Jackson Heights and the Korean and Chinese sections of Flushing. The train has for a good reason been dubbed the “International Express” and it’s listed as one of 15 sites on the National Millennium Trail of the United States.

See other recent New York posts:

Chinatown, New York – Typography Impressions, United Nations Headquarters – New York, About To Disappear: Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corp., Brooklyn New York, Russ & Daughters, Appetizers – New York, Times Square, New York. Typography Impressions 125th Street, Harlem (Or What’s Left Of It) – Typography Impressions, Midtown Manhattan – Typography Impressions.

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Bad Kleinkirchheim, Carinthia, Austria – Typography Impressions.

June 18th, 2014 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)

Spending time in a typical alpine resort during the summer months lets you experience a very special atmosphere: Vacancy signs all over, empty streets, the soundscapes of renovations and rebuilding activities mix with happy cattle cowbells. Happy because outside and chewing on fresh, green grass only. But not everyone is particularly happy during this time of the year. Hotel and Restaurant owners for instance, chew on their nails while trying to get more visitors and guests (bikers and hikers) to place a booking. A leaden haze can be felt covering such a resort in summer and when walking the town one gets this notion that something had gone terribly wrong here.

Architectural monsters, also called “Betten-Burgen” destroy otherwise charming villages and prove that there is space for loads of skiers during winter while at the same time prove cluelessness, for the time after the snow is gone. The negative effects of mass-tourism are somewhat the same everywhere, reaching from the sand-less beaches on the most remote pacific islands to the ski-lift-saturated mountains of the most remote alpine valleys.

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Pigalle By Day, Paris – Typography Impressions

June 10th, 2014 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)

Pigalle is a quarter in Paris at and around “Place Pigalle”, bordering the 9th and 18th arrondissements. It is named after the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714–1785). Famous for being a tourist district housing sex shops, theaters and adult shows on Place Pigalle and the main boulevards such as the “Boulevard de Clichy”, the neighbourhoods’ seedy reputation which led to its World War II nickname “Pig Alley”, comes at no surprise. Cabarets such as the “Divan du Monde” and the “Moulin Rouge”are located here and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and other artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Maurice Neumont made Pigalle their neighbourhood of choice at one point in their lives.

The designation of being a tourist district might have a bad aftertaste but after all, sex has been the core business of this neighbourhood since many years. It really depends on what you are trying to achieve or find here – a stroll at both day and night time is highly recommended.

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Viennese ‘Kaffeehaus’ & Gastronomy Culture – Typography Impressions

May 30th, 2014 (Photos & Text: © Oliver Lins)

If there is one thing you just have to do while in Vienna, it is a prolonged visit to one of it’s numerous and famous cafés. The “Wiener Kaffeehaus” plays a key role in every citizen’s live because not only does it serve as the place where you enjoy a quick and perfect coffee at any time, have lunch or dinner … it’s much more the viennese way of life. Nobody will ever raise an eye brow if you spend half a day in there (no, not even if you take the whole one) and anything from taking care of business to private matters, studying, dating, breaking up, reading the whole lot of newspapers and magazines offered (or dig through your own pile of books you brought along), to just hanging out forever while observing, is possible.

Just remember to study the menu before ordering “a coffee”… ’cause in Vienna there are about 40 kinds of them! Long before that global Latte Macchiato-Madness started to kick-in, the Viennese have further developed and refined, what was introduced to them by the Turkish during one of the two turks-sieges in the 16th and 17th century.

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