Even journalists living in this year's host city of Istanbul are a bit perplexed about the event we've dubbed 'waterpalooza.' But what everyone seems to agree on is that water is more important than ever.
Each summer, thousands of visitors throng Turkey's popular Mediterranean resorts. But some local groups are now trying to attract a different type of tourist -- one who'd rather cycle historic mountain paths than sip cocktails under a beach umbrella.
Amid the over-upholstered and garishly gilded furniture at the Istanbul Decoration and Design Fair hid some ingenious gems -- designers working with recycled and alternative materials and creating multi-purpose furniture for small spaces.
Turkey's "Prince of Pop" has been breaking hearts and turning out hits for well over a decade, and last fall he capitalized on his stardom by releasing a single to benefit a campaign to stop construction of the Ilısu Dam.
Why didn't anyone think of this before? Instead throwing out crumbs or carefully collecting them for the birds, this self-cleaning bread board delivers them directly to the bird. I mean, it has to be the greatest thing since, well, sliced
As I sip on an 'immunity-boosting' smoothie and nibble at flaxseed tacos, the conversations going on around me are all in Turkish, but the food seems decidedly Californian. In some ways, that's been a hard combination for Istanbul to swallow.
Rather than standing in the way of progress, as those wanting to 'clean them up' often claim, so-called slums could be a model for the future -- at least according to controversial comments made by Prince Charles last week.