20 names from 20 different places

Başka Şehirler (Other Cities) offers colorful impressions of 20 names from 20 different places. Twenty stories explore the connections between past and today. Real events and people blends with culture, politics and history. The author follows the traces of historical figures and invites you to the journeys between reality and dream.

The book is a collection of stories that explores how a person’s physical path affects the city.  Some places are as closely associated with a person as to be inseparable. Say “Rembrandt” and you immediately think of Amsterdam. How a city would has changed if Hemingway never lived in Pamplona?


A Journey On The Edge Of Dream And Reality

Başka Şehirler inspires readers to follow in their favorite characters footsteps by visiting the real-life locations including Charles Bukowski’s Los Angeles, Marlene Dietrich’s Berlin, Oppenheimer’s Los Alamos, Hemingway’s Pamplona, streets of Prague, Los Angeles, Bern and others.

Author Remzi Gokdag explains the importance of each place, the connection to people lived there, cultural significance, historical information, and little-known facts about the location. He also offers you to take twenty exceptional trips to the past, transporting you back to the greatest spectacles in history.

Instead of talking solely of Zurich’s train station, the author describes the location in a unique context that reveals Lenin’s journey to that changed the world. In a walking tour through Berlin, the author tells interesting tale about Marlene Dietrich’s life. From the “dangerous, dirty and seductive” streets of Palermo to the streets of San Francisco, Başka Şehirler takes a fresh approach to travel.

Forget museums, forget history books, the only way to do history is to live it

The stories give a different perspective on the location as well as the person who had lived there. While offering an alternative to travel through written accounts of cities abroad, Başka Şehirler definitely inspires readers to explore these places. You will discover a variety of different cities and their histories through the writers, artists, photographers and so many others.

The author will be your guide to these and other unmissable events. Whether you are a fan of traveling, literature or history, Başka Şehirler will satisfy your wanderlust and your thirst for knowledge with descriptions and biographical information about great personalities. You, the reader, as the potential traveler will get a brief insight into what it was like to live in these particular times.

Apart from the touristic routes known to everyone, the book tells the real history of life, the historical connections of places with people, and the moments that change the fate of the cities. The short, curious and exciting impressions will make you think twice when you travel to these places.

Filled with engaging and colorful details, Başka Şehirler helps you travel through time to witness some of the most extraordinary and colorful events in world history. From the fascinating slopes of the European Alps to the vast deserts of Arizona, from the crowded sidewalks of Paris to the narrow streets of Palermo, twenty stories in the book tell also brief history of twenty cities. Some sad, some cheerful stories blend with cultures, politics and passion for travel.

The book is the ultimate guide to exploring history that unlocks the wonders of the past. Başka Şehirler gives you unprecedented access to a wide range of milestones, the historical connections of places with people, and the moments that change the fate of the cities. The short, curious and exciting impressions will make you think twice when you travel to these places.


Cenova (Marco Polo)
Amsterdam ( Rembrandt)
Los Angeles ( Charles Bukowski)
Berlin (Marlene Dietrich)
Pamplona (Ernest Hemingway)
Paris ( Robert Doisneau)
Prag ( Milan Kundera)
Zürih ( Lenin)
San Francisco (Jack Kerouac)
Palermo (Lampedusa)
Luzern (Mark Twain)
Taos (Kit Carson)
Los Alamos ( Oppenheimer)
Porto ( J.K. Rowling)
Monterey (Jimi Hendrix)
Bilbao (Frank Gehry)
Bern ( Albert Einstein)
Death Valley (Walter Scott)
Mainfeld (Johanna Spyri)
Arizona (Geronimo)


Imagination is the first rule of discovery, and then comes the curiosity. I knew that I needed to get along with these two on my trips, so I opted out of tourist routes and got lost. I often traveled without knowing where I was going. I always believe in mysterious coincidences, tried to fade in the magical air of the journeys and shared their secrets.

Although our resources are limited, our dreams are endless. We can create our own mysterious cities. We can decorate the spaces that seem ordinary with the stories of those who lived there. When we achieve this, we can hear the whispers of the shadows. At every step we take, we can come across forgotten traces of the past.”

Remzi Gokdag