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The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, more than five centuries of history

Trade had an important place in the Ottoman economy and shortly after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, Sultan Mehmet II built in the heart of the city covered two markets – The Bedestens – which will be the precursors of the Grand Bazaar today.
The first called Cevahir Bedesten, or Bedesten of Jewelry Makers, with an area of ​​14,380 sq. Ft., and it is accessible by four huge doors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dalyan, its history, its fauna and flora

When you decide to visit the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, Kaunos if there’s one place not to miss, it’s Dalyan, at the door of Lycia.
Dalyan’s story goes back to the tenth century BC and with a stroll through the ancient site of Kaunos (presented in a previous post) will suffice to discover its richness.
On the opposite bank to the houses, beautiful Lycian tombs carved into the rocks sheltered the last homes of the ancient kings of Lycia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kaunos, an ancient site to discover

In the Mediterranean Turkey, near the pretty town of Dalyan is the magnificent ancient site of Kaunos, a significant city in the past and is easily accessible on foot or by motor-boat.
Its existence dates back to the IX century BC but it was in 540 BC that this city is at the heart of the history of the region as part of an expedition led by the cleric Harpagos against Caria and Lycia, two important neighboring territories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hot Air Balloons, Cappadocia

Hot Air Balloons Cappadocia Turkey

Photograph by Kani Polat, My Shot

This photo was selected as best of September 2011 by National Geographic.

The success of a photograph almost always comes from planning, and luck definitely favors the prepared. In this shot of hot air balloons over ancient rock formations in Turkey, the photographer no doubt planned ahead to make sure he was in the right place at the right time. First, the cone-shaped rock formations complement the similarly shaped balloons. I especially love that one larger formation is included on the left. Not only is it a bold shape to have close to the camera, but it also has a curious, cave-like element and speaks to the geological history of the setting, giving the image that all-important sense of place. Second, the early-morning light raking in from the right is perfectly lovely, as are the soft clouds, which were a lucky element. Finally, the balloons are beautifully placed across the sky, but the red balloon in the upper left of the frame is the final, key element to the success of the image.— Catherine Karnow

Photo Tip: Planning ahead is essential to getting successful photographs: Be in the right place at the right time, and be ready for a lucky moment.
via National Geographic
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I am listening to Istanbul, my eyes closed;

Galata Tower from Bosphorus

I am listening to Istanbul, my eyes closed;

First a soft breeze blows;

Slowly they stir

The leaves in the trees: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

Bosphorus Bridge

Two bridges cross the mythical Strait of Bosphorus and connects Europe to Asia. Construction of the oldest, which bears simply the name of the Bosphorus Bridge, started in 1970 and his inauguration on 30 October 1973.

Starting from Ortakoy on the European side and arriving at Beylerbeyi on the Asian side, it measures 1071 meters long 39 meters wide and 105 meters high. No boats over 64 meters high can go under. Read the rest of this entry »

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The mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent in Istanbul, a masterpiece by Sinan

Completed in 1557 by most famous Ottoman architect Sinan on top of one of the seven hills of Istanbul,Suleymaniye Mosque the Suleymaniye Mosque overlooks the Golden Horn with its four minarets ornamented with all ten balconies which are visible from far away.

With the request of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Sinan created in seven years one of the masterpieces of the city that he only considers in his book as a work of a journeyman. Read the rest of this entry »

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QVC’s Lisa Robertson’s Top 10 Packing Tips

QVC Host Lisa Robertson

QVC's Lisa Robertson

 

There are two kinds of travelers in the world: over-packers, those who try to stuff their entire closet into the overhead compartment on the plane, and under-packers, those who head directly to the store once they get to their destination because they don’t have what they need. Not only am I a former over-packer, but I was a random over-packer, so I had a suitcase full of nonsense. Nothing ever went together so I was constantly asking myself, “Why did I pack that?”

I’m proud to say I’ve come a long way in the packing department. But it’s an acquired skill and one worth spending some time on as summer approaches.

Here, 10 questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to decide what to put in your suitcase.

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The Simit, to fill a hunger or tempt your appetite

In Istanbul, and also throughout Turkey, on or near street corner , street vendors sell a curious bun, the simit.

Composed of flour, water, salt and yeast, the snack covered with sesame seeds  is enjoyed by natives nibbling or having as with a nice hot tea. Read the rest of this entry »

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Istanbul Sehzade Mosque, a work of Sinan

Compare to the famous Blue Mosque and Süleymaniye,Sehzade  Mosque is not well known by the tourists, ottoman mosqueeven thogh it bears the signature of Sinan, the most famous Ottoman architect, and is near the Aqueduct of Valens.

Built at the request of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, is dedicated to the memory of his eldest son Mehmet, died of smallpox at the age of 21 in 1543. Read the rest of this entry »

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