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Turkey Wrap (Up)

As I was sorting through my photos over the weekend, I realized that I have some memories and photos from our trip to Turkey in March that are definitely worth a mention before calling it a wrap. Sumptuous breakfast buffet at the Kempinski Ciragan Palace Hotel, which is included in the price of the room. Quail egg omelets – how decadent! And speaking of the …

Bright Shiny Things

While in Istanbul, I became fascinated with the Bohemian crystal chandeliers that seem to adorn many palaces, hotels, restaurants, and homes.  In the restaurant Pandeli, above the spice market, I spotted the first of many to be seen along my trip. Notice the etched tulip-shaped glass globes.  The tulip flower originated centuries ago in Persia and Turkey, and played a significant role in the art …

Iznik Tiles

Iznik tiles and pottery get their name from the town in western Anatolia where they were made in the late 15th century through the late 17th century.  They are beautifully decorated with floral and arabesque patterns in rich colors of blues, greens and reds. After our tour of the Spice Bazaar, we walked a short distance to the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which is known as …

The Spice of Life

It should comes as no surprise that I do not agree with Kate Moss when she exclaims, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”.  One cannot truly experience a culture without gaining an understanding of the cuisine and its history, in my very humble opinion.  So one morning in Istanbul, I signed up for an off-site on the cuisine and spices of Turkey.  This included breakfast at Pandeli, a historic restaurant …

Istanbul Luxury Shopping Part 2

Known today as one of the most recognized brand names for luxury clothing, Vakko was founded in 1934 as a small hat shop called Sen Sapka (Merry Hats). The name changed to Vakko shortly thereafter and the company started producing scarves using Turkish silk, cotton and wool.  A small silk screening workshop was founded in the Kurtulus district of Istanbul, which Vakko still uses today.  In addition …

Istanbul Luxury Shopping Part 1

When in Istanbul, a tour of the local fashion houses is a must for exploring Turkey’s cultural heritage.  Two of my favorite are Armaggan and Vakko.  Armaggan has two locations, one in the high-end shopping district of Nisantasi, and a second on Nuruosmaniye Avenue, near the Grand Bazaar.  The multi-level store sells items as varied as Turkish crafts, towels and linens, leather goods, high-end jewelry, …

A Little Perk

This will be my first post after having returned from a week in Istanbul, Turkey.  As I start to organize my notes, I will start with a short post on Turkish coffee.  We were in Istanbul primarily for a conference, and it was through one of the many off-sites organized by the conference that we were treated to an introduction on Turkish coffee and the …