Asia


I was not unaware that Nanjing was one of China’s four imperial cities and one of its oldest capitals. What surprised me a little was knowing that this was the city of the legendary and well-known Ming Dynasty, among ten other important Chinese dynasties. I think that everyone, even if we are not very knowledgeable about the history of China, have sometime heard the name of this lineage of emperors, if only because of the...

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A cold sweat wraps him and the blood and his heartbeats hit strongly on his temples. Is it vertigo that strong nausea that grips his stomach or merely terror? From the top terrace of the Galata tower, in Istanbul, which crowns the defensive stronghold of the Genoese everything is seen otherwise. The populous city lies at his feet, but in the solitude of the heights, only surround him the clouds and birds. He has spent years studying...

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If anyone doubts that Istanbul is a city in which having the sense of adventure and exploration is still posible, simply enter the maze of streets and lanes that extend and branch out as a large open market communicating the Grand Bazaar with Tahtakale market. The whole city is plenty of curious places and full of history that will be at your fingertips if you dare to leave the beaten track, crossing the passage leading away from the...

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Nepal is an interesting blend of religions, territories and peoples, which comprises more than 30 different ethnic groups. Half Indian, half Tibetan, Hindu and Buddhist, both major religions coexist harmoniously and it is difficult to determine where one begins and the other ends because both share deities and rituals. And not to forget that Buddha (Siddartha Gautama) was born here in the Kathmandu Valley, specifically in Lumbini in...

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Istanbul never cease to amaze me. In a city of nearly fifteen million inhabitants it’ll almost always be surrounded by the crowd, the noise, the activity, however, and often as I could see, you can feel like you’re alone in the world. In the popular Tahtakale market the feeling is more or less being a canned sardine, in fact if you are unsure where to go it is best to step aside or get into a store or you might ben...

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Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) was an influent and unique character that left his mark on ottoman culture, science and art. Very multifaceted person, although his academic training was in the field of law, never lost sight of his interest in art in general and particularly in painting and archeology. Thanks to the pioneering work of Osman Hamdi Bey in the field of cultural institutions Turkey was endowed with a large Archaeological...

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According to the eco-religion founded in the fifteenth century by a farmer in the region of the Thar desert in Rajasthan, known as Guru Jambheshwar, “to lose one’s head is better than losing a tree” The guru Jambheswar was born over 560 years ago in the same year in which the seaman and explorer Christopher Columbus was born. Unlike Columbus, who after numerous circumstances stumbling over an unknown land that would...

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I already talked in a previous post about the  Sahaflar Çarsisi or antique books Istanbul market but I feel like digging a little deeper into this curious spot in town because a few days ago I went back to visit it. Nestled around a small courtyard which is accessed either from the Beyazit Square or from one of the main streets outside the Grand Bazaar beside the Sedefçiler gate it is undoubtedly the place where book lovers can enjoy...

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