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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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The Majorelle Gardens in the imperial city of Marrakech is one of the most enjoyable tours that can be done in the red city. Especially if you have already been immersed in its chaos for some days, wandering every nooks and crannies and the labyrinthine alleys of the Medina, visiting souks or immersed into the crowds. It is ideal for slow down the pace, find calm and recharge our energy. The gardens are located in one of the most...

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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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Walking along the Divanyolu Cadessi street in the old town of Istanbul, towards the Great Bazaar we will observe that there are several enclosures attached to mosques or ancient buildings that are Ottoman cemeteries with its curious tombstones engraved and crowned by different types of turbans and hats all surrounded by the vegetation. It can look like slightly macabre saying it like that but the certain thing is that in Istanbul,...

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Today I have proposed to try to describe in few lines an emblematic place of the charismatic Bairro Alto of Lisbon: the Pavilhao Chines. Certainly his name evokes to the East, exoticism and especially, mystery. All that is true, the complicated thing comes now, when I have to put in words the atmosphere and the decoration of this space without equally. The mysterious local environment begins in the same entry of the place since a red...

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