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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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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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Mandalay, located 715 km in northernYangon is Burma’s second largest city with a population of over 1 million inhabitants. Although its name evokes in us the idea of ancient kingdoms, the city only dates from 1857 when the penultimate Burmese king Mindon moved the capital here and also where the English at the same time sent into exile the last of the Burmese kings, Thibau in 1885, beginning the stage of British colonialism that...

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I’ve mentioned in previous posts, talking about Burma and Buddhism is almost inevitable as Buddhism is an integral part of Burmese culture. The Burmese have been and still are a very religious people and it is almost impossible to separate Buddhism from other aspects of their life. Since centuries ago, specifically in 1057 its main promoter, King Anawratha adopted Buddhism and became the official religion of the state, started a...

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His huge golden dome was visible from the distance, and once there we discovered that it was not only a stupa over, but a large complex which access through a covered passage that was quite lively, with craft stalls and religious articles. Shwezigon is another of the important temples in Bagan, very different from those already mentioned of Manuha or Ananda Paya. It is located between the town of Wetkyi-in and Nyaung U and is the main...

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