Gordion alliance

An historic venue adorns modem Eskisehir`s backyard. We are talking about the quarter of Odunpazan with its narrow winding streets and gaily painted, wood-frame row houses. Regarded as choice examples of traditional Turkish architecture, these houses were reclaimed for tourism in the Odunpazari Houses Preservation Project launched in 2005 by the local municipality. Like those at Beypazari, Safranbolu and Sirince in other parts of Turkey, the historic houses at Odunpazan are involved now in the branding process. And if you venture outside these three city centers into the valleys and steppes, you will encounter splendid Phrygian monuments at almost every kilometer. Dating back to the 12th century B.C., this civilization exhibited a mastery ahead of its time in architecture, carving, pottery and metal working.

And Midas, who signed the first political alliance at Gordion, was the Phrygians` most famous king. This culture, which inhabited dwellings cut into the rocks, left b

Zonaro Istanbul

THE CONQUEST OF ISTANBUL THROUGH THE EYES OF ZONARO

IF SULTAN ABDULHAMID HADN’T GIVEN THE ORDER, OUR ONLY PICTURE OF MEHMET THE CONQUEROR WOULD BE GENTILE BELLINI’S PORTRAIT. Chief Palace Painter Fauso Zonaro worked for months at the behest of Abdulhamid to depict Mehmed IIs conquest of Istanbul from the lowering of the galleons into the Golden Horn to the commander`s victorious entry into the Byzantine capital.

The 34th of the Ottoman sultans and as a caliph of Islam, Abdulhamid succeeded in keeping the Ottoman Empire on its feet for 33 years from 1876 to 1908.

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Big mommas

BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

Cast: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas, Michelle Ang, Portia Doubleday

Director: John Whitesell

Turner is joined by Trent, as they go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Big Momma and as hefty coed Charmaine, they must find the murderer before he finds them.

SCOOBYDOO: THE CURSE OF LAKE MONSTER

Cast: Robbie Amell, Hayley Kiyoko, Kate Melton, Nick Palatas, Frank Welker, Ted McGinley

Director: Brian Levant

Off to a resort with summer jobs, the gang stumbles onto a mystery when the Frog Monster of Lake Erie makes an unexpected appearance, scaring away all the guests.

THE RITE

Cast: Colin O`Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciaran Hinds, Alice Braga, Toby Jones

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Michael Kovak, reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he`s in Rome, he meets an unorthodox p

Jenene Castle

EMERGENT GAMING TRENDS INCREASINGLY CONNECT VIRTUAL IN-GAME SPACE WITH “ORDINARY” OR GEOPHYSICAL LIFE SPACE.

The inclusion of real world interaction within game play is imminent. For example, the developers of World of Warcraft (WoW) are currently investigating ways to synchronize WoW`s auction house with real world currency.

Game worlds seem to be more inclined to partner with components in life space as opposed to the reverse. That being said, the unfortunate reality of gamification has started to take shape in both realms.

There is, however, an altern

Filibe Koftecisi

If, whilst shopping, you couldn’t stop thinking about having some delicious meatballs, then look no further; head straight to Filibe. You’ll find delicacies like grilled chicken and meat varieties, baked rice pudding and cheese pudding as well as famous Plovdiv meatballs at this restaurant open between 7am and 5pm. A meatball sandwich is 5 TL and a portion is 8 TL. They stress that they don’t accept credit cards.

Tel: 0212 522 9721

It has been serving customers on Uzungarsi Avenue since 1960. The scent of meatballs will seduce even the fullest of people. The restaurant whose portfolio includes regulars including celebrities and journalists, offers a portion of meatballs for 6.50 TL, while its semolina halva will leave you begging for more. Consider yourself lucky if you find any at lunch though, as the dessert is served from 7am along with soup.

Tel: 0212 52013 25

Lezzet-i Sark

One meeting point for kebab lovers is Lezzet-i sark