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Month: October 2017

Gordion alliance

An historic venue adorns modem Eskisehir’s yard. We’re speaking in regards to the quarter of Odunpazan with its slim winding streets and gaily painted, wood-frame row homes. Thought to be selection examples of conventional Turkish structure, these homes had been reclaimed for tourism within the Odunpazari Homes Preservation Undertaking launched in 2005 by the native municipality. Like these at Beypazari, Safranbolu and Sirince in different elements of Turkey, the historic homes at Odunpazan are concerned now within the branding course of. And should you enterprise exterior these three metropolis facilities into the valleys and steppes, you’ll encounter splendid Phrygian monuments at nearly each kilometer. Relationship again to the 12th century B.C., this civilization exhibited a mastery forward of its time in structure, carving, pottery and metallic working.

And Midas, who signed the primary political alliance at Gordion, was the Phrygians’ most well-known king. This tradition, which inhabited dwellings lower into the rocks, left behind extraordinary and refined monuments within the valleys of Yazilikaya, Yapikdak, Kumbet, Asmainler, Zahran, Porsuk, Ayazini and Goynus. To see all this and extra, it is advisable take a tour to the Phrygian Valley. If the traveler inside you is eager on an thrilling journey of discovery, now’s the time.

The most effective issues about Anatolia is the juxtaposition of conventional values with on a regular basis life in full concord. After ending their routine chores, homemakers go to one another’s homes to go to. Served with the normal tea or ayran (buttermilk), savory pastries reminiscent of ‘agziagik’ and lentil- stuffed ‘bukme’ are carried amidst peals of glee by the youngsters of the home to the native bakery, the place they’re baked within the oven.

Colourful candies, Turkish Delight, sweets and walnut ‘sucuk’… Sweet shops stay half and parcel of life within the cities of the Phrygian Valley. And the opium poppies utilized in some candies instantly pop to thoughts on the point out of a kind of cities, Afyonkarahisar. Utilized in a spread of merchandise from breads and pastries to prescribed drugs, the opium poppy continues to be produced below state supervision.

One of many sages who contributed to the cultural ferment of those lands, Yunus Emre springs to thoughts on the point out of Eskisehir. And Worldwide Yunus Emre Tradition Week is held yearly within the metropolis.

Phrygian Valley

Artwork and custom make their presence felt within the cities alongside the border of the Phrygian Valley. The tiles made by the late Sitki Olgar, one of many world’s main tile producers, present clues to Anatolia’s previous. And ranging from the 13th century, the grandsons of Mevlana Jalalladdin Rumi in Afyonkarahisar and Kutahya ensured the propagation of a brand new philosophy that might enlighten mankind.

Occupying a particular place among the many handicrafts of Kutahya and Turkey on the whole, the artwork of the tile has achieved a world popularity. Chicken, fish, flower, plant and human motifs are usually used on the tiles, that are primarily in shades of darkish and light-weight blue, white and Bordeaux. (Funili Cami (the Tiled Mosque) on the metropolis middle and the outlets that line the principle road are proof of the significance given to tile making on this area.

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Zonaro Istanbul


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 labored for months on the behest of Abdulhamid to depict Mehmed IIs conquest of Istanbul from the reducing 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 protecting the Ottoman Empire on its ft for 33 years from 1876 to 1908.

He could be revered and appreciated not just for the profitable reconstruction tasks on which he embarked upon his accession to the throne, but in addition for the cultural actions that he patronized. The massive visible archive referred to as ‘The Yildiz Pictures of the Reign of Sultan Abdulhamid is likely one of the world’s oldest recognized and most essential collections. Abdulhamid, who took a eager curiosity within the artwork of portray, appointed Che Italian Orientalist painter Fausto Zonaro his ‘Palace Painter’.


Born in 1854 to an especially poor household in a small village in Italy’s Veneto area, Zonaro nonetheless had a really colourful and thrilling life. His artwork reached its zenith in Istanbul, the place he got here first as a traveler, when he was appointed the Ottoman Palace Painter by Sultan Abdulhamid II early in 1896.

Zonaro’s acquaintance with Munir Pasha, the Minister of Protocol of Yildiz Palace, could be an essential turning level in his life. Following that assembly, he met Osman Hamdi Bey, who made certain that his work have been seen and appreciated by Abdulhamid. And in 1896 he was honored with the title and place of Chief Palace Painter.


A stroll by the outdated quarters on the alternative financial institution of the Asi is likely one of the finest methods to get a really feel for town. For preserved right here within the stone-paved courtyards that be part of the slender lanes are the best examples of the outdated Antakya homes: Antakya Home, the mansions of Fuad Kuseyri and of the Yahyaogullari, Halepogullari and different households. These two- and three-story homes, the oldest of which is 200 years outdated, have been constructed going through the mountains, whereas their stone-paved courtyards boast swimming pools and gardens.

The decision of the muezzin mingles with the peal of church bells as youngsters play marbles within the slender cobblestone streets. A metropolis continuously talked about within the Bible, Antakya has a excessive potential for religion tourism. And the Church of St. Peter is a vital place of pilgrimage for Christians on this metropolis which is house to the primary church after the one at Jerusalem. Our prolonged stroll by these streets steeped in historical past is sufficient to whet our appetites.

Our vacation spot this time is Harbiye, 10 kilometers outdoors town and a resort space going again to Roman occasions, the place hidden waterfalls rush down right into a deep, wooded valley. Providing the complete vary of Antakya delicacies, the eating places at Harbiye are true palate pleasers. And olive oil cleaning soap, and the silk scarves and hope chests produced within the neighboring villages are offered in retailers on the street to the falls. Refreshing to physique and spirit with its pure air and excellent delicacies, Harbiye is nice for a day’s outing, and we’re mighty glad we got here right here.


Big mommas


Forged: 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 college after Trent witnesses a homicide. Posing as Massive Momma and as hefty coed Charmaine, they have to discover the assassin earlier than he finds them.


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

Director: Brian Levant

Off to a resort with summer season jobs, the gang stumbles onto a thriller when the Frog Monster of Lake Erie makes an surprising look, scaring away all of the visitors.


Forged: Colin O’Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciaran Hinds, Alice Braga, Toby Jones

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Michael Kovak, reluctantly attends exorcism college on the Vatican. Whereas he’s in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest who introduces him to the darker facet of his religion.


Forged: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Throughout an impromptu journey to Europe to fix a damaged coronary heart, Frank unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise, a rare girl who intentionally crosses his path..


Forged: Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly

Director: Rob Letterman

Lemuel Gulliver is a lowly mailroom clerk. After he bluffs his manner into an project writing concerning the Bermuda Triangle, he goes there solely to be transported to an undiscovered land, Lilliput.


Forged: Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller, Andrew Daly, Nathan Corddry

Director: Eric Brevig

Jellystone Park has been dropping enterprise, so grasping Mayor Brown decides to close it down and promote the land. Meaning Yogi and Boo Boo might be tossed out of the one house they’ve ever recognized.


Forged: Matt Damon, Cecile De France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lisa Griffiths, Cyndi Mayo Davis

Director: Clint Eastwood


Jenene Castle


The inclusion of actual world interplay inside sport play is imminent. For instance, the builders of World of Warcraft (WoW) are at the moment investigating methods to synchronize WoW’s public sale home with actual world foreign money.

Sport worlds appear to be extra inclined to associate with parts in life house versus the reverse. That being stated, the unlucky actuality of gamification has began to take form in each realms.

There’s, nonetheless, an alternative choice to this diluted perspective. Sport designer and professor Ian Bogost notes: “Critical video games have given their advocates a strategy to body using video games in governmental and industrial contexts by making the declare that video games can deal with consequential subjects and supply profound outcomes. ” These can vary from easy video games to extra complicated methods. As an illustration, Third Faction offered “DPS” (Demand Participant Sovereignty), a undertaking selling social activism, at ISEA 2011 in Istanbul. That is a method artists have begun merging actual world politics with gamespace in a non-trivial means.

The way forward for gaming is morphing. Artists and educators are performing as a catalyst for this alteration. The consequence can be a merging of each the digital and the geophysical world. As an alternative of integrating video games into actuality, as with gamification, actuality can be built-in into video games.

John Bruneau

There’s loads of buzz proper now over Gamification. Companies are leaping on the Gamification bandwagon to push earnings up. There’s a robust drive in academia to gamify training. On the one hand now we have Critical Video games and Video games for Change; on the opposite, now we have foursquare America^ Military and Badgeville, all vying for our consideration, all making an attempt to up the ante. Gamification is the current of gaming. So what of the longer term?

The long run is stuffed with depth, pleasure and stress! Each side of life is so deeply infused with sport mechanics that separating sport and life is an impossibility. Desperately, folks start trying to find a strategy to escape into a spot the place they received be weighted, measured or scored, a spot the place quest-lines all come to an finish. Banal is the brand new fantasy world of video games.

When life is a sport, escapism turns into the best life. A number of indie sport titles at the moment indulge this impulse. Passage, Dinner Date and Metro Guidelines of Conduct are all indicators of issues to return. As this new style of video games begins to rise in reputation, entrepreneurs and lecturers will start on the lookout for methods to introduce life-like parts into life. For higher or worse, future colleges, companies and altruistic nonprofits will all attempt to lure us away from the leveling rat race with “Lifeification”. The way forward for gaming is just not the Gamification, however moderately the Lifeification, of life.

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Filibe Koftecisi

If, while buying, you couldn’t cease fascinated by having some scrumptious meatballs, then look no additional; head straight to Filibe. You’ll discover delicacies like grilled rooster and meat varieties, baked rice pudding and cheese pudding in addition to well-known Plovdiv meatballs at this restaurant open between 7am and 5pm. A meatball sandwich is 5 TL and a portion is eight TL. They stress that they don’t settle for bank cards.

Tel: 0212 522 9721

It has been serving clients on Uzungarsi Avenue since 1960. The scent of meatballs will seduce even the fullest of individuals. The restaurant whose portfolio consists of regulars together with celebrities and journalists, gives a portion of meatballs for six.50 TL, whereas its semolina halva will depart you begging for extra. Think about your self fortunate for those who discover any at lunch although, because the dessert is served from 7am together with soup.

Tel: 0212 52013 25

Lezzet-i Sark

One assembly level for kebab lovers is Lezzet-i sark restaurant the place you’ll discover all forms of kebabs, from Urfa to Adana, lamb- stuffed kibbeh, a wide range of soups and naturally, angel’s hair dessert. Costs vary from 10 TL to 20 TL.

Tel: 0212 514 27 63

Asli Borek

For those who set off earlier than breakfast, cease by at Ash Borek. Order a breakfast platter and get scrumptious su boregi (layered pastry). Pastries are 5 TL, breakfast 9 TL and manti eight TL.

Tel: 0212 527 54 80

Tahtakale Et Lokantasi

Soups, meatballs, wraps and kebab varieties await you within the restaurant open between 10am and 9pm daily. Costs fluctuate from 2.50 TL to 10 TL.

Tel: 0212 512 52 92


Take a lunch break right here for those who lengthy for conventional Turkish house cooking like eggplant ragout, bean stew or soup. Costs are low; specialties from the every day menu value from 2.50 TL to six TL.

Tel: 0212 526 26 86

Murat Karadeniz Pidecisi

For those who like pide you need to do this place which has been serving Tahtakale’s craftsmen for 20 years. Attempt its pide with tahini. The restaurant, well-known for its Konya-style pide, serves minced meat and combined pides for five TL.

Tel: 0212 522 49 08

Milan, which hosts the ‘Salone Internazionale del Cellular’, the world’s largest furnishings and design honest in spring and the world’s two most prestigious style weeks in the course of the winter, is a style and design paradise. Regardless of having change into a cliché, the ‘Quadrilatero Della Moda’ (Quadrilateral of Vogue), consisting of Through Della Spiga, Through Montenapoleone, Through Santo Spirito and Through Sant’Andrea is one in every of Milan’s most important routes.

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