Daily Archives: March 9, 2016

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İstanbul’s newest museums

Introducing İstanbul’s newest museums Galata Mevlevihanesi Museum (PHOTOS PAT YALE) May 20, 2012, Sunday/ 12:19:00/ PAT YALE A few weeks ago the Museum of Innocence, novelist Orhan Pamuk’s private museum in Çukurcuma, finally opened to great fanfare. Although there are many museums around the world devoted to individual writers, often housed in their own homes,…

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Turkey’s caravanserai hotels

Revisiting Turkey’s caravanserai hotels Ruins of Han-el Ba’rur near Harran (PHOTOS PAT YALE) February 12, 2012, Sunday/ 12:23:00/ PAT YALE They may not be as well remembered today as the Ottomans, but in the period of their supremacy the Selçuks adorned towns like Kayseri, Konya and Karaman with hundreds of magnificent mosques, hamams (Turkish baths)…

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Top Travel tips for Turkey

Top Travel tips for Turkey 2012 Konukevi, Midyat – PHOTOS PAT YALE January 01, 2012, Sunday/ 12:23:00/ PAT YALE Welcome to 2012, everyone! And seeing that this is a time when so many people will be making resolutions to see them through the coming year, it seems the perfect opportunity to dangle some tempting travel…

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Turkey’s best Ottoman monuments

Ten of Turkey’s best Ottoman monuments — The Declining years Clock tower dating to reign of Sultan Abdülhamid II, Bilecik (PHOTOS PAT YALE) March 18, 2012, Sunday/ 13:03:00/ PAT YALE The Ottoman golden years are usually seen as stretching from 1453, when sultanmehmed II seized Constantinople from the Byzantines, to 1571, when the Ottoman navy…

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Lake Çıldır and Veliköy

Turkey’s winter wonderland — Lake Çıldır and Veliköy Horse-drawn carriages on Lake Çıldır (PHOTOS PAT YALE) March 04, 2012, Sunday/ 12:30:00/ PAT YALE Yavuz and Yağmur are two beautiful horses in the prime of life. They’re tricked out with pompoms on their harnesses and have neat little yashmaks covering the tops of their tails. Tuncay,…

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Ayvalık and Cunda

Ayvalık and Cunda true gems of the north Aegean Cunda’s stone cafes (PHOTOS: PAT YALE) June 17, 2012, Sunday/ 12:23:00/ PAT YALE There’s something different about Ayvalık, the small resort town on the Aegean coast midway between Assos and Bergama. It’s not something that smacks you in the face as soon as you arrive there…

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Tur Abdin

Exploring the Tur Abdin a forgotten treasure of southeastern Turkey Stylite column at Mor Lozoor, Mercimekli (PHOTOS PAT YALE) January 29, 2012, Sunday/ 11:56:00/ PAT YALE Imagine a landscape of narrow country roads hemmed in by dry stone walls. Imagine villageafter honey-colored village, each with its church tower punctuating the skyline. Imagine golden-stoned houses blending…

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Beşiktaş

Beşiktaş unfolding Ihlamur Kasrı (Photo: Bahar Mandan, Sunday’s)) November 17, 2013, Sunday/ 11:28:00/ PAT YALE Through tall windows looking onto the Bosporus shimmering light pours into the room and illuminates an astonishing sight, a row of gloriously repainted caiques, the long, slender boats that were once used to row the sultans around İstanbul. It’s been…

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Day trip Asia: Üsküdar

Day trip Asia: Üsküdar PHOTOS SUNDAY’S ZAMAN March 24, 2013, Sunday/ 13:44:00/ PAT YALE On a sunny spring morning few things could be more enjoyable than to stroll from Sultanahmet to Eminönü and then catch one of the ferries across the Bosporus to Üsküdar or Kadıköy. Given how much publicity about İstanbul highlights the fact…

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Asia Kadıköy

Day trip Asia Kadıköy Haydarpaşa Station (Photo: Sunday’s Zaman) March 31, 2013, Sunday/ 13:09:00/ PAT YALE Down at the Eminönü waterfront in İstanbul all is hustle and bustle as commuters jostle tourists in the queues to board the ferries over to Asia. For the time being, the picturesque old boats still operate to Üsküdar, the…

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