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by Bill_Miyorum
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Good Books on Turkey
Topic: An Ottoman Traveller
Replies: 0
Views: 1672

An Ottoman Traveller

The full title of this book, which was a very welcome Christmas present, is "An Ottoman Traveller - Selections from the Book of Travels of Evliya Çelebi." Now, while I'd heard of Evliya Çelebi, I did not know that his Book of Travels was, at least in the view of the writers of the Introduction, "pro...
by Bill_Miyorum
Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Train Travel
Topic: Ankara - Istanbul high-speed train now running
Replies: 0
Views: 8172

Ankara - Istanbul high-speed train now running

The Ankara - Istanbul high-speed train service opened to the public on 26 July, 2014. Journey time between Ankara and Pendik (which is currently the terminus at the Istanbul end) is 3½ hours. At the moment there are six trips in each direction per day.
by Bill_Miyorum
Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: Air Travel
Topic: London (Luton) - Istanbul (Atatürk) from 2 May 2014
Replies: 0
Views: 6831

London (Luton) - Istanbul (Atatürk) from 2 May 2014

Atlasjet (with which I have no connection) starts a London (Luton) to Istanbul (Atatürk) service on 2 May 2014. Handy for those of us who live north of London. http://www.arabianaerospace.aero/atlasj ... rvice.html
by Bill_Miyorum
Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: The Grand Bazaar
Topic: Egyptian Spice Market Hours
Replies: 1
Views: 9994

Re: Egyptian Spice Market Hours

It opens at 08.00, according to its website: http://www.misircarsisi.org/sayfalar.as ... d=4&id=131
by Bill_Miyorum
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Turkish Food & Drink
Topic: Turkish wine?
Replies: 27
Views: 40272

Re: Turkish wine?

UK-based members of the forum may be interested to hear that Marks and Spencer (with which I have no connection) is currently offering a Turkish wine called "Sevilen", which is made from Öküzgözü grapes grown near Elazığ. I'll re-phrase that: I found this wine in my local M&S, which doesn't normally...
by Bill_Miyorum
Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Train Travel
Topic: Mamaray Opening
Replies: 4
Views: 12098

Re: Mamaray Opening

Thanks, Tom. The Marmaray line is a very interesting project. Apparently the underwater section is the deepest of its type in the world. They didn't drill through the rock beneath the Bosphorus; they dug a trench on the sea bed, placed ten or eleven sections of tubing in it, and covered the whole th...
by Bill_Miyorum
Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Train Travel
Topic: Mamaray Opening
Replies: 4
Views: 12098

Re: Mamaray Opening

I would love to be able to sample the Marmaray. Does this mean there are no more suburban trains on the old overground line out of Sirkeci? I've got fond memories of that. My father and I once caught one of those trains from Cankurtaran to Florya. Because we were standing, our heads were above the w...
by Bill_Miyorum
Wed May 22, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: The Grand Bazaar
Topic: Kadıköy historic bazaar (Istanbul Asian side)
Replies: 3
Views: 6634

Kadıköy historic bazaar (Istanbul Asian side)

Every time I go to Istanbul, I try to visit the bazaar in Kadıköy. I'm talking here about the permanent food shops in the narrow pedestrianised streets of the town centre. The street scene is picturesque and the produce on sale is good quality. The video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8ilSj-7z_0...
by Bill_Miyorum
Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: Turkish Food & Drink
Topic: Turkish wine?
Replies: 27
Views: 40272

Re: Turkish wine?

I buy wine from one of the most highly regarded wine "clubs" in the UK, a mutually-owned body founded in 1874. Last year, Turkish wine finally made an appearance in the club's range, in the shape of a 2009 vintage single-varietal Kalecik Karası from the Vinkara Winery, which is located in the small ...