TIPS FROM A TOUR GUIDE'S TREASURE TROVE

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Re: Dolmabahce Palace Turns 150

Post by OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:07 pm

[TIP 22] TURKEY THROUGH DICK OSSEMAN'S EYE

This gentelman did a marvelous job. Just visit his website and enjoy over 13.400 pictures taken from all around Turkey. Simply incredible. Thank you Mr. Osseman.

http://pbase.com/dosseman/root


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Re: Dolmabahce Palace Turns 150

Post by OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE » Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:15 pm

[TIP 23] ADDENDUM TO TIP 21

OTHER SIDE OF THE FALSIFIED GENOCIDE CLAIMS & MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

Usually, at the end of a 7-10 day tour, after seeing the country and the genuine hospitality and friendship of the Turkish people, even the most fanatic ones start reconsidering their prejudices and realize that Turkey and the Turkish people are not made up of only the Midnight Express, Armenian problem, Kurdish problem, Cyprus problem, human rights abuses. (These are what they have been told and shown by their mass media for years).
Here are two addresses to visit about two of the five issues to learn the truth behind bias and misinformation.

1. For Armenian Revolt (Parts 1-6)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7ySlVv4P4o

2. For Midnight Express (Parts 1-2)

The real story from Billy Hayes (who spent 5 years in Imrali prison for smoking and smuggling hash) not from a prepaid film director Oliver Stone who changed the real story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JTRs8e-FRk

Wirh all good wishes.
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Re: Dolmabahce Palace Turns 150

Post by OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE » Wed May 02, 2007 10:04 pm

DEAR TTP READERS

I've just completed my 16 month mission in Jerusalem and returned home. Should you need my help, I will be glad to be able to assist you here in Turkey again.

With all good wishes.
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Post by OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE » Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:14 pm

[TIP 24] - WHERE TO EAT IN ISTANBUL?

One of the best ways to understand how rich the culture of a country is to taste its cuisine and discover the secrets of its palatal tastes. For tourists visiting Istanbul, here is a list of restaurants where they can discover the authentic tastes of the Turkish cuisine. (This list is prepared according to my taste and is far from being complete. I hope you will enjoy the food. AFİYET OLSUN).

TRADITIONAL TURKISH HOME COOKING

KANAAT LOKANTASI
Selmanipak Caddesi No.25 Üsküdar Tel: (216) 333 37 91 - 341 54 44

HACI ABDULLAH LOKANTASI
Ağa Cami Sakızağacı Caddesi, No.17, Beyoğlu Tel: 0212 293 85 61 - 293 08 51

HACI SALİH LOKANTASI
İstiklal Cad. Anadolu Han (Inside the passage), Beyoğlu. Tel: (212) 243 45 28

DARÜZZİYAFE
Süleymaniye Külliyesi (Mosque Complex) Tel: (212) 512 10 37

BORSA LOKANTALARI
* Eminönü, Yalıköşkü Cad. Yalıköşkü Han No:60-62 Tel: (212) 51180 79
* Osmanbey Halaskargazi Cad. Şairnigar Sok. 90/1 Tel: (212) 232 42 00
* Fenerbahçe, Kalamış Cad. No:87 Tel: (216) 348 77 00

KONYALI
Mimar Kemaleddin Cad. 5. Vakıf Han, No:l Sirkeci
(Sirkeci) (212) 513 9611
(Levent) (212) 264 37 47
(Topkapı Palace) (212) 513 96 96
(Göztepe) (216) 358 44 23
(Bakırköy) (212) 543 62 64

PANDELİ RESTAURANT
Mısır Çarşısı, Eminönü Tel: (212) 527 39 09

FISH RESTAURANTS

SET BALIK

Kireçburnu Caddesi 18, Tarabya. Tel: 0 (212) 262 04 11 - 262 34 98

ADEM BABA

Satışmeydanı Sok. No:2, Arnavutköy Tel: 0 (0212) 263 29 33

ÇENGELKÖY İSKELE

Next to quay No: 10 Çengelköy İstanbul Tel : 0 216 321 55 06

TARİHİ KARAKÖY BALIKÇISI

Tersane Caddesi, Kardeşim Sokak No: 30. Karaköy Tel: 0212. 251 13 71

P.S. For köfte (meat balls) lovers my recent favorite place is BURSA ÇİÇEK KÖFTECİSİ at Beşiktaş market square. I recommend "pideli köfte".

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Post by OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:42 am

[TIP 25] - Sevan BICAKCI -- Jewelries for the Love of Istanbul

A jewelry designer... a craftsman... who designs with the passion for his beloved city...

Sevan was born 1972 in Istanbul and grown up in a district called Samatya, which has been home to many Istanbul-born Armenians for centuries. He was 13 when he left school to start working with his hands in a trade. With the help of his father, Sevan started to work at the workshop of goldsmith-master Hovsep Chatak at the Grand Bazaar where is a huge complex which carries more than 500 years of traditional jewelry making within its walls.

There was so much motivation surrounding him to increase his knowledge of jewelry design and craftsmanship. After his master passed away, when Sevan was just 18, he had to make a choice between shifting to another workshop and going on his own. And even though he was young in comparison, Sevan started to work all alone in a tiny workshop space.

For almost ten years, he served bigger jewelry manufacturers as a freelance model maker. Though his reputation then was very good, he was known for being a master at solving serious problems.

As important as he was to others, Sevan started to feel uncomfortable with the fact that he was not pushing his creative limits in terms of design at all. Yet, at the same time, he was forced to think in financial terms as well so model-making helped him save money --- and sure enough, that money turned out to be the capital he used for his first collection.

Byzantine and Ottoman palaces, churches, mosques, fountains, mausoleums and bazaars have been his every day environment for at least 20 years. His biggest wish was to convert his dreams shaped by the magical influence of Istanbul's history, which have been there for more than two thousand years.

Sevan says that there's no way to be isolated from the past and his surroundings. Istanbul's spirit inevitably fills its people and as just one of them, Sevan wanted to reflect it with his works. That's when he decided it was time for him to come up with his own collection. It took Sevan approximately a year to prepare the first part of it, which he debuted to the Turkish public in March, 2002.

Sevan's concern is never with the materials. The only important thing for him is the outcome and he feels so fortunate because of the generosity of Mother Nature in supplying us with such a large variety of genuine, from the earth materials. Sevan takes whatever is necessary and, of course, available, to make each work match the respective initial dream. Quite often, one work consists of 18K and 24K gold, sterling silver, diamonds, enamel work and a variety of colored gemstones.

Sevan doesn't design for a certain price point. Since his launch in Turkey, most of his sales have been to private clients in Istanbul. The most of his works are uniquely crafted and time consuming at the workbench, therefore prevents him from mass production, so the number of sales to this point has been very limited.

Sevan's first international debut took place in 2005, which is when he was selected one of 2005's five "Rising Stars" by the jury of JCK - Las Vegas Show's Design Center.

His exhibition within this event gave him the chance to the place his collections in the windows of a number of select US jewelry stores and galleries including Barneys New York, Beverly Hills and Dallas, Reinhold / Puerto Rico, Jensen Stern / Sun Valley, Stanley Korshak / Dallas, Yaw Gallery / Birmingham, Ylang Ylang / St. Louis and Elements / Chicago.

Some European spots featuring his works are Laehrm / Austria, Vanhoutteghem / Belgium, Galerie Voigt / Germany, Ars Vivendi / Germany and Varga's Art / Switzerland. Sevan Bicakci's 2006 Design Atelier participation within the "Couture Jewelry Conference and Collection" was crowned by his winning of the "Town & Country Couture Award" for gemstone jewelry design.

(From Fashiontrendsetter by By Senay Gokcen)

To see some of Sevan's masterpieces please visit:

http://www.sevanbicakci.com/

http://www.fashiontrendsetter.com/conte ... ci-p3.html



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Post by OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE » Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:48 am

[TIP 26] - ISTANBUL - A TIMELESS CITY WHICH NEVER SLEEPS


Dear All,

For those who missed their days in Istanbul, here is the life cycle of the this dream city day after day, month after month and season after season. Enjoy the show.

http://www.ersineser.us:80/


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Post by OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE » Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:06 pm

[TIP 27] - PAPILLON- A Motorhome RV journey through Turkey

I happened to come across a wonderful website prepared by an American couple. (Tom & Judy Salmon). I am very much impressed with their realistic accounts and photos of their Turkey trip . With their permission, I would like to recommend their web site to Turkey travellers and Turkey lovers on the forum.

http://papillontravels.net/turkeyindex.htm

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Re: TIPS FROM A TOUR GUIDE'S TREASURE TROVE

Post by OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE » Tue May 06, 2008 3:11 pm

[TIP 28] - A Whirlwind Tour of Turkey

Dear all,

NBC's Lester Holt joins TODAY's Matt Lauer on his "Where in the World" tour and takes a trip through Turkey, visiting such colorful locations as Bodrum, Cappadocia and Ephesus.

On the website, there are also wonderful videos of popular destinations of Turkey.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/24389792

Enjoy the show.

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Re: TIPS FROM A TOUR GUIDE'S TREASURE TROVE

Post by OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE » Sat May 09, 2009 4:17 pm

(TIP 29)- BEYPAZARI- A PERFECT PLACE FOR DAY TRIPPERS FROM ANKARA

It's already spring in my country (unfortunately it is always summer in Khartoum with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Centigrade with severe dust storms nowadays) and it's great time for day tripping. If you are a resident in Ankara or just happen to be in Ankara on business, I recommend that you spare a day to visit Beypazarı which is just an hour's drive from Ankara. You would surely not regret the experience and guaranteed to return Ankara with a big smile on your face and with a taste of delicious local dishes and delicasies.

Beypazarı today is a small town in a rural district famous for its carrots, (producing nearly 60% of Turkey's carrots), silverwork (Telkari), and a high quality natural mineral water. The crystal mineral trona, a kind of natural soda used in glass-making is extracted in Beypazarı. With its rich history, architectural heritage and attractive rocky countryside Beypazarı is becoming increasingly attractive to visitors, especially day-trippers from Ankara. The cobbled streets of white Ottoman period buildings are particularly attractive; many of the old houses have been restored as hotels and restaurants (and are also popular with Turkish film directors looking for authentic locations. Every June the town holds its popular Traditional Historical Houses, Handicrafts, Carrot and stew Festival. For many visitors a major attraction is the cuisine, which includes typical Turkish dishes such as the yoghurt drink ayran, tarhana, stuffed vine leaves, home-made sausage mumbar, and a stew cooked in a stone-oven güveç. Sweets include the sweet cream pudding called höşmerim and pastries including a dry buttery biscuit called Beypazarı kurusu, and a renowned 80-layer baklava. They are also very inventive with their carrots, drinking carrot juice and producing carrot-flavoured Turkish Delight and carrot ice-cream. Beypazarı is surrounded by good farmland and the fresh ingredients are a large part of why Beypazarı's cooling is so popular with visitors. One of the best-known eateries is the restored Ottoman house, the Taş Mektep restaurant. A popular gift to take back home is the sticky sausage-shaped fruit and walnut sweet sucuk. The town is unusual in Turkey for celebrating an Islamic festival (Regaip Kandili, the conception of the prophet Muhammad) with lights and fireworks. Beypazarı is a member of the European Association of Historic Towns and Regions (EAHTR).

For beautiful photos of Beypazarı by Ayşe Gürel please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kotufena/s ... 4995/show/

With all good wishes from Khartoum.
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Re: TIPS FROM A TOUR GUIDE'S TREASURE TROVE

Post by Alda » Tue May 12, 2009 8:02 pm

Wow !
Great, thanks for sharing the interesting info .Keep up posting the good work . :D


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