August adventures along the Turquoise Coast
By Victoria Khroundina | August 21, 2013
In August, when a blanket of heat covers most of western Turkey, many businesses close and everyone is eager to find some reprieve from the oppressive weather. Undoubtedly the best place for that is the seaside. Even though I have lived in Turkey for over six months, I have still...
By CORNUCOPIA BLOG | August 2, 2013
Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism proudly announced this week that another group of landmarks has been added to the UNESCO temporary World Heritage list. Most prominently – the Galata Tower, seen here in a photograph by Fritz von der Schulenburg for the next Cornucopia. Originally built in 1348 to...
The ongoing destruction of Istanbul's cultural heritage
By John Scott | July 8, 2013
YEDİKULE YEDİKULE YEDİKULE! Before reading this, fling open your window, fill your lungs with air and bellow 'Yedikule!
' three times very fast. For anyone in earshot who ever called Istanbul home, it will bring a tear to the eye. Now sit down and brace yourself. This is yet another sad...
Architecture, Culinary Arts, History, News, Gezi Protests, Travel
By Victoria Khroundina | May 15, 2013
A Silk Road city a hundred miles south of Istanbul, Bursa has salvaged enough of its fabled beauty to make it well worth exploring. The birthplace of the Ottoman Empire, it is the best place to get an Iskender kebap, even the inspiration for Turkish puppetry (the shadow play characters...
By Roger Williams | February 12, 2013
A one-click website has been set up for the Culture Routes Society to bring together the 16 waymarked long-distance walks in Turkey. Trailmakers, tour operators, accommodation providers and other necessary information are available for an adventure through some of the country’s most beautiful and historic countryside. Each trail is supported...
Books, News, Travel
By Michael Hornsby | January 30, 2013
Cornucopia was delighted to recieve a letter from subscriber Janet Surman about her recent trip to visit the painted village mosques of Denizli, which feature in the beautiful photographs by Ali Konalı and Tarkan Kutlu on the cover of issue 48. Sadly some of the mosques seem to be in...
History, Islamic Art, Travel
By Claire Bangser | December 12, 2012
In a guest post on the Cornucopia blog, Claire Bangser from the Balyolu team explores the sweeter side of Kars, a border town in far-eastern Turkey, famously portrayed as cold and bleak in Orhan Pamuk's novel 'Snow'.
In a village in northeastern Turkey, a bee-keeper died this spring at...
Culinary Arts, Travel
By Monique Jaques | September 20, 2012
Coming from Istanbul, one has to take a ferry, a bus, and then the metro to reach the many exhibitions and talks at Bursa PhotoFest (September 15–21). It seems only fitting to travel to this less-than-glitzy former Ottoman capital to see a showcase of documentary photography, often overlooked in the...
News, Photography, Travel
By Michael Hornsby | June 27, 2012
Whether they stay in Sultanahmet or Beyoğlu, visitors to Istanbul this summer (2012) have the chance to see the late Josephine Powell’s remarkable photographs of Anatolian nomadic and rural life at a nearby venue. The exhibition at the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations on Istiklal Caddesi, which featured on the cover...
Books, Film, History, Museums, Photography, Travel
By Christopher Ryan | June 18, 2012
Founded in 2003 by Alp Toruner, Büyülübağ Winery, on the island of Avşa in the Sea of Marmara, is one of a new breed of quality Turkish wine producers, making modern wines by traditional methods and using local grapes as well as more familiar varieties.
Walking from Avşa ferryport, the way across...
Culinary Arts, Travel