Rewarding reads: January 2017

Magical snow, sweet-and-sour pomegranate molasses and Turkish fairy tales

By Emma Harper | February 22, 2017


In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that weve read over the past month. ‘Snow in Istanbul always feels magical,’ writes Tim Arango in The New York Times. He documents how last month’s blizzard, the heaviest snowfall in Istanbul since 2009, came as...
Posted in Books, Culinary Arts, History, News, Orientalism, Travel

Rewarding reads: November and December 2016

Orientalist aesthetics, Black Sea shipwrecks and refugees in space

By Emma Harper | January 5, 2017


In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that weve read and listened to over the past month (or two, in this case). The Ottoman History Podcast began as a modest experiment in 2011, but has since grown into a vast digital resource...
Posted in Archaeology, Contemporary Art, History, News, Photography, Travel

Art fair ahead!

How to have a howling time at Contemporary Istanbul 2016

By Emma Harper | November 1, 2016


Anticipation has been building for Contemporary Istanbul. After the cancellation of this year's edition of ArtInternational, the major international art fair in Istanbul, Contemporary Istanbul is once again the only show in town. In previous years the two fairs have vied for galleries, collectors and punters, as Tim Cornwell wrote...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Travel

Lycian hideaway

A long weekend of rest and repose in Çıralı

By Emma Harper | September 19, 2016


When I think of lazy summer days spent lounging by the seaside, I immediately conjure up images of Çıralı. This small town, located on the southern coast of Turkey, is home to a sand-and-pebble beach that stretches for almost 4km, hemmed in by a wooded headland to the north. On...
Posted in Nature, Travel

Classical music engulfs the Bodrum peninsula

The 13th International Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival runs from July 3 until August 11

By Emma Harper | July 13, 2016


Bodrum may not be the most isolated holiday spot in Turkey, but the peninsula boasts some quiet retreats, like the small fishing village of Gümüşlük. Far away from the hustle and bustle of Bodrum Marina, the sleepy town is brought to life each summer by the Gümüşlük Classical Music Festival,...
Posted in Music and Performing Arts, Classical Music, Jazz, Travel

‘The life of the island’ – my great-grandfather’s dream hotel

Büyükada’s Splendid Palas, grande dame of the Princes Islands, remains a cherished family heirloom

By Emma Harper, with photographs by Monica Fritz | January 29, 2016


There are certain benefits to befriending a pistachio trader, as Serra Taşkent discovered during one of the many childhood summers she spent on Büyükada at the Splendid Palas Hotel – built by her great-grandfather in 1908. There she used to enjoy walking around the tables during dinner service, chatting to...
Posted in Travel

Theophania! Epiphany!

By Malika Browne | January 7, 2016


The Orthodox church certainly knows how to lighten what is otherwise the grimmest week of the year. I am standing on the freezing shore of the Golden Horn at Fener waiting to watch one of Great City’s most ancient rituals: the tossing of the crucifix into the Golden Horn on...
Posted in News, Travel

Inside story: Zeki’nin Yeri

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | September 22, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Traditional homes in Turkey exude a warmth and charm that is inviting; they are unlike any other place in the world that I've visited. Each house is an expression of its owner's creativity, which...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Bodrum

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | September 14, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Bodrum, located in southwestern Turkey, is a beautiful, charming seaside resort. But it is also a place full of history. Going back to ancient times, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus – an ancient Greek city...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Camili

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | September 7, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Camili is not your typical tourist destination. For one, it’s difficult to reach: located in a remote area near the Black Sea on the border between Georgia and Turkey, it is surrounded on three...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Nature, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Çamlıhemşin part 2

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | August 28, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. Huge kitchens like the one above are found in old stone houses built high in the mountains in remote areas of’ Çamlıhemşin in the early 20th century. Amonst them were many successful bakers, one...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Photography, Travel

Cappadocia dreaming

By Victoria Khroundina | August 21, 2015


If you’ve been following the blog, you will know I have been travelling these past few weeks. Last weekend I finally got around to visiting Cappadocia, and out of all the places I have been to in Turkey this awed me the most. The otherworldly landscape peppered with fairy chimneys,...
Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel

Turquoise beauty

By Victoria Khroundina | August 14, 2015


If you want to get up close and personal with Turkey’s Mediterranean coast there’s no better way to do so than by boat. You can stay in a town such as Fethiye, Kaş, Kalkan or Antalya, and take daily boat trips or, better still, hire your own boat and spend...
Posted in Modern Art, Photography, Travel

Ephesus: a visual diary

By Victoria Khroundina | July 31, 2015


‘Turkey’s greatest classical sight can come as a shock, even to a die-hard art historian,’ writes Roger Williams in the introduction to the Cornucopia guide entry on Ephesus. Well, I’m not an historian, but even to a layman (albeit a curious one), the sight is fascinating. After living in Turkey...
Posted in History, Travel

An extraordinary portfolio

By Julie Witford | May 27, 2015


At HALI at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair – taking place between June 18 and 28 – Cornucopia will unveil an extraordinary ethnographical portfolio published by Annette and Volker Rautenstengel. Following their in-depth studies of Central Asian nomadic textiles, the Rautenstengels, with the help of Peter Alford Andrews (recipient of...
Posted in Books, History, News, Photography, Textiles, Travel

The dust bites another one

The ongoing destruction of Turkey’s coastline

By Victoria Khroundina | April 9, 2015


Another beauty spot that was. Photos this morning from an activist Facebook site (one the authorities would no doubt love to shut down). They show the ongoing destruction of Güvercinlik Cove on the Bodrum peninsula. Eight years ago, a fire swept through the area in suspicious circumstances, destroying acres of...
Posted in Nature, News, Travel

Inside story: Cappadocia part 2

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | March 13, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above room is housed in a stately old mansion situated on a treacherously steep cobblestone road in Ürgüp, Cappadocia. Built of large stone blocks, with an overhanging upper storey and small balcony, its...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Museums, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Çamlıhemşin

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | February 20, 2015


In this blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. There are a couple of thousand people living in Çamlıhemşin, a small town on a plateau in the mountainous area of Rize, in the Eastern Black Sea region. Looking up from the base of...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Daday

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | February 6, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. The above image shows a room in a house in Daday, in the Black Sea province of Kastamonu. Built at the top of a circular staircase and taking up the whole floor –...
Posted in Architecture, Design, Photography, Travel

Inside story: Cappadocia

A journey through Turkish homes

By Lynn Gilbert | January 30, 2015


In our new blog series, the photographer Lynn Gilbert takes us on a journey through Turkish homes. In my wanderings down streets and alleyways in Cappadocia, I once chanced upon this 1876 landmark Greek house in Ürgüp (above image). Cappadocia is a World Heritage Site with many stone houses built...
Posted in Architecture, Design, History, Museums, Photography, Travel
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