From the startling couture of Dice Kayek to the astonishing history of the Washington Embassy and its most famous inhabitants, the Ertegün family, via the groundbreaking photographs of John Henry Haynes. Meanwhile Ro Fitzgerald finds a sea of blooms on the Aegean coast, Griselda Warr relives 1960s Istanbul, Min Hogg takes the road from Kars to Van. Plus ethereal interior photography from Metehan Özcan; and a feast of plums from Berrin Torolsan.
Only Kastamonu in the hinterland of the Black Sea, boasts the naked plum (üryani erik). In Daday, a valley just outside the town, a handful of villages have been encouraged to keep cultivating this plump, purplish-blue variety. When it is ripe and oozing with fragrance and sweetness, the delicate skin peels off easily to expose the amber-coloured flesh.
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The magic of southwest Turkey can still catch you unawares, especially if you sail. Botanist Ro FitzGerald boards a fine ketch and plots a course for that stunningly beautiful corner where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean.
An architectural extravaganza built in America’s Gilded Age for the man who invented the bottle top, the Everett House in Washington DC has a long and colourful connection with Turkey. Thomas Roueché charts its history. Photographs by Jürgen Frank.
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