The Path of Abraham

Balikli Göl

The Abraham Path is a cultural route connecting the cities associated with Abraham’s journey to the promised land. Storytelling, kindness and hospitality are symbolic to walking the path. Abraham/Ibrahim is thought to have lived during the Bronze Age. He travelled with family and flock throughout the Arabian peninsula and the Nile Valley. His story has … Continue reading The Path of Abraham

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The Gilded Cage… A Secret World of Luxury and Confinement

The Ottoman Empire dates from between the end of the 13th Century until the early 20th Century, and was founded by the Oghuz Turkish Tribal leader, Osman I, in the town of Söğüt. In Turkey’s early history, leadership of the Empire typically passed from father to son, and it was commonplace for succession wars between … Continue reading The Gilded Cage… A Secret World of Luxury and Confinement

The World’s First and a Turkish National Treasure

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is one of two (soon to be three) airports in Istanbul but did you know that it is named after the adoptive daughter of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk? Born on 21st March 1913, Sabiha Gökçen became the first female combat pilot in Turkey and, according to various sources including the Guinness book … Continue reading The World’s First and a Turkish National Treasure

The Truth About Tulips

It is a common misconception that Tulips originate from The Netherlands.  Whilst it is true that, today, tulips are cultivated extensively in The Netherlands, the fact of the matter is that tulips are actually native to the Middle East and, more specifically, Turkey, and were not introduced to the then Holland, until the 16th Century. … Continue reading The Truth About Tulips