Turkish Kahve

Did you know that it was the Turks who first introduced coffee to Europe in the 1500s?  The ruling Ottoman Empire first gave coffee, or Kahve as it's known in Turkey, to the Italians and from there it saw a rise in popularity, with coffee houses quickly becoming a familiar sight in many European countries. … Continue reading Turkish Kahve

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Twelve Unspoken Turkish Rules You Might Not Know

12 unspoken rules you might not know

Like every country, Turkey has a set of social rules to live by. Here are a few to start on you on your way... 1. Don’t leave too early If you leave before midnight it means that you think your hosts haven't done a good job. Turkish people typically enjoy extended visits, talking and drinking … Continue reading Twelve Unspoken Turkish Rules You Might Not Know

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