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ICELAND
Iceland...it seems has full of hidden surprises. The island boomed its tourist industry by using the enormous volcanic eruption. 35 active volcanoes actually made the country a top destination. In 2010, Eyjafjallajökull erupted splashing thick ash clouds into the European skies. Lots of people suffered at the airports,could not travel for days. The world got to learn about this island with this eruption. Foreign news media came to the island and showed the world images of the spectacular landscapes. They struggled a lot to pronounce the local names and specially the volcano ...
Elvan Özbay
CAPPADOCIA
Fashioned by nature, embroidered by man by Faruk Pekin A unique and bizarre landscape, neither lunar nor earthly, a surreal, incredible vision of shapes and colours, a “poetry in rocks”. An extraordinary region, unmatched in the world. A fascinating beauty. An appaling artistic treasure. An inincredible harmony of shapes and colors. An ideal landscape for history and art lovers, photomaniacs and walkers. A fascinating blending of natural and human activity. A unique geological, historical and artistic region of cave formations in the form of churches, store rooms, kitchens, ...
Faruk Pekin
AMASYA
In an idyllic river valley lies the city famed for its extraordinary beauty, Amasya. Faruk Pekin explores its rich history, diverse cultural traditions and fascinating sights.   MY native town is situated in a deep and large valley through which flows the river Iris. It has been provided in a surprising manner by art and nature for answering the purpose of a city and a fortress." Thus wrote Strabo, geographer of the ancient world of the city of his birth.   Nestled at the foot of precipitous lead colored rock cliff's and spread out into the plain formed by the Iris river, now ...
Faruk Pekin
CAPPADOCIA; ROCKS OF AGES
Herodotus was the first to use the term Cappadocia, a word derived from the Persian "Katpatukya" meaning "a land of beautiful horses". The land lies in central Anatolia within an imaginary quadrangle with corners at Aksaray, Kırşehir, Kayseri and Niğde. Tourists are concentrated in the triangle linking Nevşehir, Avanos and Ürgüp.  The landscape of this region is unearthly and ghost1ike, with wave upon wave of ravines and rocks, dotted with stone pyramids and cones and obelisks. Created by nature, it has been hollowed out by man into fantastic cave formations in the form of ...
Faruk Pekin
GALATA
There are some cities which are comerstones in world history. One such is Istanbul, the only metropolis which has maintained its existence, with a thriving economic, social and cultural life, for around two and a half thousand years.  Facing the old walled city of Istanbul on the southem shore of the Golden Horn is Galata, once a town in its own right surrounded by 3 km long walls with 12 gates, one of which still stands today. Within the outer walls, which stretched between Azapkapı, the Galata Tower and Tophane, Galata was once divided into five areas by inner walls.  A mosaic ...
Faruk Pekin
İZMİR
Turkey’s third largest city, Izmir, is a lively Aegean metropolis. A major industrial and commercial centre, Izmir is also the starting point for visiting the famous resorts and sights in the region.   The bay of Izmir where we used to fish in the Iate 1950s today harbors hardly a living creature. The once-clear waters now emit the smell which has come to characterize the city. The two and three storey neo-classical houses along the esplanade, with their porticos and gardens adorned with statuary, have been swept away to make room for eight storey modern apartment ...
Faruk Pekin
CAPPADOCIA - FARUK PEKİN
The extraordinary landscape makes Cappadocia a singularly fascinating place. An amalgam of col¬ors and shapes, shaped by thou¬sands of years of storms and wind, of settlers and invaders, Cappadocia remains today as an irreplacea¬ble cultural treasure.  It is an ideal spot for those who want to discover new places, for those seeking unique landscapes, for photographers, amateur historians, art historians, Byzantinists and hikers.  Cappadocia is the name given in old times to the rectangular region encompassed by Aksaray, Kırşehir, Kayseri and Niğde. According to ...
Faruk Pekin
KAYSERİ
The Anatolian city of Kayseri is a rich tapestry of old and new. Faruk Pekin takes us on a tour of its historical monuments and marketplaces. Turkish Air Transport flies to Kayseri three times a week. A 4,000 year old trading center, the capital of Cappadocia, once a center of orthodox monastic life, an open air museum of the Seljuk and Beylik periods, a land of beautiful carpets and delicious pastırma... Kayseri is all this and more.  Kayseri sits in a valley to the north of Erciyes Mountain which, with Hasan Mountain and other extinct volcanoes, created the fantastic geological ...
Faruk Pekin
WOODEN MOSQUES OF THE BLACK SEA REGION
The wonderful curving border of the gallery balustrade, intricately decorated ceiling and marvelous woodwork of the mihrab and mimber make Şimşirliköy Mosque well worth the difficult journey to see it. Wood is a material that has been used in Anatolian architecture for at least 10,000 years. When the Seljuks and other Turkish people arrived in Anatolia in the late 11th century, they set about constructing mosques with wooden columns and roofs like those of  Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. The loveliest examples of such mosques, most of which date from the 13th century, are the Ulu ...
Faruk Pekin
In the Pursuit of a Forgotten Love for Tulip from Istanbul
       (Gulhane Park, Sultanahmet & Emirgan) (Past and present Passion for flowers: Tulipomania) Prepared by Necmi Aksoy* Duzce University Faculty of Forestry & DUOF Herbarium Tulips are an everlasting symbol of Istanbul and Turkey, not the familiar varieties with rounded incurving petals seen in northern Europe and North America, but with pointed outward directed petals in the shape of daggers or needles. This stylized tulip decorates the mall between the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia and emphasizes these features, Representing an entire period of Turkish ...
Necmi Aksoy
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