If you are travelling to Turkey in winter time you should try Salep. In some places it is also known as Sahlep. Tastes like melted white chocolate with cinnamon shavings on top.
Salep is made out of dried powdered root of Orcid. It is a traditional Turkish winter HOT drink. Have been served since the reign of Ottoman Empire. The starch is mixed with hot milk and some cinnamon on top.
Best place to have Salep is Ozsut Patiserie shops.
Salep, like Turkish Delight and Turkish coffee is a must to be experienced drink during your travel to Turkey. But it is only available in winter time.
Salep is also used for ice cream making in Turkey. A region called Maras is known with their sticky ice cream made out of Salep. Best to experience is Mado Patiserie pistacio ice cream.
Your Excellency (Atatürk),
As Honorary President of the World Union "OZE" I beg to apply to your Excellency to allow forty professors and doctors from Germany to continue their scientific and medical work in Turkey. The above mentioned cannot practice further in Germany on account of the laws governing there now. The majority of these men possess vast experience, knowledge end scientific merits and could prove very useful when settling in a new country.
Out of a great number of applicants our Union has chosen forty experienced specialists and prominent scholars, and is herewith applying to Your Excellency to permit these men to settle and practice in your country. These scientists are willing to work for a year without any remuneration in any of your institutions, according to the orders of your Government.
In supporting this application, I take the liberty to express my hope, that in granting this request your Government will not only perform an act of high humanity, but will also bring profit to your own country.
I have the honour to be, Your Excellency's obedient servant,
Prof. Albert Einstein
Last week I had the pleasure to tour with Cooper Family. I leaded tours for them both in Istanbul and Ephesus. For the travellers who are planing to travel to Turkey in the near future, the blog could be very helpful. It has so many pictures:
Istanbul Tour for Turkish Airlines intransit passengers who have time to see Istanbul between two flights
We designed a private tour for Turkish Airlines intransit passengers who have time to see Istanbul between two flights. Available until April 14, 2015
The tour description is as follows:
Meet with your guide at Istanbul airport take the subway and then tram to the old city. The impressive Hippodrome is your first stop. Then visit the Blue Mosque named for the vivid Iznik tiles which line its interior. Browse the amazing Topkapi Palace-official residence of the Ottoman Sultans-with courts, pavilions, mosques, fountains and a treasury. Finally, you will stop at the jewel in Turkey's Byzantine crown-the Museum of St Sophia. This splendid Church of Divine Wisdom was originally built in the 6th century AD and was lovingly restored in the 1900s, reflecting the true history of the glorious city of Istanbul. On the way to Grand Bazaar stop for local Turkish Tea or coffee and some pastry. Enjoy some time at the Grand Bazaar. Continue to Mahmutpasa local shopping district. See the local shops selling wedding dresses, shoes... Proceed through the commercial area passing Ottoman monuments to the famous Spice Market. Stop at a local dealer and sample Turkish Delight, apple tea and nuts. Cross to the New City over Galata Bridge. View Istanbul`s stunning monuments. In Karakoy take the Komando steps to walk by the Galata Tower. Walk through the Jewish neigbourhood. See the first mosque of Istanbul from 1453. Walk through the musical instrument stores and fruit juice dealers to Istiklal Street. Walk on the main road of Istiklal Street. See the 19th century buildings, consulates, shops, restaurants, small snack bars, cinemas, etc. Enjoy a local Turkish meal at a local restaurant in Beyoglu. Take the airport shuutle from Taksim to the airport.
1 person: 110 Euro
2 persons: 60 Euro p.p.
3 persons: 45 Euro p.p.
4 persons: 40 Euro p.p.
5 persons: 35 Euro p.p.
- English speaking guide Denizhan Pekoz
- All transportation costs (subway, tram, airport shuttle charges)
- Tax, service charges
- Turkish Meal
Rate Does Not Cover
- Entrance fees to Topkapi Palace (11 Euro p.p.) and St. Sophia (11 Euro p.p.)
For more information contact Denizhan.
Denizhan Pekoz, licensed tour guide, the writer of www.EphesusTravelGuide.com will be in Istanbul till the end of April. Offers winter deals on Istanbul walking Tours.
The walking tour include visits to Blue Mosque, Hipodrome, Church of St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Mahmutpasa local shopping district, Spice Market, Galata Bridge, Karakoy Jewish Neighbourhood, Galata Tower District, Tunel, Istiklal Street and lunch in a local restaurant.
Guide Only cost: 130 Euro for your group upto 14 people
For tour bookings between February 07 2015 and April 14 2015. We are offering %30 discount.
Entrance fees are not inlcuded to the above rate.
Entrance fees are only applicable for Topkapi Palace and Church of St. Sophia.
Cost of entry for Topkapi Palace: 11 Euro per person, cost of entry for Church of Hagia Sophia: 11 Euro per person
Children under 11 are free of charge.
Enjoy Istanbul with a recommended tour guide.
For more infrmation about Denizhan Pekoz you can also watch the Turkey documentary he leaded: http://vimeo.com/34096104
Click the following link to see the pictures of a walking tour that Denizhan Pekoz leaded last week for Cooper family: http://www.swisscoopers.com/2012/02/15/istanbul-turkey-day-5-walking-tour-of-istanbul/
Leaded two wonderful tours in Ephesus and Istanbul for Cooper Family. Cooper Family has a wonderful web site where they display Ephesus Tour Pictures. Click the follwoing link for Cooper Family Ephesus Tour Pictures:
My dear friend Erdal took over a restaurant and renamed it as Pera Diner. Offering low cost home made Turkish Food. Make sure to have a lunch or dinner at his place. It is located at the junction point of Balik Pazari (Fish Market) and Nevizade Street. Very easy to find. Good food for less price.
If you are in Istanbul and looking for a houkha place. This is also the right address.
Here is the google map for Pera Diner Restaurant:
About two weeks ago me and my wife we went on a trip to mid Europe visiting Vienna, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest. It was very cold but very enjoyable. My favorite destination among the sites was Prague. Very clean and very well preserved. I highly recommend everyone visiting Prague. Make sure you visit Cezky Krumlov during your visit to Prague.
Due to my wife`s commitments in Istanbul. I will be in Istanbul till the end of April. I do walking tours in Istanbul. For Istanbul tours please do not hesitate to contact with me.
The walking tours include Topkapi Palace, Hipodrome, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Mahmutpasa local markets, Spice Market, Galata Bridge, Karakoy Jewish Neigbourhood, Galata Tower, Tunel, Istiklal Street, Beyoglu.
This a very enjoyable walking tour. By walking you see more of Istanbul. Since there is no vehicle involved costs are also very reasonable.
If you have any questions about Istanbul please do not hesiate to write.
Above walking tour can also be done out of Istanbul airport for especially Turkish airlines passengers who have time between two flights. Transportation from the airport is made with subway and tram. It takes 30 minutes to reach the old city. The tour ends at Taksim guests take havatas shuttle back to the airport.
A Turkey Documentary by Travel with Spirit Media, leaded by Denizhan Pekoz (the writer of www.ephesustravelguide.com) as a tour guide will be shown in US Channels soon. The movie is about the 7 Churches mentioned in the book of revelatiTo watch the movie please clik the following link: http://vimeo.com/34096104
Depending on availability you can book Denizhan for your private tour to Ephesus and other Turkey Destinations.
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