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How the Ottomans brought coffee to Europe: Bloody battles, bans and brews

How the Ottomans brought coffee to Europe: Bloody battles, bans and brews

Any trip to Turkey is not a true journey unless you relax with a famous Turkish coffee. This famous brew, steeped in history, is officially the world's favourite stimulating drink. The role of Turkey in coffee's long history is not only a crucial one, but a fascinating story stemming from inventing the brewing method still used today, to introducing the drink to Europe almost accidentally. Go pour yourself a cup, and lets learn some interesting facts you might not have known about the famous Turkish coffee. 

The Historical and Future Importance of Turkey

The Historical and Future Importance of Turkey

Turkey has come on leaps and bounds since the turn of the century - with more investment, tourists, and infrastructure than ever before. To understand just why Turkey is attracting so much attention and investment, we need to glance over its rich and colourful historical timeline, which will provide answers to why the eyes of the world are on this country, and why the future is looking so bright for Turkey and the people that inhabit this beautiful land. 

Are you smarter than a Turkish expert? Turkey landmark quiz

Are you smarter than a Turkish expert? Turkey landmark quiz

How well do you think you know Turkey? Well enough to guess which image belongs to which landmark? We have put together a small quiz featuring 10 of the most famous Turkish landmarks you will find - but the question is, can you spot them when only given a small squared detail of the overall image? Have a go and see if you can beat our very own Turkish expert at our Turkish landmark quiz. Strictly no cheating allowed. Answers at the end of the quiz. 

26 April 2015

Demise of an Empire: What Finished the Ottoman Era?

Demise of an Empire: What Finished the Ottoman Era?

Originally a nomadic tribe, the Ottoman Empire stretches as far back as 1299, yet it was not until 1453 when they captured the Byzantine city of Constantinople that the eyes of the world would focus on them. With a presence still felt throughout Turkey today in architecture and culture, the empire was the focus point between the West and the East, but what happened to the Ottomans? Lets take a trip into Turkish history and look at just how and why the Ottoman Empire is no longer in existence. 

Sacred Architecture: The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia of Istanbul

Sacred Architecture: The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia of Istanbul

The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are two dominant and majestic buildings within Istanbul that regularly make the listings in numerous guidebooks and travel blogs as two of the top landmarks to see in Istanbul. Standing directly opposite each other, the stories of these two buildings stretches far back, connecting two of the world’s greatest empires and also two of the world’s leading religions.

Best mountain and nature homes in Turkey

Best mountain and nature homes in Turkey

When you think of Turkey, what comes to mind? Beautiful sandy beaches? Bustling city centre's such as Istanbul? Well did you know that Turkey is awash with some of the most striking nature and beautiful landscapes that you could imagine? An increasing number of real estate buyers are looking to pick up nature escapes and mountain homes, and in this blog we round up the very best rural homes with magnificent views and luxury details.

Westward Bound: The Aegean Coast of Turkey

Westward Bound: The Aegean Coast of Turkey

Starting from the outskirts of Istanbul and stretching southwards al the way to the Marmaris peninsula, the Aegean coast of Turkey is one of the most loved and popular destinations for expats and travellers coming to Turkish shores. Let's take a look at what makes the Aegean coast a must see for anyone looking to head Turkey's way this summer - including Bodrum, Kusadasi, and many more spots to sample the best that the Aegean has to offer.

Qatari Monarch pays Euro 100m for Istanbul Bosporus Yali

Qatari Monarch pays Euro 100m for Istanbul Bosporus Yali

The purchase of a Euro 100 million Istanbul mansion (yali) - the fourth most expensive property in the world - by a Qatari monarch has set tongues wagging. The Bosphorus yali is a prime example of the luxurious real estate found in Turkey's largest, city. The purchase also solidifies Istanbul´s reputation as the firm favourite of Middle Eastern buyers, who are flocking to the city in search of private residences and lucrative buy-to-let properties.

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