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4 Luxurious and Extravagant Palaces in Istanbul

4 Luxurious and Extravagant Palaces in Istanbul

As the former capital of both the Byzantium and Ottoman empires, Istanbul has housed and hosted many famous figures throughout history and the palaces are a perfect way to get to know their stories - here are four luxury palaces that you will find in Istanbul. 


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. 


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. 


Topkapi Palace: seat of an empire

Topkapi Palace: seat of an empire

Turkey's largest city, Istanbul is home to many gems and beautiful sites that attract millions every year to the city. However, not many are as grand as Topkapi Palace - designed and built by Sultan Mehmed II in 1459 and completed some six years later, the palace, when it was completed, was surrounded by five kilometres of walls and occupied an area of 700,000 square metres - a stunning site back then, and still today. Any visit to Istanbul is an empty visit unless you take in the breathtaking Topkapi Palace. Here is our total guide to getting the most out of your visit. 


Delights of the Turkish Hamam, amazing baths

Delights of the Turkish Hamam, amazing baths

A tradition dating back more than 300 years, Turkish Hamams are found all over the country and enjoyed by millions of people every year. Offering the ultimate in relaxation and an intimate experience in bathing, the Turkish bath has historically been not only a place to cleanse and ease muscle pain, but a core nucleus to social life in Turkey - a place where political opinions were aired, news is shared, and more. A trip to Turkey without experiencing the pleasure of the Hamam would be a trip wasted. A guide to Turkish Hamams and what makes these amazing baths just that - amazing. 


Enjoy some Greek in Turkey from Bodrum to Kayakoy

Enjoy some Greek in Turkey from Bodrum to Kayakoy

Being neighbouring countries, and with such a rich and intertwined history between the two, you are bound to see Turkish influences on Greek lifestyle, monuments and buildings, and vice versa with Greek influences in Turkish way of life, houses and culture. In this blog, we take a deep look into the influence Greece has had on the formation of two of Turkey's most loved regions - Bodrum and Kayakoy in particular. Stretching all the way back to the Ottoman Empire and beyond, you just might be surprised at what we have managed to dig up from the past in this fascinating read on the historical guidance that came to shape Turkey today. 


Architectural Styles of Turkey Ottomans to today

Architectural Styles of Turkey Ottomans to today

With so much history attached to Turkey, it is no surprise that Turkish architecture has been influenced over the years by many different factors and styles. This is from original and traditional pieces starting from the Ottoman houses, to the fall of the Empire introducing a new generation of architecture and to the current period of modern metamorphosis of Turkish design taking the nation into the 21st century and beyond as a trend-setter in style and exciting presentation. Lets take a look at the historical and future look of architectural property styles in Turkey. 


​The History and Culture of Turkey

​The History and Culture of Turkey

With a rich culture and huge history, Turkey is truly a unique country blending many cultures and histories to provide a colourful haven for those who choose to live in Turkey. In this blog we take a look at how Turkey came to be the country that it is today and the influences that have happened over the course of history that still play in part in painting the countries landscape today. 


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