Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
When my college philosophy teacher gave a lecture on the Latin term "Carpe Diem," I was certainly sitting at the front of the class and paying attention. Carpe Diem means to "seize the day," and it was popularized by the movie "Dead Poets' Society." At least that's how I feel, thinking about my life and my rather crazy schedule over the past years. I've been on a plane, train or car practically every week since I can remember; and when I'm actually in Manila, I'm either working ferociously or attending a whole string of events. Or on BBM.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Visit TOPKAPI PALACE AND MUSEUM. The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire, featuring a harem, treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn.
Visit the SPICE BAZAAR. Built in 1660 with the taxes collected from the trade of Egyptian herbs and spices, the exotically domed bazaar is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffront, mint and thyme.
Also visit the GRAND BAZAAR. In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. We'll take you to some of our favorite shopping places here.
Visit the BLUE MOSQUE. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style, with six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.
Visit the AYA SOFYA , one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. This former basilica and mosque is now the Saint Sophia Museum, and it’s often called it as the 8th wonder of the world.
Visit the HIPPODROME. Istanbul’s Byzantine Hippodrome was the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history. Monuments decorating the Hippodrome include the 3500-year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk of Theodosius, brought to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in 390 AD.
Visit TAKSIM SQUARE, Istanbul's main shopping district, and the DOLMABAHCE PALACE. The Dolmabahce Palace was the last residence of the Ottoman sultans, and is famous for its impressive collection of European antiques, furniture and a massive chandelier given to the sultan by Queen Victoria. The enormous palace has 365 rooms, one for every day of the year, and 22 saloons.
Visit the charming town of Avanos, which has been making pottery for centuries. Here we'll visit a pottery workshop where you can watch artisans at work on this centuries-old art form, and even have a chance to try the potter's wheel yourself.
Walk through the Goreme Open Air Museum, a fantastic natural park with cave churches and settlements, and awe-inspiring rock formations.
See the Uchisar Rock Castle, an ancient fortress situated on the highest point in Capadoccia, with churches carved out of the rocks on its ramparts.
See the Devrent Valley, famous for its beautiful rock formations known as "fairy chimneys."
See Pigeon Valley, an area full of pigeon houses carved out of the mountains. In the olden days, the pigeons were trained to deliver messages across Capadoccia.
Get a chance to walk through the Kaymakli Underground City, the widest underground city in Capadoccia that dates back as old as 2000 BC.
As with our previous tours, we'll be offering cultural shows and fine dining options every evening in Istanbul, that can be considered among the finest that this city has to offer. Get a chance to dine in a fine restaurant that serves food based on recipes from the Topkapi Palace kitchens in the 13th century. Have the best kebab in Istanbul, in a lively restaurant so out of the tourist track that only Travelife tourists have been.
In Capadoccia, we'll be offering an authentic whirling dervish show, a lively Turkish Night evening, and a a chance to take the sunrise hot-air balloon ride across the Capadoccian plains.
In all these amazing experiences, benefit from the personalized service and expertise of Travelife in this country we know like the back of our hand.
Included in the price:
*Roundtrip international flights
between Hong Kong and Turkey
*Roundtrip domestic flights
between Istanbul and Izmir
*Five-star hotel accommodations on a twin-sharing basis
*All guided tours
*Daily buffet breakfasts
*Three-course lunches or dinners as listed in the itinerary
*All porterage fees in Turkey
*All entrance fees and guided tours listed in the itinerary
*Private sunset cruise and dinner along the Bosphorus