Monday, May 23, 2016

The top attractions of Istanbul in the latest issue of Travelife Magazine



This cover of the latest issue of #Travelife Magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication, was shot in beautiful Istanbul, a city I first laid eyes on 25 years ago. I remember walking around the largely pedestrian Old Town, with very few other tourists around, thinking I had opened a page of the Bible and jumped straight in.

Unlike now, there were few truly grand hotels then and the loveliest among them was the original Pera Palas with its ornate filigreed dining room and old-fashioned elevator, complete with velvet banquette seat, potted plants and uniformed attendant.

INTOXICATING ISTANBUL. 
A CITY FOR ALL SENSES. 



These days, Istanbul is a mixture of old, edgy and new, but nevertheless it is still as fascinating and intoxicating as before.

The Travelife Magazine team for this cover included Managing Editor Ceia Ylagan, Creative Director Bryan Arevalo, Contributing Editor Gabby Malvar and cover model Ginggay Hontiveros.

In the course of one week in Istanbul, living a #Travelife, we tried to capture this magic for our readers and I hope this magic is very evident.


PLANNING A TRIP TO TURKEY.
AND ABOUT THE BEST HOTELS IN ISTANBUL.

However, this is something best experienced for one’s self, so I hope you will read our stories and book a trip to Turkey sometime soon. We’ve even made the planning easier for you by providing a shortlist of some of the best hotels in Istanbul.


At the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus
in Istanbul, living a #Travelife...

There are so many wonderful options now compared to on my first visit, and some of these are lovely enough to label as attractions on their own:


BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS,
SO NEAR HEAVEN 



Equally fascinating as a destination for your bucket list is the enigmatic Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which Contributing Editor David Lim explored practically from end to end with a group of photographers.

David has traveled the world many times over, but when I asked him to name one place he cannot stop thinking about, he unhesitatingly replied: “Bhutan, although I can’t give you one specific reason why. It was the whole experience.

His adventure trip unlike any other, accompanied by captivating photographs and tales of a breathless climb up to a remote Paro Taktsang monastery, will certainly ignite your wanderlust.

REMBERING THE GAIETY
AND ART OF PARIS 



Contributing Editor Dondi Joseph also takes a walk on the wild side – of elegant, civilized Paris, that is.

Returning recently to this city he knows inside out, he spent some happy days amidst the gay topsy-turviness of Montmartre, revisiting old haunts and discovering new ones, as well as mulling on the colorful history of Paris' most artistic enclave.

TRADING PLACES 


Meanwhile, equestrienne Michelle Barrera, our newest columnist, exchanges her horses for a car just for a weekend beginning this issue.

She gives us a lively account of her adventures with a tiny car with lots of style and power and — perhaps most importantly — space for practically all her horsey gear and a couple of friends besides.

THE BEST RYOKAN IN JAPAN



Finally, in this issue I write about a stay at one of Japan's two top ryokan, as far as art connoisseurs are concerned. This top ryokan is only a 90-minute drive from Tokyo and it's tasteful but ever so understated -- exactly what the Japanese want, although some foreigners might be left asking: "What's the big deal?"

This ryokan also has over 500 years of history and a great hot springs source that always leaves me feeling completely rejuvenated after a stay.

Intrigued? Get a copy of our latest issue at the bookstores. On sale everywhere now.



OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE:

The latest cool places in New York
How to do Copenhagen on a budget
A photo safari with wild horses in France
The insider's guide to Denmark 
The most unique hotel room in Italy
The world's best street art


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