ÇIRAĞAN PALACE- HISTORICAL STORY AND REVIEW-

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Çırağan Palace Kempinski-Istanbul-Turkey/2018

Hello Everyone!

Today I want to talk about historical hotels, because I have spent a couple of days in Historical Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel and I want to share my experiences with you.

The gorgeous historic Ciragan Place hotel like a pearl along the Bosporous in Istanbul-Turkey. If people visit the hotel they eventually fall in love it because the hotel was placed on the European coast of the Bosphorus, between Ortakoy and Besiktas neighbourhoods in Istanbul-Turkey, therefore it has a spectacular lovely seascape. As you know, many legendary tales lie hidden behind the doors of history and Çirağan Palace is really one of those great living legends. Hence I want to share its historic story with you. If you have a curiosity to learn about the historical story about a building as me, you can enjoy it.

-Did you know Çerağan meaning ‘light spreading’ in Persian?

Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha of Nevsehir wants to make a Mansion for his beloved wife Fatma Sultan. Therefore, the first waterside mansion was constructed in Kazancioglu area,in 1719. Fatma Sultan always organised Torclit celebrations and festivals in it’s tulip garden, and gardens decorated with kind of torches in the evening. Therefore it was called Ciragan Place by Ottoman people, because Çirağan meaning is a spread light and the name derived from the Persian word.

About a century later, Sultan 2.Mahmut ordered to have The Çırağan mansion demolished and rebuild a new Place. His architecture made it entirely out of stone and the 40 columns gave it a classical look. The construction took about 12 years. In 1791 the Palace was sold to 3. Selim’s Sister Beyhan Sultan but one day 3.Selim visited his sister and during his visit, he was enamoured with the Çirağan Palace and Sultan purchased it from his sister for himself. Sultan began spending most of time at the Place and he written magnificent  poetry, also he created some gorgeous poetries in this Palace. After Sultan 3.Selim, Çirağan Palace went back to being ‘the Favourite mansion’ of Sultans.

In 1834 Sultan 2. Mahmut decided to rebuild the Place and he demolished the Place together with School and Mosque. it’s construction took about eight year, New Çrağan Palace was magnificent with the classical appearance.

After the years, in 1863Sultan Abdulaziz whose carried out his brother wishes, and he ordered Agop Balyan to  build a Place, He used North African architectural techniques for the new Place and a new stone foundation was built in its place. Also gorgeous priceless doors of the Palace were each made by Vortik Kemhaciyan and worthy 1000 gold coins. In for years, German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm visited Çırağan Palace and he admired the palace doors therefore 2.Sultan Abdulhamit had gave one of the door as a present to his close friend Kaiser Wilhelm, he sent that door on display at the Berlin Museum. Çırağan Palace was completed in 1871 and 2.5 million gold coins were spent. But unfortunately, a rumour spread among the public. Due to rumour,  if the Palace take the House of Mevlevi for the incorporation of its land into the Place estate, it would bring bad luck. Therefore Sultan Abdulaziz moved to Dolmabahce Palace and he lived in there.

In 1909, the Çiragan Palace was used by the government as Turkish Parlement Building, the building decorated valuable paintings from the art collection of Sultan 2.Abdulhamid, the art works had made by Ayvazovsky and Rembrant . Unfortunately, in 1910 a cruel fire  which is known to have started in the attic heating system and destroyed the place within 5 hours, including excellence antiques, 2. Abdulhamid of the art collections and books from the library of Murad the 5.

In addition, An army captain damaged the grave site of the dervishes in the basement of the Palace while digging for gold after the  years of the fire. At the and of the first world war, during the occupation of Istanbul, The ruined Çiragan Palace was used as ‘Bizo Barrack’ by the French military for the corps engineers. Another saddened event that, Besiktas Futbol Club had cut some trees in the Palace garden for using as stadium in 1930. After the short time, Prof. Bonatz and Architect Prof. Sedat Hakki Elder had investigated about building a hotel in this area.

In 1985 the Sanbar Group signed a letter of understanding with the Government to renovate the Çırağan Palace and transform from the Palace to a 5 star hotel. The construction started in 1987 and after the Kempinski Group was awarded the contract for the hotel management and operations. Çırağan Palace Kempinski opens its door to public in 1990. Since then Çırağan Palace Kempinski has been hosting to  the different country people.

In conclusion, Amazing location and historic story of the hotel, satisfy staff, hotel’s waiters are very friendly and attentive, tidy comfortably rooms and delicious foods. The service in the hotel is  good level one would expect at a Kempinski. If you have no complain classical fashioned and you love historic style place, it can be enjoyable for a short break in Istanbul. There is endless views of the city, you can see that, east meets west from the Palace balcony. The hotel has an lovely pool on Boshporus, garden which is spectacular place to hang out with friends or family, for a cup of coffee, tea.Finally there is a fine dining restaurants and bars, Restaurants has good  gastronomic experiences.

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Çırağan Palace-2018

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Çırağan Palace-Istanbul-2018

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Çırağan Palace-Istanbul-Turkey-2018

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Çırağan Palace-Istanbul-Turkey-2018

 

 

Address: Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul / Çırağan Caddesi 32/ 34349 Istanbul-Turkey.

 

 

Thank you very much for stopping by. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-KAŞIBEYAZ RESTAURANT IN ANKARA-TURKEY

-RESTAURANT REVIEW/ KAŞIBEYAZ RESTAURANT IN ANKARA-TURKEY-

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Kaşıbeyaz Restaurant in Ankara-TURKEY

-Hi everybody!
If you are in Ankara-Turkey or visiting to Ankara and you are looking for a good traditional restaurant, it is worthy to visit. Kaşibeyaz Restaurant is well- known restaurant in Istanbul-Turkey and The restaurant was opened a new branch of Ankara about 2 years ago.

There was two reason I went to this restaurant. First reason is that, I wanted to try traditional food and to experience a local culture, they were pretty good.Second reason, It has an excellent location, because the restaurant located in the middle of the Ataturk Forest Botany and we have visited it recently, The restaurant has been decorated with a nice classic style also it has South Eastern Anatolia kitchen. We had a pleasant surprise in there they offered a full selection grilled meat and kofte, flat bread, salad, grilled peppers, tomato, even excellent sliced fruits! Yes, you read that right, and I tried all of the food on my table, in addition, grilled kofte was spicy also the meat was juicy, buttery, well-done and so good. Also, If you want to experience something than typical meze or kofta-meat, you can try ‘Mumbar Dolma’ the Dolma is made from cleaned sheep intestine,(cleaned sheep intestine is stuffed with ground meat, rice, herb, spices, butter and than stuffed intestine cooks in a saucepan).

In addition, the appetiser was simple but very enjoyable. Salad was made fresh herb with grape vinegar sauce, it was mouth-watering . Service was very friendly, if you don’t know speaking Turkish it doesn’t matter, because the menu has been prepared in English and Turkish. Also if you would like to choose a clean restaurant, I have to say that, the restaurant was clean. However, their dinner music choosing was not good, they should choose a relaxing music. They have a huge, good garden and a smoking lounge. Families prefer to go there in general and Some time, Business meetings do in there. But they don’t serve booze at  Kasibeyaz Restaurant in Ankara. They serve some treat,  such as; fruit, tea and coffee.

Finally, the restaurant was no crowded too much and the food was a bit costly at this restaurant. Nevertheless, We were happy to make the reservation and I have took some photo for you. I hope, you will enjoy!

 

 

 

Kaşıbeyaz Restaurant Adress in Ankara-TURKEY: Ataturk Orman Ciftligi, Emniyet Mahallesi, No:72, Yenimahalle, Ankara.

 

THE DEBATE OVER CAPITAL CITIES, COMPARING TWO CITIES, ANKARA-LONDON.

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COLOURFUL AND THRILLING BUTTERFLIES-

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In August I came to London for a visit and since I have spent some quality time, the base of my exploration was of course a Cooking class in London but I went to a Butterfly exhibition too, that took me back my childhood. Also I have learned more about the butterfly’s life and as you walk through the butterfly house, you can witness the life cycle of the butterfly from egg to crawling Caterpillar and then into the amazing butterfly.

You can sea there that Butterflies have a very characteristic flying style and Butterflies go through a complete metamorphosis. This means that there are four parts in a Butterfly’s life.

The first part is the egg; a Butterfly starts its life as an egg.

The second part is the Caterpillar, It looks like bird droppings on a leaf but it is a Caterpillar in disguise.

The third part is the chrysalis ( sometimes called pupa)

The fourth is the adult; this adult will continue the Cycle and Butterflies are able to change from one stage to another rapidly.

Butterfly wings are  covered with thousands of tiny, overlapping Scales, which are tiny sensory hairs and they are pigmented with a melanins which give them yellows, browns, but many of the blues, reds,blacks, greens, and iridescent colours are created by the micro-structures of the hairs not only but also The butterfly’s body is covered by tiny sensory hairs.

In addition, butterflies can fly when their body temperature is above 27C.degrees-(81°F) and adult butterflies feed only a liquids nectar from flowers , they obtain sugar for energy and the other minerals for reproduction.

 

I took some photos for you and I hope, you enjoy as well as I enjoyed!

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Butterfly exhibitions place: Natural History Museum, Cromwell road, SW75BD. LONDON/ UK.

 

 

 

COOL CITY ANKARA / TURKEY

 

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Ankara,Turkey’s capital city is the second most popular and cool city. The city has modern buildings and fine transport network. Ankara is located at the heart of central Anatolia, the population is about 5 million.Today’s modern city Ankara has a large population of university students and government workers, foreign diplomats and embassy staff therefore Ankara offers fine transport,modern shopping and great restaurant,lovely cafes.

Ankara is a young and dynamic city but Ankara has varied history which Hittite,Hellenistic, Roman,Byzantine,Selcuk,Ottoman civilizations. The oldest part of city surrounded the Ankara Castle,old Turkish house where some of them were restored by city council. The area has several art gallery,souvenir shops,cafes and fine restaurants. The city has important historic places and they interest to visitors, among them are The temple of August,pillar of Julian,Roman baths,The museum of Anatolian civilization,The museum of Etnography and The war of independence  museum.One of the important districts in Ankara is Cankaya district which contains the Ataturk forest farm-zoo,Eymir lake,Elmadag ski facilities,quality restaurants,cute cafes and also there are some  Carpet making workshop,Hand woven bags workshop within this area.

In addition,Ankara has some beautiful villages and the villages are settlement from the Early bronze ages.Some of villages is so famous by thermal spring and mineral water.They are known to be beneficial for those in poor healthy. Moreover Ankara of the some villages have the vineyard, one of the famous vineyard village is Kalecik village that village produce fine quality red vine.Besides of lovely another village is Beypazari village.This village history goes back to Hittites and this district is so charming for food lovers because of Beypazari village has culinary civilitation,historical houses,silver craftsmen,carrot products.The village people is open-minded,friendly and helpful.Finally I want to add that transport is possible to get to any point by bus, the bus station is in Cankaya district of Ankara. Ankara a transit point for travelling to some places like fairy chimney city Cappadocia(Turkish:Kapadokya), historic city Sivas and such.

I took  some photos for  you, I hope enjoy!

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A View Sihhiye square/Ankara

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A view Kizilay square/Ankara

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A view Kizilay Street/Ankara

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A view Ulus Square/Ankara

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A view ulus street/Ankara

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One of the city’s icon /Atakule Tower-Ankara

 

There are some photo from the oldest part of Ankara city , Hamamönü and Ulus.

The old castle is a touristic location in Ankara, approaching the castle there are many restaurants, Museums, Art gallery,souvenir shops and you can see panoramic view of Ankara from the top of the castle.

There is one of the best cafe in Cengelhan in Ankara castle.

The old castle of Ankara very historical and Built is not known with certainly, it was build by the Hittities but this idea is not certain .The castle restored many times by Romans and Byzanties then Seljuks,Ottoman empire.

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM/ LONDON

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Hello everyone!

If you are planning to visit London and you have kids then absolutely bring them because  Natural history museum that is great place for you. Natural history museum free get in, the architec is awesome ; rooms and rooms full of replicas and interact with. Dinosaur exhibit is pretty good and the volcano, earth, bird exhibitions are very interesting . I was interested that is Darwin  section and some bird kinds which live in volcano area.

if you want to eat something there is a cafe in the museum and there is a gift shop indoor. The museum worthy seeing. Museum is located a short walk from the tube. I took some photos for you, I hope you enjoy as me!

 

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London Natural History Museum Address : Cromwell Road / SW75BD/ London/ UK.

-MACAROON-

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Hello everyone! I visited my daughter in London last month. My daughter and l decided to join L’atalier des Chefs Macaron making class. I am so fond of macaroons because French macaroons are colorful,sweet bites of happines.

We joined L’atelier des Chefs macaroons making class which was a lovely, friendly, little cooking  class in  St.Poul’s in London. We enjoined so much and we made macoroons then we shared them between baking class friends. They were very cute and delicious.

There are two methods of making macaroons. French meringue and Italian meringue method. Our Chief prefer using French meringue method because it gives softer and lighter shall texture or maybe because our Chief had more success with French method than Italian.

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