Nazarkoy, the cherished village of Izmir

Izmir is the third biggest city of Turkey on the west, in the heart of Aegean region. It is a fast-growing city; it gets many migrations from other parts of the country. Despite the dense population, natural beauty is well-preserved in the region.

Izmir is big which offers facilities of urban lifestyle, a well-developed economy, and transportation. Skyscrapers, expensive stores, and chic cafes flourish a part of the city. The historical part of the town is well-preserved. There are two famous landmarks are present, the clock tower and Kizlaragasi (Ottoman) shopping hall. You can photograph the clock tower and shop traditional local goods from the mall.

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Discovering Sicily Part 2: Villa Romana Del Casale

When given an opportunity, humans have the tendency to make their living environments rich with opulent decorations since the early civilizations. Ancient Roman villas are one of the supreme examples of environments for domestic life using artistic depictions on decorations.

In the Roman times, the word “villa” was first used to call the houses living upper-class people, and they were constructed on the rural sites, out of city walls. Villas were not only residential buildings but also an administration center the surrounding land. The owners mostly are from upper classes, and aristocrats so they were public figures, and their private properties were familiar places to meet with society. (more…)

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Touring Around Luxembourg City Part 2

Luxembourg City is the capital of Luxembourg which is a prominent center with many well- preserved historical sites and recently developed modern buildings. The historical sites in the city are from the 16th century with the architecture style of Flemish Renaissance.

My visit to Luxembourg was on a dry weekend in early spring. During my journey, I toured around the city center and discovered some local touristic attractions and had a chance to taste out some traditional, local food. Here is an illustrative map describing the routes that I pursued, the sights and places are numbered. The routes were drawn from Google Maps. (more…)

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Touring Around Luxembourg City Part 1

In between Germany, Belgium, and France, there sits a very small and beautiful country which is called Luxembourg. The seventh smallest country of European Union. Despite its size, Luxembourg has one of the highest per capita in the world, and the official name is Grand Duchy of Luxembourg since 1815. Throughout the history, Luxembourg remained wealthy thanks to the steel industry. Today, there is an important investment place in the world, a financial center for many banks and companies.

The capital of the country is called Luxembourg City, which is a prominent center with many well- preserved historical sites and recently developed modern buildings. Many of the buildings were constructed in the 16th century and the style is inspired by Flemish Renaissance Architecture. Here is an informative web article about the history of Luxembourg. (more…)

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Exploring Barcelona Part 1: Places With Good Tastes

Barcelona, the crowned Mediterranean is an inspiring city with traces of many years of history. There is joyful, artistic and also delicious. It is possible to find many different kinds of healthy cuisine, a true source of happiness.

Spanish food is great, especially tapas, paella and sangria are my favorite. Enjoying this Spanish and Catalan delight in Barcelona is a fantastic experience especially when it is combined with this city’s exciting atmosphere. (more…)

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Pokémon Go Experience in Wenceslas Square, Prague

Pokémon GO is a recently launched game introduced to the world by Nintendo and soon became very popular. The game is unique because virtual characters are set up on the real world map which took the concept of gaming into a new dimension.

Pokémon GO may look complicated, but it is an easy game to grasp. You have an avatar which is placed on the map. The goal is to collect Pokémons to train and fight and join teams on virtual “gyms”. When you launch the app for the first time you need to create a character which will automatically be placed to your current location. (more…)

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Goethe House in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is one of the biggest German city and an important culture, art and commerce centre of Germany as it was in the 18th century. During the Early Modern Era (between 16th to 18th century), science and innovation have grown rapidly with the invention of printing press.

John Wolfgang Goethe was one of the residents of Frankfurt who was born on August 28, 1749. Goethe came to the world in a house located in the heart of the city, which belonged to a high-status family. He spent his early life in Frankfurt, almost the first quarter of his life and this was very influential in forming his mindset and social attitude.    (more…)

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Sirince Village: The Pearl of Mountain Ephesus

Turkey is a charming country, offers a wide variety of culture with its multi-national history. A good example for this multicultural mixture is Sirince Village, located near Selcuk, a town of Izmir famous for its ancient city Ephesus.

Sirince means “Cutie” in Turkish, and as its name indicates, it is a lovely village located on top of Ephesus mountain approximately 400 meters above the sea level situated to 8 km east of Ancient Ephesus City.

When you visit Sirince Village, it is possible to find the traces of Greek, Turkish and Balkan in the architecture. Sirince also offers many things at the same time such as nature, organic food, stylish architecture, wine tasting and the sunny weather. (more…)

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A look-back to Valencia Part 2: City of Arts and Sciences

Valencia is a very beautiful city with impressive architecture. In Valencia you can experience history and modernism as you wander to different side of the city…History is undoubtedly well-preserved in the centre of Valencia (See the previous post about the Historical Part of Valencia). 

As you walk away from the city centre you will start seeing beautiful examples of modern architecture…There you also see The City of Arts and Sciences (La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) which is considered as the modern face of Valencia. Very impressive building complex which definitely deserves visitors attention.

The City of Arts and Sciences (La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias):

The City of Arts and Sciences is one of the most important touristic attraction in Valencia. It started being constructed in 1996 and completed in 1998 over the old river bed of Turia. Designer and architect of City of Arts and Sciences is Santiago Calatrava (See below for more information). The building complex consist of six areas. (more…)

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La Pepica: a place to experience the real paella, “Paella Valenciana”

It is world-wide known that Paella is a typical Spanish dish, however if you want to taste the most traditional Paella, you should definitely visit Valencia and try one there. Valencia is known as the birthplace of paella.

Main ingredients of Paella are rice, saffron, green beans and meat. It is actually a perfect example of cultural mixture. Paella is a unique dish derived from combination of Arabic and Spanish cuisine because the rice had imported to Iberia peninsula by the Arabs for the first time. The Spanish word for rice (arroz) was also derived from Arabic. Now, Spain is one of the leading countries in Europe for rice production. (more…)

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