11/28/2008

A Turkish Odyssey


I just received an email from a very old friend of mine, Mr. Serif Yenen that he would be visiting DC for a seminar at The Smithsonian Institute. I am thrilled with joy and cannot wait to meet him, in person. If you have the time, mark your calendar for this all day seminar in January 2009, you would not regret it. More details below:



ALL-DAY SEMINAR


Sat., Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



PROGRAM DETAILS

Anatolia’s colorful history has left a windfall of cultural riches—ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces. This illustrated seminar highlights the history of ancient Turkey by way of some of its hidden gems.

9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Bronze and Iron Ages: Hattusha, Gordion, Kultepe, and Karum of Kanesh


Hattusha, the Hittites’ capital, was the site of four large temples and elaborate gateways; Gordion was the location of numerous tumuli (grave mounds), including the tomb of King Midas; Kultepe is the site of one of the largest ruins of ancient Anatolia.The Assyrians established complex karums, or settlements, for merchants.

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Hellenistic and Assyrian Periods: Sardis, Didyma, and Epheseus

From ancient synagogue ruins in Sardis to the gigantic Apollo Temple in Didyma to the recent excavations in Epheseus that uncovered the unusual terrace houses, the area is replete with remnants of the Hellenistic era.

12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch

Participants provide their own lunch.

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Christianity in Anatolia: Philadelphia, Cappadocia, Demre

Home to Saint Paul and the seven churches of Asia mentioned in the Revelation of John; distinct Cappadocia with vast underground cities built by early Christians.

3 to 4:30 p.m. Turkish Period: Bursa and Edirne

Bursa, an early Ottoman capital, is where Ulu Cami, the Great Mosque, with its 20 domes is located. We end the day at Edirne, the second Ottoman capital, an example of innovative architecture and city planning.

Lecturer Serif Yenen is the president of the Federation of Turkish Tourist Guide Associations and the author of two guide books on Turkey and Istanbul.

CODE: 1H0-505

LOCATION

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)


Member $85.00
Gen. Admission $120.00
Senior Member $76.00

11/27/2008

Eyvah mimlendim!

Calanon gecen gun beni mimlemisti, ama ancak bu sukran gunu tatilinde firsat bulabildim (sabahtan beri ders calistigim icin bu benim 15 dakikalik hediyem kendime).


En sevdiginiz 10 yer sorulmus, iste cevaplarim :

  • Istanbul’daki yazligimizin bahcesinde kurulan essiz sofralarda, ailem ile yapilan sohbetler.

  • Amerika - New York - Wagner Parki. Downtown’da bulunan bu park uzerimdeki butun huzun ve uzuntuleri almaya muktedir tek yer diyebilirim…

  • Turkiye – Istanbul – Ortakoy. Pazar gunu saatlerce oynanan okey partileri, tekne turlari, enfes gozlemeler, firinda patatesler, midye tavalar, House Café’de limonata vs.

  • Turkiye – Nevsehir – Kapadokya – Yasar Baba’nin yerinde sabahin ilk isiklarinda gunu karsilamak

  • Cekoslovakya - Prag – Charles Bridge, gun batiminda bu koprude kardesimle tekrar yurumek

  • Tayland - Chiang Mai – Fillerle yapilan turlara bir kez daha gitmek, sudan korkan koylulerin yasadigi yerleri dijital kameram ile gorunteleyebilmek.

  • Ispanya - Barselona - Gaudi Park'in mozaiklerine dokunmak

  • Fransa – Paris - Champs-Elysees ‘de ki Cafe Fouquet's, Avusturya - Viyana - Schnitzel at Figlmüller (http://www.figlmueller.at/) ya da Hollanda – Amsterdam - Pasta E Bastada tekrar yemek yiyebilmek. (http://www.pastaebasta.nl/)

  • Turkiye – Mugla – Marmaris. Ilk gencligimin gectigi yer (su andaki ile alakasi yok), Marti Hotel’de yapilan dogumgunu partileri, kumsalda arkadaslarla saatlerce yapilan sohbetler.

  • Evimin mutfagi – ziyaretime gelen arkadaslarla birlikte yaptigimiz enfes kahvalti sofralari


Tesekkurler Calanon!



11/26/2008

Happy Thanksgiving


"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues."
Cicero

11/25/2008

On the road again? In my dreamssssss


On The Road Again by Willie Nelson

On the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin' music with my friends
And I can't wait to get on the road again
On the road again
Goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again,
And I can't wait to get on the road again.

On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We're the best of friends
Insisting that the world be turnin' our way
And our way
Is on the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is makin' music with my friends
And I can't wait to get on the road again


Sometimes I just want to pack & go somewhere that I have never been (instead of this endless studying ).

What is it that YOU want? Vacation? New Job? New Career? To love or to be loved?? or all of the above?

11/24/2008

Ayla Dikmen - Anlamazsin




Su aralar hangi siteye girsem, Cagan Irmak'in filmi ile ilgili yorum, muzik, alinti goruyorum. Merak etmemek elde degil, nedir bu kadar yazilan, cizilen, tartisilan, her izleyenin aglayarak ciktigi, kendisenden birseyler buldugu film. Eksi Sozluk'te yazilan sayfalarca yorumu okudugumda filmi gormus kadar oldum ama yine de insan merakini yenemiyor. Ben simdilik Ayla Dikmen'in guzel yorumu ile idare ediyorum ama bakalim nereye kadar..

11/23/2008

Donmus!!!


Ne guzel... en sevdigim sitelerden biri, yeni yazilari ile aramiza geri donmus..

11/22/2008

Snice - Best Sandwich place in New York City







Hello People, here is a secret this is my favorite Saturday spot for breakfast in the whole world (after my parent's home of course cause both of them are amazing chefs) and their Roasted Veggie sandwich is to die for.. yummm yummm.

SNice ($$) Sandwiches, Vegetarian 45 8th Ave, New York 10014 At W 4th St
Phone: 212-645-0310

Take the A, C or L train to 14th street and walk on 8 Avenue 3 block south... Look for the orange wall :-)) Do not get confused with West 4th stop.. At my first attempt that's what I exactly did and got lost...


Thanks to Jiyoung for introducing me to this cool place... love, love it!!!

11/08/2008

Bohemian Beer Garden - Astoria, Queens






Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
www.bohemianhall.com


2919 24th Ave Astoria,
NY 11102
(718) 274-4925