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Monday, February 27, 2017

THE COOLEST TWITTER FOLLOW


ISTANBUL RESEARCHER

Istanbul Researcher -- @istanbulism on Twitter -- is a treasure trove of still and moving images of the Cultural Capital of Europe.

The site is not political our religious.

Just lots of modern and historic images of one of the most significant cities on earth.

Inspired by the beauty of Istanbul and only on Twitter since September 2016, the site already has more than 200 awesome pictures and videos of the city once known as Constantinople.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

GLAMOUR HOTEL -- SIRKECI, ISTANBUL


OUTDOOR AND INDOOR LUXURY AT JUST THE RIGHT PRICE

Well-placed in the religious interests, sightseeing, culture area of Istanbul city, Glamour Hotel provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 5 km away, and it normally takes about 40 minutes to reach the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

At Glamour Hotel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, taxi service, 24-hour front desk. 

The hotel features 39 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include closet, complimentary tea, towels, wooden/parqueted flooring, slippers. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as garden to make your stay truly unforgettable. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Glamour Hotel.


http://www.glamourhotel.com/

Saturday, February 25, 2017

RUMELI KAHVE & ÇIKOLATA


SIRKECI, FATIH, ISTANBUL

An open letter to these fine makers of chocolate:

I ate chocolate desserts, bought truffles for the road and had hot chocolate at your cafe 5 of the 10 days I was in Istanbul in September.

It was my first trip to the city and I'm so glad I accidentally got off the Tram at Sirkeci instead of Eminonu for the ferry docks.

I wandered into your store, was offered a sample and had more coffee/hot chocolate/snacks there than any place in town -- from the Old City to Golden Horn to Beyoglu to Asian side and beyond.

I am returning to the city in 2017. I purposely booked a small hotel in Sirkeci, just so I'd be a less than 5 minute walk from Rumeli -- for late breakfast, mid-day and even chocolate.

I cannot wait to return.


http://www.rumelicikolatacisi.com/en/homepage

Friday, February 24, 2017

SAPPHIRE HOTEL -- SIRKECI, ISTANBUL


4.5 STAR TRIP ADVISOR RATED PROPERTY WITH ITS OWN TURKISH BATH

The large (60-room), pretty impressive Hotel Safir (Sapphire) fronts on İbni Kemal Caddesi.

It is a mostly pedestrian street populated largely by hotels and restaurants, some with sidewalk tables (like the fine Pasazade Restaurant opposite the Safir.)

There's no traffic to speak of on İbni Kemal, just a few deliveries, and the diners are usually not noisy.


--TurkeyTravelPlanner.com


https://www.hotelsapphire.com/home.html

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ASHTRAY HOUSE

PARK ISLAND, NEW ORLEANS




Frank Lloyd Wright contemporary Albert Ledner used many innovative design techniques and materials in his homes.

But perhaps none so peculiar as the 1,200 amber ashtrays that the architect installed on the exterior of this New Orleans mid-century home.

The 1962 Park Island casa was the home of former Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, aka Bureau of Prisons inmate #32751-034.


(text adapted from NBC Los Angeles online)


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DOC PAULIN HOUSE

NEXT TO LAFAYETTE CEMETERY NO. 2




Ernest "Doc" Paulin (June 22, 1907 – November 20, 2007) was a New Orleans jazz brass band leader and trumpeter.

Paulin was born in WallaceLouisiana, in St. John the Baptist Parish to a Creole French speaking family. Paulin's father played the accordion. Edgar Peters, his uncle, was a trombonist. Paulin relocated to nearby New Orleans in his youth. He was active on the city's music scene since the 1920s and continued performing marching in long parades into the 1990s. His non-Union band gave many young musicians their start in playing professionally.

Paulin had 13 children, six of whom played music professionally, starting in their father's band. His sons continue to have one of the city's better known brass bands, the Paulin Brothers Band. Son Rickey Paulin, a clarinet player, was displaced to Houston by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Paulin's band was featured in Always for Pleasure, an award-winning documentary about New Orleans culture. Paulin recorded in the early 1960s with Emile Barnes on Icon Records, and in 1980 his brass band made an LP released on Folkways. He also performs on the CD by his sons' 1996 Paul Brothers Jazz Band The Tradition Continues.