Istanbul – More To Explore In Turkey!

Did you pass your neighbors and colleagues at St. Sophia or while sorting through trinkets in the Grand Bazaar?  We sent many clients to Turkey this summer, most on their way to the sea, heavenly yacht charters off the coast of Turkey and Greece.

But there is more to see, the Uchisar Village of Cappadocia, this very unique region includes the famous site known as Three Beauties. Created by weather erosion of volcanic turf from Kayseri’s Erciyes Mountain over thousands of years.

Visit one of the world’s oldest-known cave dwellings dating to 1,700 B.C. where ancestors of Hitties lived. Explore the nearby open-air museum Zelve dedicated to the history of this period.

Enjoy an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia to celebrate the sunrise, ending with a champagne breakfast.

Followed by an unforgettable visit to the Valley of Göreme that houses the “Open Air Museum of Rock Carved Churches.” The incredibly beautiful frescoes, adorning the walls of these early churches of Christianity are carved inside the rocks.

Cappadocia’s famous open air museum has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List, as one of the cultural Wonders of the World. Continue to visit the Underground City of Ozkonak – built by the early Christians, who hid here from the persecution of the Roman soldiers.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the secrets and techniques of the traditional weaving art unique to this region. Young village girls from all over Cappadocia learn how to become master weavers of Turkish carpets and kilims, in order to contribute to their traditional dowry before they get married.

Also enjoy a visit to the atelier of the Old Master of Pottery at the Avanos Village.

A flock of clients depart in the next week and we have already reserved tandem Gulets, a traditional design of a two-masted wooden sailing vessel from the south-west coast of Turkey for next summer – Turkey is still sizzling!

Morocco in NY – At The Met

A slice of 14th Century Moroccan life in the Metropolitan Museum is nearing completion. Not since the 1980’s has the museum underwritten a courtyard of this nature. Under wraps since December, fourteen craftsmen from Morocco have been building a medieval Maghrebi-Andalusian-style courtyard, which will feature the museums vast holdings of Islamic art.  The master craftsmen from Fez are specialists in the ancient mosaic tile work known as zellij. Imagine these craftsmen living in New York, working some days in their jabador tunics and crimson fezzes, recreating an ancient courtyard based on specific historical details and artistry, the goal of looking as authentic to Moroccan eyes as to those of scholars. This work is not even done in Morocco any longer, as it is too too expensive.