It is hard to imagine more different nations than citizens of Turkey and Poland. Their variety is reflected in everything, from religion to culinary traditions. Nevertheless, they get on well during more than 150 years in the suburbs of Istambul. We would like to talk about this unique neighbourhood in the rubric 'ghetto in the world'.
In thirty kilometers in the East from the legendary Bosphorus in the outskirts of Asian part of Istambul there are magnificent forests, hills, rivers and refreshing villages that represent the true area of coolness in the hot metropolis for the citizens. As administrative border of the city has finished, there is one of the most favourite villages of Turkey, Polonezkoy what is translated like "Polish village". Today there are nearly 500 people while one third is represented by Polish men who are fluent in Polish language, brilliant at crafts and national cuisine. Polish village is really famous for its cooking feature, not to mention the magnificent nature and a great deal of rest bases. All these peculiarities have made this place so popular for weekend rest of Istambul citizens.Photo i.hurimg.com
Polish people loved these lands in 1840s when the prominent social activist, patriot and sponsor Michael Chaikovskyy came with the important mission. Polish nobility who did not want to give in to the division of their own country between three giant empires, Russian, German and Austrian has come up with the plan to restore sovereignty. During these years the main center of Polish resistance was Paris with numerous politicians, commanders, and executives. However, France could not help Slavic people in the argument with such opponents. In the meantime, Turkey that was afraid of the strong influence of Russia at Balkans and East was ready to give a shelter for Polish people who had to create one more headquarter to continue their fight. On the 19-th of March 1842 at the area of the current Polonezkoy the first Polish hut was settled. Soon these picturesque places welcomed several thousands of Polish people from all the corners of the world. What is more interesting is that among Polish people the name Polonezkoy was not so popular. They came up with another name, Adampol, given in honor of the fighter for independence, Adam Chartoryyskyy who personally bought this territory from sultan sending there Chaikovskyy to be a leader.Photo i.pinimg.com
As we know from the history, the anticipations of Polish people took a lot of time to fulfil. Only in the 20-th century they finally recovered the sovereignty of their country. Despite this fact, during all this time in Polish village at the outskirts of Istambul life was rather interesting. The national newspapers were published, meetings were organized and the churches were built. Even when in 1860-1880 it became evident that so as to continue fight they felt shortage of powers from Turkey, the local Polish people with the majority of nobility qualified to the agricultural men and were not willing to move away. They had fallen in love with these lands and got acquainted with Turkish people who, by the way, act in a respectful and tolerant manner. Moreover, till 1990 when new settlers came searching for work and accomodation in universal Istambul. Apart from traditional crafts, the local citizens still handle agriculture, fishing, and farming transforming the green hills, valleys and forests into the true farm with fruit gardens under 15-million metropolis. The nature and climate allow them to do what they love. That's why they are highly appreciated by Turkish people. It was testified by the high prices for products from Adampol at the markets.Photo neredekal.com
Certainly, nowadays Polonezkoy stopped being as agricultural as it used to be 50 years ago. The travel area in the 21-st century looks much more attractive, nearly 20-30 years ago the authentic restaurants have been built along with hotels and rest houses because these lands gained incredible popularity due to its unusual history and natural resources. Among millions of guests and tourists there were Lech Walesa, Ferencz Liszt, Mustafa Kemal, Gustave Flaubert, etc. All of them found out there something unique what was truly relaxing, say, green landscapes or old wooden village houses from the roofs of which Istambul skyscrapers were visible. By the way, the authorities of the city support the village dealing with infrastructure issues and assigning Polish people to executive positions. All the national institutes, tables on the roads and indicators are dubbed into two languages. It is hard to believe but friendship and tolerance rule there, in Polonezkoy. Turkish like this Polish feature in their city along with the hardworking nature of Slavic people. In their turn, Polish men will never forget that verily Turkey was the only great state in the 19-th century time.
Prague... It is romantic, decadent, sad and cheerful, sublime and spiritual, reflected in the flapping wings of well-fed seagulls on the Charles Bridge, in the mirror pools of Vltava River... Prague is a very attractive and slightly strange European city. Creative copywriter Masha Goldman once spent several days there and told us about Prague charms.
Today we are inviting you for a walk in the oldest neighbourhood in the city of Lisbon, the famous Alfama, an emblematic quarter we often see in the movies and works of popular culture when it comes to the Portuguese capital. Founded by the Moors in the eighth century, the most genuine neighbourhood Alfama blows visitors away immediately with its picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets...
France, Italy and Venice - these names were chosen by foreigners for their restaurants, which gave a grounding for coffee biography of Poland. Residents of the country became one of the first in Eastern Europe gourmets who appreciated taste and flavor of the unusual drink. Only a few were aware of the fact that a new source of pleasure was produced from fruit of the tree once grown in Ethiopia in the wild.
If all the magnificent Istanbul is considered as the heart of regional trade, one of its most luxurious streets, Bagdad Avenue, is, certainly, the main artery. Having appeared there, even rejecting shopping with the whole heart, one feels hardship while trying to keep him balanced and not succumb to temptation to go to the ships and markets. Even though, apart from that, there is something to do here.
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Europe, however, its territory is difficult for living and building due to its steep hilly terrain. Portuguese metropolis is situated on seven densely populated hills. That's why its hallmark is three funicular railroads and the elevator, without which tourists and residents would be much in trouble moving around the city.
Today, without a twinge of conscience, we spend our beloved $ 10 in the main city of the Polish Pomerania - Gdansk. What we can and can not afford in this tourist, industrial and administrative center of northern Poland - read in OUTLOOK.
Marina Orlova is a project manager in a cultural and public organization. Working on one of her international projects, she met her love - Wim, a guy from Belgium. She succeeded to visit his country only when Ukraine obtained visa-free regime and Marina shared with OUTLOOK her observations about how the Belgians live, what they eat for breakfast and how they relax.
One of the smallest capitals of the world – Malé – offers to have a look at the country’s, not 5-star hotel’s, places of interest and to get closer to life of ordinary Maldivians, not people from a room next door. First association that comes to mind at the mention of the Maldives is something azure and pastoral.
Once upon the time, Pygmy peoples lived on the west coast of Africa. They did not have any conflicts with anyone. When they were hungry, they went hunting, picked up nuts and bananas. Then the Mpongwé and the Fang tribes came. After them, the Portuguese arrived and named these lands Gabon. They were followed by the French who acquired the land and declared it as their colony.
If what they show in cinematograph is true than a typical samurai appears to be austere, taciturn and even slightly unsociable person. But this image in actual fact doesn’t get in line with reality... You don’t believe it? Our journalist Elena Rasenko suggests you make sure of it for yourself.
Elena Rasenko has visited Armenia and shares with readers the original charm of the country in which one really wants to stay. Armenians treat their national treasure - khachkars - very reverently and respectfully. These are processed and refined cross stones with a unique ornate pattern. So OUTLOOK proceeds with its story about Armenia.
For many tourists France is mainly Paris with long queues to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, as well as neighbouring sights with royal chic, or Mediterranean resorts. But OUTLOOK author while travelling through the country decided to go to the north, to Normandy! Our readers are welcome to read series of travel essays about a journey to the Atlantic Ocean by Kornei Gritsyuk...
In the world there is an unusual place where the biggest number of twins are born. Although at first glance it looks like a mystical coincidence, statistics makes you believe in miracles. The Indian state of Kerala can boast of a village where unusual things happen. Kodhini is the place with more twins than anywhere else in the world. Actually, there is almost no explanation for this.
It is just as hard to imagine a Japanese who doesn’t eat fish as to picture a Scott who doesn’t drink whiskey. OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko will tell you about a unique place where successors of samurai purchase fine seafood for their tables.
Incheon is considered to be sea and air gateway to South Korea since it has one of the country's largest seaports and the most spacious, world-class airport in the region. The city is growing rapidly: within just a hundred years it developed from a modest port settlement to an ultramodern industrial and tourist hub.
Green slopes covered with heather moorland, deserted suburban roads, narrow streets with small cottages and gardens emitting heady fragrance - it seems that British villages are unchangeable through the passage of time. Like stilled scenery for heroic fantasy fiction, each of them has its own story about great battles, brave warriors and legendary artefacts.
I was heading to this Caucasian state all by myself to completely strange people. Prior to the trip all my friends and relatives warned me more than a dozen times about harsh temper of the hillmen and painted a vivid picture of what kind of difficulties were expecting me, a young woman travelling alone.
Spiegelgasse is originated from German collocation ‘Mirror street’ or ‘Mirror alley’. However, it is not the biggest and the most important street in Zurich. Moreover, it is vice versa, incredibly short and narrow… Well, being situated in the quiet nooks of the old city in such a way that no tourists could see it.
OUTLOOK journalist Elena Rasenko came back from Japan and launches a special series of articles devoted to this country. Warning for very sensitive readers: Beware! After reading, you will get a keen desire to break away, buy a ticket and fly to such a marvelous and fascinating Land of the Rising Sun!
Travelling around the globe lure increasingly every other year and it is so upsetting when all kinds of obstacles arise on the way of undertaking trips. OUTLOOK offers you not to get desperate if you cant set on a journey. Today we suggest you get inspired with movies in which one city or another plays equal part to actors ones. Well tell you about five films that, alongside having artistic merits, educate as good as habitual tour guides do.