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Folk Music of Greece and Turkey
Samantha Albertson, Timothy Eicher, and John Rodriguez
History of Greek Folk Music
- The Greek people express deeper feelings at various social occasions individually or in groups, on occasions of joy and sadness, as well as in moments of philosophizing life itself. Thus, folk music has accompanied every aspect of a person's life: work (farming, livestock-farming, or other rural ...
... perhaps even more ironic that the current and rather controversial Turkish prime minister, Erdogan now uses a section of the palace as his Istanbul “office” and according to our guide, spends much more time there than at his official office in Ankara with his 20-car convoys adding further to Istanbul’s traffic chaos!
Just a tiny taste of this fascinating city on this visit, but somehow I don’t think that it will be another 36 years until the next one…. ...
the jewels of the empire. The tour was finished off at the entrance of the
Grand Bazaar, a 4000 shop 65 street shopping extravaganza. Death by exhaustion
was imminent, so I saved my shopping for the next day and headed back to the
hotel for a nap and a shower so I could be fresh as a daisy for our night at a
dinner show! What a crazy night! It started off with some traditional dancing
by the ladies, followed by a spectacularly talented ...
Off on a walk along the water front along the Sea of Marmara, the shore is of big black retaining rocks. Pretty soon cruise ships come into view approaching the Golden Horn, the easily defensible narrow waterway between the old and new cities. The open walkway leads to walled off railway construction. Only an overpass gives a good view of the waterway. That leads to the Orient Express Rail Station. This afternoon was orientation and a walk to the Spice Market with pointers along ...
... Grand Bazaar and once again braved the crowds and shop owners who were constantly yelling out compliments and one-liners to try and get us to stop and look at their products and buy something. My favourite's were "Are you from Paradise?" and "How can I spend your money?". Some of them were quite witty and their English was really good but I had really expected something a bit less modern and authentic. Most of the shops were selling manufactured products ...