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Meeting in Turkey

posted Jul 28, 2013, 7:26 PM by ami comenius   [ updated Jul 28, 2013, 7:28 PM ]

"Academy of multiple intelligence",

program "Comenius" - Multilateral School Partnerships, in Istanbul, Turkey

"Istanbul city on two continents and city ​​of several civilizations"

I have lots of very pleasant impressions of our kind host’s hospitality in Istanbul during the third workshop on the project, "Academy of multiple intelligence", sub-program "Comenius" - Multilateral School Partnerships. Our stay in Turkey lasted four days: from 3 June 2013 to 6 June 2013. Petya Nikolova, Yordanka Ilieva and I left Veliko Tarnovo by bus on June 2 2013 at 8.30 in the evening. We arrived in Istanbul about 7 am on Monday - 3 June. Osman, the project coordinator from Turkey, welcomed us and took us to our hotel "Avchilar" in the eponymous district of Istanbul, which is dominated by Bulgarian emigrants. The majority of staff in the hotel was of Bulgarian expatriates. At about 9.00 am we arrived at the school involved in the project from Turkish part. The school, built on a European project, teaches from Grade 1 to Grade 8 in several classes of each year. After our tour of the school building, Petya Nikolova, Yordanka Ilieva and I visited a Music class in Grade 2. All the students there were playing a music instrument, called flute and sang notes and children's songs in Turkish. We took lots of photos together. We had lunch in the school and then headed by bus to the Galata Tover. We climbed the tower, where a wonderful view of the impressive megapolis opened before our eyes. We took pictures of all that beauty. After that we had some spare time and later in the afternoon we returned to Avchilar by bus and had dinner at a restaurant not far from our hotel. On the next day /4.06.2013-TUE / we met in the school again. Each of the partner countries showed their presentation - the Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Romania, Greece, Portugal and Bulgaria. During breaks our kind hosts offered us tea. Again, we had lunch in the school. Later we met our friendly host, Osman, and headed on a trip by boat on the Bosphorus. I here saved the scenes in wonderful photos from our 2-hour boat trip. Then we visited Ayasofya. "St. Sofia" is the largest and most impressive historical monument left by The Byzantium. It was first a church, later converted into a mosque, but since 1934, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk turned it into a museum, it is such till today.

At the end of the day we visited the famous bazaar / Grand Bazaar / KAPALI CARSI /. In the evening we had dinner at the famous restaurant Taşhan / Tashan / with a dancing show. Nowadays oriental restaurant, known for the phenomenal series "1001 Nights - Scheherazade" - Tashhan was built by Mustafa III in 1763 to shelter and accommodate his guests during certain visits. The building is connected by a large garden with tanks from the Byzantine period, when it bore the name Sipahi Han. It was used for water supply during the Byzantine Period. After this period, Taşhan is called "Katardzhalan Han" and "Kurecheshme Han" and during the republican period it was last given the name "TASHHAN." After its construction, Taşhan was used as a Byzantine storage tanks of water carried by the seven hills located within the city. After this period during the Ottoman Empire, the room is used for caravanserai. From today's perspective its restaurant complex is used for commerce. There are small shops with interesting proposals for the everyday life of the people.

On the next day / 5.06.2013, Wednesday / we again had a workshop at 9.00 am. We discussed the next project meeting in October 2013 in Estonia. Then we went to visit the next site - Topkapi Palace. Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Palace) or Topkana Saray is one of the foundations of Turkish history palaces, which were based on the administration of the Ottoman Empire. This delightful palace complex was built at Cape Seralio which is the east side of Old Istanbul. Located between the Golden Horn and the Sea of ​​Marmara Topkapi is an amazing view of the Bosphorus. We had lunch in the luxurious restaurant Konyali in Topkapi Palace, where the friendly hosts offered us traditional dishes from the Turkish cuisine. In the afternoon we visited Sultanahmet / Blue Mosque /. ​​Blue Mosque is one of the most perfect creations of man and one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul. It is a unique achievement of the arts and surpasses the expectations of even the most daring architectural views. Particularly impressive is its beautiful domes, gardens and its six refined minarets, wrapped in a mysterious legend. The Blue Mosque was built by order of Sultan Ahmed I. Legend has it that he ordered the famous architect of the time Mehmed Aga to begin construction of one of the most magnificent mosques ever built. Construction began in 1609 and ended in 1616. This stately building’s position is opposite the Hague Sofia church in Istanbul, as if in competition with it.

We returned to the Avchilar and had dinner in Koprulu Kebap.

On the last day of our stay in Istanbul 6 June 2013 / Thursday / after breakfast at the hotel Petya, Yordanka and I visited the exhibition in the school of devices and applications made by students in art classes and labor training. It was of paper, cardboard and waste materials. Everything was again saved in pictures. We spent the afternoon leisurely shopping in Avchilar. In the evening the Art teacher from the school Hafize Topaloglou and her husband / Bulgarian emigrants / helped us a lot with the transfer of luggage to the station, where we had to get on the bus back to Bulgaria.

I am grateful to our kind hosts from Istanbul for the warm welcome and the respect they demonstrated towards us.

                                   by Milka Triffonova / Milka Trifonova /


Pictures from meeting