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Tulip (lâle) is one of the symbols of Turkey and since hundreds of years, has a special place in our architecture, decorative arts, literature, names, etc. In Europe tulip is mostly known as the flower of Netherlands but as the real tulip lovers gonna know, the first tulip bulb is introduced and gifted to NorthWestern Europeans by a Turkish sultan, Süleyman The Magnificent.

End of march and beginning of april is the period when you can see dozens of types and colors of tulip everywhere in Istanbul, but the best place to celebrate Istanbul Tulip Festival is Emirgân Park at Bosphorus shore. Last three springs, we missed the tulip time of Istanbul, instead we enjoyed the daffodil time of London. That’s why yesterday we headed to Emirgân Park to catch up.

After a nice breakfast and relaxing under the sun like cats at Bosphorus waterfront, the over crowded park shocked us a little but anyway we enjoyed the tulip time (and took few hundreds of tulip photos).

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Yüzyıllardır mimarimizden, dekoratif sanatlarımıza, edebiyatımıza, isimlerimize vs. yer etmiş lâle. Sahip çıkmayıp dönerimizi, yoğurdumuzu komşuya kaptırdığımız gibi, lâlemizi de Türkler tarafından Osmanlı zamanında kendilerine armağan edilen bir lâle soğanını baştacı etmiş Hollandalılara kaptırmışız. Şimdi maalesef ne kadar tepinirsek tepinelim, lâle memleketi deyince dünyanın ilk aklına gelen Hollanda oluyor.

Her sene mart sonu, nisan başında İstanbul’u gelin gibi süsleyen onlarca çeşit, renk lâlenin güzelliğine doyum olmaz. Ama son üç bahardır İstanbul’un lâle zamanını kaçırıyor, onun yerine Londra ellerinde nergis zamanını bağrımıza basıp avunuyorduk. Bu nedenle bu sene, her ne kadar şehrin her yeri lâlelerle bezeli olsa da, o üç baharlık arayı kapatmak için, tıpkı çocukluğumuzdaki gibi, lâle zamanının tadının en güzel çıkarılacağı Emirgân Parkı’na gidelim dedik. Boğaz kıyısında güzel bir kahvaltıdan ve güneşin altında kediler gibi mayıştıktan sonra Emirgân Parkı’na gittiğimizde kalabalık ama asıl önemlisi ziyaretçi profili bizi tam anlamıyla şoke etti.

Çocukluğumuzun, ilkgençliğimizin, Emirgân Parkı’nın lâlelerinin tadını çıkaran, Sarı Köşk ve Beyaz Köşk’te çay-pasta, bira keyfi yapan (malûm, o zamanlar köşkler ve kasırlar, saygıyla andığımız Sn. Çelik Gülersoy yönetimindeki Türkiye Turing Kurumu tarafından yönetiliyordu, belediyeye geçmemişti, alkol yasaklanmamıştı vs) ziyaretçileri nerede, bugün ağzımız açık, şaşkın bir şekilde bakakaldığımız, her lâle öbeğinin başına (başlarına geleceği bildikleri için) diktikleri bekçilerin düdük çala çala, sözle uyara uyara bir hâl olduğu, insanın “Sanırım şimdi biri hüloooğ diye bağıracak”   hissine kapılmasına neden olan ziyaretçiler nerede… Neyse, sonunda her şeye rağmen birbirinden güzel, rengârenk, çeşit çeşit lâlelerin tadını çıkardık, hatta birkaç yüz tanecik de lâle fotoğrafı atmışız bu arada arşive abartıp.

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Saturday. Sun, certainly not warming the bodies but warming the hearts of Londoners. A walk through Stoke Newington. A break for tasting delicious quiches in a café in Church Street. Then tea time at West Reservoir’s cafe watching the brave people of North London Sailing Association over the water despite the cold weather. Afternoon, an early rakı table with delicious mezes. Happiness!

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We are lucky to live near one of London’s most beautiful walking spots. With only a five minute walk, we find ourselves in Regent’s Canal and enjoy. But there is another little gem in our neighbour, the path here is not so long as Regent’s Canal, it takes only like half an hour to walk from one side to the other but is a little oasis in Islington. Even we have beautiful herons in this little canal. Few days ago we had a  little chat with this fellow in the last photo.

It’s not well known as Regent’s Canal but New River is opened in 1613 to supply drinking water to London and New River Walk is open to the public every day from 08.00 till dusk.

Happy 400th year New River!

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There is snow in London and here is a fabulous video of snow. Tigers playing with snowman at Longleat Safari Park in UK by BBC News.

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Since two years, first week of the january, we are going to London Zoo for the annual stocktake to take photo. Last year most exciting part was the penguin pool (See the photo here).

This year, we were in love with the owls.  Max seen in the first photo is a real charismatic guy and conquered the hearts.

It was exciting again to be so close to so impressive animals but we wish freedom to all animals in the zoos in the new year.

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Since two years we are going to watch the Peter Pan Cup swimming race on Christmas Day morning at Serpentine in Hyde Park. It’s nice to walk early morning in empty London streets and then to watch Serpentine Swimming Club’s yearly tradition.

Waking up at five o’clock to be there on time (because on Christmas day there isn’t any public transportation and there are only few black cubs on duty) and getting out in a dark and cold winter  morning, is not looking so sympathic maybe but enjoying the emptiness and the silence of the streets, having fresh winter morning air in Hyde Park, receiving candies as Christmas Day treats from Santa who is waiting us in Serpentine, listening the bagpipe which is announcing the beginning of the race, watching the bravehearts jumping in the ice cold brown waters of Serpentine, is quite a good experience for two foreigners who live in London.

This year, the race was as successful as last year’s. But this year, when the swimmers were out of the water and running to the mulled wine for heating their purple bodies, we were as wet as they were because of the rain which is quite surprising thing in our little kingdom.

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Today we walked to the Barbican Centre for visiting an exhibition and watching a movie. When we arrived to the Barbican, they told that the conservatory -which is the second largest in London- is open today to the public visit. After buying our exhibition and cinema tickets, we visited first the conservatory which has a collection of tropical plants, a cage with colorful birds and a small pond with huge fishes inside.

Then we visited “Everything Was Moving” , a very nice photo exhibition with 400 documentary photos from 60’s and 70’s from all around the world. After the exhibition we had a lunch in Barbican Food Court, lunch was regular but the dessert was the best we ate untill today in London. Almond and pear tart and pistachio polenta cake were delicious! We were so surprised because in  London they just don’t know what is  “dessert”.

After the lunch we watched in Barbican’s Cinema “On the Road“, the movie which is based on the Jack Kerouac’s cult novel On the Road and it was a really successful adaptation.  After the movie we made a short visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral to see Occupy London protestors who were expressing their selfs in the middle of the sunday pray. And for the dinner we tried one of the small Thai restaurants in our neighborhood. What a lovely sunday!

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