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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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We have been away a while from our little kingdom. During this time, we enjoyed the sun and the sea in this beach…

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We ate a lot of these…

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and these from our garden…

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We met with old friends…

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We made some new friends…

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We received these beautiful gifts from Tülin… (Thank you Tülin!)

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And came from 25-30 °C, flip flop, summer wear, to 8 °C, boots, coat. Today is springish in our little kingdom and we hope it will be better and better and better?

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This week’s fresh flowers at home from Columbia Road Flower Market: anemones.

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Today (like yesterday) was another sunny day in our little kingdom and we walked to Columbia Road Flower Market for a late breakfast and to buy fresh flowers for our home.

In the market we have our breakfast always in our favorite place at Printers&Stationers in Ezra Street. The sandwiches are tasty and even the market is packed, this little cozy place is quite. Before the owners were serving our smoked salmon sandwiches and red wine while they were preparing to their selfs a morning drink, we were having a chat with their dog.

We didn’t go there for a while and today after buying some anemones for home, we popped for a glass of wine and sandwiches. The sandwiches were delicious again and we tried also the new pork and chutney sandwich. But we noticed some little changes in decoration and service. It looks like they are making a step forward with more staff, putting printed menu on the tables, more choice of sandwich, salad addition to sandwich plates, etc. We hope this step don’t turn our favorite place in the market to a less cozy place.

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We love having fresh flowers always at home and keep changing  mostly between sunflowers, peonies and sweet williams.

Sunflowers which bring the mediterrannean feeling to our home in dark and rainy London days, are our favorites.  Sometimes we love keeping the sunflowers few more days after they loose their freshness and we make our own Van Gogh art piece.  So, this is our modest Van Gogh art.

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Last summer (our first summer in our little kingdom), was a shock for our Mediterranean bodies. But this year, we are ready for what is waiting for us: 90 days of rain!

After a normal, rainy and windy summer week, this morning we had a little bit of sun. It was a good reason for a walk to London’s famous Columbia Road Flower Market to buy some new rosemaries, thymes, tarragons, peonies and lavenders for our terrace.

Afternoon? Some kitchen activity, making zucchini pickles in a “lovely” rainy afternoon…

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