Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Istanbul's tulips: Emirgan Park

And to wrap up the posts about tulips and things that happened months ago...the weekend after we got back from Amsterdam, we headed to Emirgan Park on the Bosporus to check out Istanbul's best array of tulips. The flowers were gorgeous and planted in various patterns, including the Turkish flag and an evil eye. But more than anything, though, it was a huge culture shock after Holland, and it drove home what makes Istanbul most unique -- its CRAZINESS. Which some people love and some people hate. Holland's Keukenhof Gardens were just so orderly, and everyone followed the paths and for the most part didn't walk or sit on the grass, and it was lovely and serene. The flowers were pristine, perfect, like they were plucking out the bedraggled ones after hours.

Not so Istanbul. When we got to the park, it was packed, and people were everywhere -- jamming the paths, walking in and among the beds of tulips, picknicking in the grass... The tulips were gorgeous, too, but it was the third week and there had been a big storm while we were gone, so a number of them had seen better days. Emirgan Park was a zoo, the exact opposite of serene -- but at the same time, it was lively, with children laughing and running around, families all together, and there's an appeal to that, too.

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1 comment:

  1. Dear Melinda,

    First of all, I wish to say many thanks your your sharing regarding istanbul and nice information about it.

    I am hoping that you are enjoying in istanbul and you have already seen many places as much as you can.

    If you need any help , please let me know.

    Have a nice trip .


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