• The Arab World Institute displays a selection of Barjeel Art Foundation’s collection at the exhibition 100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art. The exhibition comprises works by many...
  • June 20 World Refugee Day is an opportunity to remember over 65 million people who were forced to leave their homes due to war and persecution. Visit the UN Refugee Agency (withrefugees.org) and...

DESTINATION

  • An Isolated But Pleasant Life

    An Isolated But Pleasant Life

    Seventy thousand years ago, Sumatra Island experienced the "biggest volcanic eruption in the last 25 million years," which put the world through a small ice age by covering India (thousands of kilometers away) and even the Arab Peninsula with ash, but also gave Sumatra a mesmerizing lake as a present. Lake Toba is the world's largest volcanic...

CULTURE

  • New Delhi: One in Two

    New Delhi: One in Two

    While New Delhi could take a lifetime to explore, an orientation tour of the city is best begun by visiting Humayun’s Tomb - one of the three World Heritage Sites in Delhi. Its historical and cultural significance stems from the fact that it was the first garden-mausoleum on the Indian subcontinent and the first magnificent example of...
  • Luxembourg: The Little Wonderland

    Luxembourg: The Little Wonderland

    I had traveled past Luxembourg many times, an easy thing to do after all, it being one of the smallest countries in the world, the second smallest EU-state, measuring a mere 82 kilometers long and 57 kilometers wide. From the capital, also called Luxembourg, to the borders with France and Germany it’s a mere 30 minutes, to Belgium the grand...

PEOPLE

  • "For Me, All Boundaries are Imaginary"

    "For Me, All Boundaries are Imaginary"

    Let’s start with an introduction. How would you describe yourself? Me? Alright. I grew up in New Jersey. After living in New York until the age of 10, we moved to the Dominican Republic. There, I went to school and took ballet classes, and returned to New York as a super-talented and trained dancer. My dancing career enabled me to cross paths...
  • I've Found the Joy of Life in Europe

    I've Found the Joy of Life in Europe

    You're married to one of the world's wealthiest businessmen. I thought you'd be less around after you got married and had a child but I was wrong. You have four new movies to be released. How do you find time for all this? It's like a complicated mathematical equation. I cannot stay away from my family longer than two weeks so I have to fit the...
  • A Candid Conversation with Edward Norton

    A Candid Conversation with Edward Norton

    When did you decide to be an actor? My mother was working when I was a kid. I had a babysitter and she was involved in the school theater. I'd watch her rehearse her role and thought that this was a fun thing to do. I loved writing or telling stories but I never thought of doing it professionally. It was only a hobby for me until my 20s. You...

CUISINE

  • Ramadan in the Ottoman Period

    Ramadan in the Ottoman Period

    Bairams and bairam dishes have always been important for the Islamic world. Many foreign travelers wrote about the pre-bairam preparations in the markets, streets, mansions, and palaces. Foreign travelers also talked about the transformation in the social atmosphere with the arrival of Ramadan. This optimistic and lovely ambiance peaked...
  • Bergama and Selçuk Cuisines

    Bergama and Selçuk Cuisines

    One of the oldest tourism destinations in Turkey, Selçuk-Ephesus and Bergama are two capitals of antiquity mostly known for their historical heritage. Bergama was the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon for 130 years under five emperors, while Ephesus in Selçuk district was the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor. The former’s...

FROM THE MAGAZINE

  •  A Silk Road Stop: Uzbekistan

    A Silk Road Stop: Uzbekistan

    I'm finally flying to Uzbekistan... My journey didn’t start the moment I stepped foot on the plane. It started long before, when I was young and first dreamed of adventures in mysterious and exotic far-reaching corners of the earth. And when I first heard the name Samarkand, I was compelled by the sound of these nine letters that conjured up a...
  • Getting to Know Ljubljana in Two Days

    Getting to Know Ljubljana in Two Days

    Upon Arrival Start with a stroll in Tivoli Park to get a taste of the rich nature that makes Slovenia famous all over Europe. By the northern border of the park, check out Kino Šiška –a former cinema now used as a theater and art gallery. From the park, take the promenade designed by architect Jože Plečnik and –heading towards the city...
  • Trabzon from Highlands to Coast

    Trabzon from Highlands to Coast

    I leave behind Trabzon’s coastline and cityscape and drive through the meandering road to Maçka as the heavy fog descends down the hills and covers the tea fields like a thin tulle, slowly embracing the women who walk along the hillsides with large baskets on their back. I arrive in Hamsiköy, admiring the fruitful nature that crowns the...