Thursday, April 14, 2011

THE tulip city (and it certainly isn't Amsterdam!)

As Andrei guessed, it is Istanbul, here facing out towards the Marmara Sea. Tulips were very popular under the Ottomans and were exported to Holland, where they were further developed. Now Holland exports bulbs to Turkey, where the City of Istanbul has bough many millions of bulbs and palnted them all over the place in a way certainly not seen in Holland. I have never been to Turkey or Istanbul in April and was lucky to sneak part of a day there today as a stopover on the way back from Saudi Arabia.

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