Tulip Everywhere as Spring Bloom in Istanbul

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All my life I believe that tulip came from The Netherlands, but that was all wrong. Tulips were imported in the 16th century from the Ottoman Empire aka Turkey into the Netherland. Turkey and tulips were like something that can’t be separated. Under the reign of Sultan Ahmed III, Turkey was known on its Tulip Era. That time, tulip was very popular, it also became a symbol of power and wealth, portraying the Ottoman Sultans.

The name tulip came from Persian word ‘Tulipan’ that means turban. It was because in those time, the sultans wore tulip on their turban, also tulip shapes quite similar with turban. Until now, tulip or known as lale in Türkçe plays an important rule to Turkish art and culture. Tulip is also the national flower of Turkey.

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Summer Palace in Winter

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When I went to Beijing few months ago, I didn’t really know about the tourist destination there. I did some browsing in the internet to find out what’s happening in Beijing and stumble upon Travel China Guide. The website and also my Beijing-living friend suggest to visit Summer Palace, so I put Summer Palace in my itinerary.

Summer Palace listed as UNESCO world heritage sites for being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. The park was built in 1750 as a retreat park for the royal families so they could rest and entertained. Then it became the main residence of royal members in the end of the Qing Dynasty.

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Weekend Escape: Bandung Selatan

Setelah berbulan-bulan berkutat dengan kerjaan magang dan laporan magang, akhirnya saya terbebas juga dari belenggu magang. Kepala rasanya udah mumet banget dan sangat sangat sangat butuh liburan. Awalnya, saya dan keluarga merencanakan untuk liburan ke Karimunjawa, sekaligus menghadiri undangan pernikahan kerabat di Semarang. Tapi karena satu dan lain hal, akhirnya perjalanan ke Semarang dan Karimunjawa terpaksa dibatalkan, padahal Ayah sudah mengambil cuti 5 hari.

Akhirnya kami pun bingung mau kemana? Cari-cari tiket kereta api ke Solo dan Jogja, semua sudah habis. Pilihan berikutnya adalah jalan-jalan ke Garut. Kenapa Garut? Karena saya pengen nginep di Kampung Sampireun setelah nonton Jalan-Jalan Men edisi Garut. Kebayang kan bisa leyeh-leyeh di resort tengah danau setelah berbulan-bulan ngerjain laporan magang?

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Menikmati Weekend di Lembang

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Bandung memang kerap menjadi tujuan wisata akhir pekan karena letaknya yang jauh dari Ibukota Jakarta. Selain itu,  suasana yang sejuk dan asri juga menjadi alasan utama untuk berlibur kesana. Karena itulah Bandung tak henti-hentinya menawarkan berbagai lokasi wisata baru. Di utara Kota Bandung, tepatnya Lembang, terdapat dua tempat wisata baru yang menawarkan konsep lingkungan.

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