One of Mexico’s highlights is its Magic Towns. The Magic Towns program contributes to revaluation of places and sites that have al-
A: As mentioned above, we have a solid basis on which to build. Today’s market place throws up many challenges and opportunities. This year our two governments launched a new initiative to enable us to discuss trade and economic relations, to build on the successes of the past and to explore new areas in which we might cooperate. The first session of our Joint Intergovernmental Commission was held in February in London. It was co- chaired by Lord Maude, ( the then) Minister of State for Trade and Investment for the UK and Mr Shahin Mustafayev, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
This initiative covers a number of joint priority sectors including: Oil and Gas, ICT, Financial & Professional Services, Education, Infrastructure ( including transport), Tourism and Global Sport. The aim is to increase our bilateral cooperation as well as ease market barriers and deal with other issues. I look forward to a productive second meeting which will be hosted in Baku early next year.
Q: In your opinion, what does Brexit mean for Britain and Europe?
A: Some things have not changed politically. First of all, the UK is still a member of the P5 on the UN Security Council. It is still a member of the G7; it is still a leading member of NATO, with some of the most capable armed forces and intelligence services in the world. We remain a member of the World Trade Organisation; of the Commonwealth and of a large number of other international organisations. We are one of very few countries in the world that spends 2% of GDP on defence, and 0.7% of GDP on development aid, so meeting the NATO benchmark on defence and UN benchmark for aid.
There is no immediate change to our relationships with the European Union or with our EU partners. The UK remains a member of the EU, with all rights and obligations, until we leave. There will be a negotiation about the terms of our future relationship with the European Union. Whatever comes out from that negotiation, the countries of the EU will continue to be among our most important international partners. We have enormous economic interests, security interests, people to people links; and our shared democratic values have not changed. We will continue to work with the European Union and its Member States whatever the outcome of the negotiations to leave the EU will be.
problems. Around this time, my interest in Azerbaijan was growing through the experience of my father, who had been very deeply involved in the negotiations between SOCAR and foreign oil companies since 1992. The stories he told about his visits to Azerbaijan, and the Azerbaijani people I met through his work, made me very curious to come to the country myself and see if my skills and experience would be useful there. My first trip was at the end of 1997 and I knew then that I had found my vocation. The post- Soviet environment is an interesting one, such a mix of minds and cultures. I was never aware of my new-found interest in anthropology, otherwise I could have studied this when I was younger, but my studies in Management Science and a later Masters in Social Policy have given me the practical and theoretical back-up for the work we do.
Q: Could you tell us about some of those projects that you have implemented over the years to improve the situation concerning children, health and education in the country? What initiatives did you undertake aiming to reduce the number of children in state care as well as to raise the level of institutional care in Azerbaijan?
The core action has been to grow a team of local specialists who are able to lead the development of the social sector through innovation and practice. Many members of the existing UAFA team have been with me for more than 10 years, some even 15 years. During this time, we have been trained and supported by some of the world’s top specialists in child development, rehabilitation, special education and social work. The training plus the daily work experience of providing services to literally thousands of children has created a great resource for Azerbaijan.
Some of our notable achievements are the following:
- 6 community-based rehabilitation centers, where parents can go for advice and support and to meet other parents, and where the children can participate in rehabilitation, education and recreational activities with other children who have disabilities;
- 17 low cost pre- schools for children aged 2-6 years in villages where no services exist, where there is little employment and little hope;
- Teams of social workers in 6 regions who work with vulnerable families and children;
- Improved life conditions for 100s of children with disabilities who live in State care institutions;
- And, along with practical achievements, we have been a strong support to policy reform over the years, playing a leadership role in the field of social policy based on our field experience.
Q: Are you satisfied with what has been achieved over the years?
A: Of course! We have achieved so much in such challenging conditions, and we still can achieve so much more with united support behind us. One of the important achievements is the level of trust and belief
Q: Mr. Ambassador, how would you describe the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Indonesia?
A: After the dissolution of Soviet Union in December 1991, Indonesia recognized Azerbaijan’s independence and less than a year later, in September 1992, the diplomatic relations between the two countries were officially established. In 2005 the Embassy of Azerbaijan was established in Jakarta, and Indonesia reciprocated in December 2010 by opening our embassy in Baku. It was a very important step, since both countries are rich in energy resources and have mutual interests in the field.
Over the years, Indonesia and Azerbaijan developed and strengthened bilateral ties in various fields. As Indonesia is one of the largest Muslim countries in Asia, and Azerbaijan is also a Muslim country, we have great prospects in economic, humanitarian and cultural cooperation; and in spite of the great distance between Azerbaijan and Indonesia, the two countries have a lot in common. Our countries also support each other within international organizations such as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
Q: Are you satisfied with the state of economic and trade relations between Indonesia and Azerbaijan?
A: The economic and trade relations between the two countries have reached a satisfactory level. Indonesia needs oil and gas from Azerbaijan; we are the second biggest country after Germany which is purchasing oil and gas from Azerbaijan. We also produce oil - around 800,000 barrels per day - but it is not enough to cover the needs of our whole population, as we actually need 1,800,000 barrels per day. That is why we have to buy oil from other producing countries as well. One of the highest quality oils in the world is from Azerbaijan, and Indonesia imports from 4 up to 6 hundred million barrels of Azerbaijani oil per year.
However, I would say that our trade with Azerbaijan is still small and has to be increased more. Indonesia’s imports from Azerbaijan amounted to $2.4 billion per year, while its exports to Azerbaijan amounted to $32 million of its overall exports. So, we have to develop more and raise the trade connection between our countries.
Q: What goals do you hope to accomplish during your diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan, which started in April 2016?
‘Gemu Fa Mi Re’, a traditional dance from the Flores of Indonesia, which encouraged them to dance together with the staff and volunteers from Indonesian Embassy in Baku. Visitors’ interest was increased by the songs that we presented, played with a traditional musical instrument named Angklung, as well as the variety of Indonesian culinary experiences, and also the Indonesian handicrafts that were on sale. We also participated in the Azerbaijan International Tourism Fair AITF 2016 and were awarded as the ‘Most Attractive Tourism Destination’. I am very proud to mention that our pavilion attracted the most visitors.
Our Embassy participated in the International Dolma Festival that was held in Baku in July earlier this summer. During the event 300 kinds of dolma were presented by 400 representatives from 24 regions of Azerbaijan as well as from the countries of Turkey, Ukraine and Jordan. Although dolma is not included in the Indonesian cuisine, we still decided to participate and present something similar that we call Arem – Arem. Arem - Arem has the meaning of happiness in our language. Rice is boiled until it is soft, mixed with spicy vegetables, then rolled and wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in steam.
I deeply believe that such kinds of events contribute to bringing to the public the strong culture and traditions of the Azerbaijani people, including the features and wealth of its national cuisine; that’s why our participation and support was very important not only to us but also to all the people of Azerbaijan. Lastly, we are planning to organize an Indonesian cultural festival in order to introduce to the local society of Azerbaijan our national mu- sic, dances, and cuisine, and also to showcase Indonesia as a top tourism destination through a photography exhibition that we prepared. The festival will be held in November in Baku and will be open to everyone.
Q: What were your first impressions of Azerbaijan when you came here a few months ago?
A: I came to Azerbaijan on March 16th, and I have already visited many attractions of Baku and traveled to the regions. I find Baku a very modern, beautiful and at the same time historical city. I find the people warm, friendly and polite, and that’s something that makes me adjust very easily and feel at home.
Azerbaijan is a rich country due to its oil and gas resources. During the last years, the city of Baku and other cities in the regions have been developing impressively fast. Unfortunately, last year’s decline in oil prices and the devaluation of its currency affected the strong economy of the country. However, it seems that the government of Azerbaijan is trying to diversify, rebuild its business character and facilitate more investments to grow, thus allowing its economy to recover. Hopefully, in 2017 the situation will be better and more stable.
Q: What are the challenges of being posted in a new country?
A: I wouldn’t refer to it as a challenge, rather I would say that, for me, the beginning of a post in a new country is a pleasant opportunity, as I always love and enjoy meeting new cultures and new civilizations and new people, learning about the history of a country as well as the mentality, and the opportunities that I have through my job to develop ties with local society and authorities.
Turkey and Russia restored their relations after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin expressing his apologies and deep condolences to the killed pilot’s family. The leaders of Turkey and Russia met in face-to-face meeting on August 9. This was the first meeting since dramatic collapse of relations back in late 2015, and the two seemed to have a lot to talk about.
Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian Su- 24 warplane over the Syrian border on November 24, bringing the regional rivals to the brink of war and sparking a political crisis.
During the crisis in Turkish-Russian relations, Erdogan has survived a military coup attempt, while Putin successfully restored Syrian President Bashar al- Assad’s control over much of Syria. So, both presidents had a lot to discuss.
Definitely, one of the key topics was the chaos in Syria, as both sides have their own interests there. More likely, Russia wants to ensure that Turkey won’t participate in NATO’s Black Sea activities, while Turkey wants to secure its borders with Syria.
The second topic of discussion was about filling in the vacuum in bilateral relations. Both political and economic coopera-
Justice, Bekir Bozdag, stated that the issue of whether or not Turkey should bring back capital punishment after the failed coup should be considered from a legal standpoint, and not in terms of the EU’s aspirations. So, EU and NATO condemned the possible restoration of death penalty, while the Kremlin viewed it as the internal issue of Turkey. Moreover, Russia was among the first to condemn the military regime change attempt, and Putin phoned Erdogan to back “order” in Turkey.
In general, becoming an ally with Russia is more likely to happen. In case of extradition, the US will lose its main leverage on Turkey. The death penalty will be probably brought back after Gulen’s extradition, and he will be immediately executed. Thus, it is pointless to wait for Gulen’s “arrival”. But, if Gulen is not extradited to Turkey, the process of becoming a closest ally of Russia will flow faster.
On the other hand, if the death penalty is restored in Turkey, its candidacy for EU membership will be rejected. Basically, the death penalty in Turkey has not been implemented since 1984, was partly abolished in 2002, and was fully eliminated in 2004; but, still, since then its EU membership has not been approved ( Note: Turkey is a candidate country for EU membership following the Helsinki European Council of December 1999). In other words, Turkey could never become an EU member state, and Erdogan understands that.
In case the military bloc between Turkey and Russia is formed, Turkey will provide the Russian air force with access to its military airbase Incirlik. The newly formed alliance will make an effort to destroy rebels and ISIS in Syria, and Bashar Al Assad will stay in power. Although, the change of the policy toward Assad has not been officially announced by the Turkish government, the military alliance between Turkey and Russia could result in exactly that. Therefore, in near future we could see the meeting between Erdogan and Assad, initiated by Putin. This will be a sign of reconciliation. But, liberated from ISIS northern parts of Syria could go under control of Turkey. But, in exchange for that, Turkey could agree to weaken its positions in the South Caucasus, especially in Azerbaijan ( the Southern border of the former USSR); and, as a result, the region could fully fall under the traditional influence of Kremlin.
Furthermore, the possibility of Turkey joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) cannot be ignored, and even remains high. The EAEU would like to see Turkey as its member; and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has already stressed the importance of Turkey to join the EAEU at the meeting with former Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu. Turkey’s membership means substantial expansion of the trade opportunities to the shores of Mediterranean Sea. Also, Turkey will gain access to the markets of Central Asian countries, which is what it actually wants. For example, Turkish investors have already taken first step to access the EAEU market through Kyrgyzstan, where they intend to build a textile factory and export products to EAEU states using the Duty Free System.
Besides the economic opportunities, there are also political and social aspects of Turkey’s membership in EAEU. Namely, Turkish membership might affect other states’ decision to join the EAEU. For example, it can be suggested, that due to the common Turkic origin, the membership of Turkey may alter the positions of some states, such as Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, toward EAEU.
There are two important factors that will most likely lead Turkey to join the EAEU: first, the prospects of Turkey joining the EU are not promising; and, second factor is the continuing tension between Turkey and US due to Gulen’s issue. This will definitely impact Turkey’s relations with Western countries. Firstly, NATO could exclude Turkey from the alliance, and secondly, the activities of the Kurdish groups in Turkey that are supported by the liberal West could intensify. In order to prevent the activation of Kurdish groups in Turkey, president Erdogan needs to prevent unification of Iraqi and Syrian Kurds and PKK. Nevertheless, Erdogan has already taken the first step and gained support from the Iraqi Kurdish regional President, Massoud Barzani.
To sum up, if all the above- mentioned come true, dramatic changes could be observed in the whole region and the world. The world could become bipolar again as in XX century, when the USSR and Warsaw Pact states confronted the US and liberal states of Europe. That was a clash of ideologies. However, now we could witness political confrontation between the autocratic regimes (Turkey, Russia, Iran) and Liberal West.
High technologies have not only affected our daily lives but are also widely used in medicine. Model designs and construction processes in industries are completely controlled by the computers. Dentistry as a branch of medicine has also been transformed by technologies -Tomography, CAD/CAM system, 3D scanning, aesthetic digital simulation, and other processes are controlled by the computers. In 1999, the first operating CAD/CAM technology was presented in exhibition, and today the market offers more than hundred such systems.
In dental clinic "Medholding" we actively use modern digital technology in the diagnosis, prosthetics, inlays making, treatment and prevention of tooth-jaw defects. Residents of Baku who visit our medical practitioners receive the highest level of service, which does not differ from the best European clinics. What is CAD/CAM technology?
CAD/CAM technology in dentistry is used for about a decade, and is practically indispensable in making of crowns, abutments for implants and prostheses of high precision and best quality. The essence of this technology lies in the preliminary three-dimensional modeling of the product using a computer and in further processing in the milling unit. Computer 3D Tomography in dentistry
Digital tomography of jaw has several advantages over common x-ray because the computer can provide a three-dimensional image of the scanned object to the doctor. Digital tomography takes a little time - about twenty seconds, and allows you to:
-Determine the severity of the teeth and jaw injuries -Defects in growing and position -Diseases and inflammation of the sinuses -Implant planning and surgical operations, therapeutic treatment
-Detection of complications after intracanal treatment
-Detection of new carious teeth inaccessible by visual inspection
Dental digital tomography is completely harmless. In order to clinically detect the damage, a patient will go through between six and seven thousand procedures. In this case, the patient will receive a reduced dose of radiation, which means that the procedure can be used not only in diagnosis, but also in the quality control of the treatment. Aesthetic Digital Smile Design
One of the most popular directions in modern dentistry today is aesthetic rehabilitation. In the beginning of aesthetic restoration of the teeth, patients often ask us questions like - is it possible
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Health, taking seriously this advice from the father of medicine, launched an ambitious national initiative - a multi step pilot program, which focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases in newborns.
Worldwide, 2.7 million babies die every year in their first month of life and a similar number are stillborn (born dead). Within the first month, up to one half of all deaths occur within the first 24 hours of life, and 75% occur in the first week. The 48 hours immediately following birth is the most crucial period for newborn survival. This is when the mother and child should receive follow-up care to prevent and treat illness. Globally, the number of neonatal deaths declined from 5.1 million in 1990 to 2.7 million in 2015. However, the decline in neonatal mortality from 1990 to 2015 has been slow.
According to Child Mortality Estimates (CME) report, in Azerbaijan, compared to 1990, the infant mortality rate declined from 95 to 32 per 1 thousand, in 2015. No matter how encouraging this drop may appear, the rate is still high.
Azerbaijan is a rapidly growing, dynamic and modern country. The country is actively expanding its national healthcare system to meet the growing needs of its people and support economic diversification, with medical centers, corporations,
Preterm birth is the birth of an infant before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm birth is the greatest contributor to infant death, with most pretermrelated deaths occurring among babies who were born very preterm (before 32 weeks). Preventing preterm birth remains a challenge because the causes of preterm births are numerous, complex, and not always well understood.
A Non-Communicable Disease (or NCD) is generally agreed to be a medical condition or disease of a child which is non-infectious, of long duration and generally slow progression. Sometimes it is referred to as “chronic diseases”. It is the second newborn mortality cause. Cardiovascular diseases
surgery or other procedures in the first months of their lives.
In March 2016, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Health announced the pilot program on prevention of congenital heart diseases. This initiative aims to run a prospective study on CHD prevalence, first at regional level (Baku) and later at national level- and to run pre-symptomatic early detecting screening with the use of pulse oximetry measurements to detect critical congenital heart diseases during the first 4 days of a neonate’s life. It will also serve as a guide for strategic planning of the congenital cardiology sector, which is currently underdeveloped in the country. Only four hospitals offer limited congenital/pediatric cardiology services, mostly provided by adult cardiac surgeons and cardiologists with short term or no training in congenital heart diseases. As CCHD is very complex and in most cases fatal disease with no obvious symptoms in many cases, a screening test is essential and can save thousands of lives.
Screening tests are simple and easy; they help to identify people with increased risk of a hazard condition or disease before they have symptoms or even realize they may be at risk, so that preventive measures can be taken. They are an important part of preventive health care. Screening tests help detect a disease in its earliest and most treatable stages. Therefore, they are most valuable when they are used to screen for diseases that are both serious and treatable, so that there is a benefit of detecting the disease before symptoms begin. A positive screening test often requires further testing with a more specific test. This is important in order to correctly exclude those individuals who do not have a given disease or to confirm a diagnosis. What is Critical Congenital Heart Disease?
Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) describes a group of heart defects that can cause life-threatening problems which need to be treated within the first days or first months of life. CCHD can usually be treated if detected early. CCHD can be caused by different reasons, including problems with the heart’s structure or abnormal heartbeat. The heart is a very complicated organ with many structural components. If specific structures of the heart do not form properly during pregnancy, the result is a heart defect. Critical Congenital Heart Defects can be less severe (needing only one heart surgery or catheter intervention), severe (needing many open heart surgeries), or somewhere in between. CCHD can involve problems with the chambers of the heart, valves in the heart, abnormal connections in the heart, and abnormalities in how the heart functions. Most congenital (from birth) heart conditions affect people from childhood through adulthood. Typically, these types of heart defects lead to low levels of oxygen in a newborn and may be identified using pulse oximetry screening at least 24 hours after birth. What is Pulse Oximetry and how it is used for neonates screening?
Pulse oximetry is a simple, quick and painless test used to find babies who may have a CCHD. Pulse oximetry measures a baby’s pulse and how much oxygen a baby has in his or her blood (called oxygen saturation). Babies who have low oxygen levels in their blood may have a CCHD; but they may also have a different cause for low oxygen saturation that is not a CCHD, but another life threatening condition. Why is pulse oximetry used to screen for CCHD?
In 2003, pulse oximetry started to be used in Sweden as a screening test, and soon after became mandatory in many European countries, Canada, China and USA. Pulse oximetry is the preferred method to screen for CCHD because it allows the CCHD screening test to be easily performed soon after a baby is born, and it is the best way to catch a CCHD along with the pediatrician’s physical exam. This CCHD screening should be performed after a baby is 24 hours (or 1 day) old. A physical exam will not always detect CCHD since some CCHDs do not show outward symptoms. Ultrasounds done during pregnancy can be used to check the fetal heart. However, ultrasound checks during the pregnancy can miss CCHD if not conducted by a fetal cardiologist. Confirmatory testing
If a baby fails the pulse oximetry screening or is suspected to have a CCHD, then multiple pulse oximetry screenings must be completed before the baby is examined by the primary care provider/specialist at the hospital. A baby may then need additional testing such as an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart). The doctors will discuss the follow up care for the baby and any additional testing the baby may need. At any point in testing the baby may be referred to a pediatric cardiologist.
The Azerbaijani pilot CHD prevention program has two primary sites: the Republican Perinatal Center and No. 3 City Clinic Hospital's Maternity Ward. All newborns born in these two locations are enrolled for the first part of the study. In May 2016, special pulse oximetry equipment, sponsored by the Rostropovich Vishnevskaya Foundation, was placed in the aforementioned hospitals. By late June both hospitals had started testing the neonates.
If a baby fails the pulse oximetry screening or is suspected to have a CCHD, he will be referred to the Scientific Pediatric Institution of the Ministry of Health; the neonate will be transferred there in order to confirm the diagnosis and receive a conservative treatment.
A: Yes, I think so: they have the same sense of humor….
Q: In which countries and cities did you live over the years because of your husband’s career with the Italian Foreign Service as a diplomat? Which country did you like the most and why?
A: Before moving to Baku, I have lived four years in each of the following Countries: Venezuela ( Caracas), Pakistan (Islamabad) and India (Mumbai). All of them have been extremely precious to me. Each and every place has somehow inspired me with its humanity. I feel a profound and sincere gratitude.
Q: What has been the hardest aspect of your expat experience so far?
A: Over the years there have been plenty of difficult and testing times for us. The tragic floods which swept Caracas ( Venezuela) in 1999, as well as the insecurity and high crime affected our daily lives there. War in neighboring Afghanistan and looming terrorist threat in Pakistan: Islamabad came to the world media’s spotlight after the 9/ 11 attacks in the US, and that meant to us getting used to constant security alerts and bomb attacks, which happened to hit also people we knew or places we used to go. And then the devastating earthquake of October 2005, which killed 70,000 people in Northern Pakistan, including in the capital, where we lost a good friend and Embassy’s colleague. Last but not least, India: for all its amazing charm and cultural richness, it is a land of extreme complexities and daily challenges.
Difficulties involve also our kids and their education: changing so many places, schools, friends, languages, habits, etc, may
tion will showcase new state-of-the-art dental equipment and consumables, together with the latest technology in implant dentistry, teeth whitening and oral hygiene. The annual Beauty Azerbaijan exhibition will feature companies and products from Azerbaijan, Germany, Canada, China, Russia, Turkey and several other countries. Companies from Thailand will debut at this exhibition, and cosmetic companies from Italy will also participate. Among the innovations at this year's exhibition will be salon accessories from Germany, Asian cosmetics from Japan and Korea, and much more. For the first time, a workshop has been organized at the Beauty Azerbaijan 2016 exhibition which will be attended by local distributors and salons, as well as by foreign companies. Thanks to the pre- scheduled itinerary, the workshop will provide a direct interaction with company executives without intermediaries, and help to establish business contacts with representatives of leading local companies and beauty salons.
The exhibition season will then continue with the largest exhibition event in the Caspian region – Caspian Construction Week, which will feature the 22nd Azerbaijan International Construction Exhibition BakuBuild 2016, the 9th International Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Water Supply, Sanitary Ware, Environmental Technology, Swimming Pools and Renewable Energy Exhibition, AquaTherm Baku 2016, and the 9th Caspian International Protection, Security and Rescue Exhibition SecurikaCIPS2016 (October 19-22). This year, the BakuBuild and Securika CIPS exhibitions have been fully re- branded. Caspian Construction Week will bring together over 400 companies from more than 20 countries and will include a number of national booths. The exhibition will highlight the full range of building materials, windows, doors, interiors, construction machinery, heating and ventilation systems, combination boilers, plastic pipes, fittings, radiators, CCTV and surveillance equipment, rescue gear, means of information protection, smart cards, ID- technologies, fire safety equipment and much more. One the new features of BakuBuild 2016 will be the active participation of furniture companies that are preparing to showcase a wide range of luxury furniture. The sponsors of the exhibition are Corella (NB Group) and Akkord Sement. The Information Partner is “Dom I Interyer” magazine.
As usual, the exhibition season will culminate with the Bakutel 2016 exhibition ( 29
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Accompanying the guests on their path is a highly qualified European team of medical professionals in internal medicine, cardiology, sports medicine, energy medicine, acupuncture, aesthetic medicine, nutrition, osteopathy, physical therapy and fitness. This devoted team is actively involved in participating in and studying the latest research presented at the most renowned international medical congresses. As a result, they are able to provide the latest and most effective techniques and technology that deliver excellent and long-lasting results.
An integral part of the method, the Chenot diet demonstrates that individual wellness does not only come from the finest ingredients but also from the caloric density, nutritional value and unique preparation and cooking process of the food that is provided at our resort with exquisite taste and presentation. Diet is crucial to clean and rebalance the body, stimulating cell repair mechanisms with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory action. The synergy of diet and treatments promotes inner and outer wellbeing, and our nutritional suggestions applied to everyday life will help all of our guests achieve a healthier lifestyle that can ensure longterm wellness.
The vast 26-hectare park provides a beautiful landscape that indulges the senses, with ponds, lakes and cascades of waterfalls. A sense of serenity is evoked from the panoramic view that Gabala has to offer, encouraging one’s desire to enhance their vitality through exercise with low intensity walks or runs. The luxurious stars shimmering across the outdoor swimming pool generate the perfect setting for pure relaxation.
Featuring natural materials and colours, the Chenot Palace Gabala blends harmoniously with the nature around it. Its flowing forms and light-infused spaces convey an immediate and beneficial sense of harmony and relaxation. The interior design, even in its smallest details, is respectful of the nature that surrounds it; huge windows open to landscape views and natural wood floors and simply-designed furniture give a sense of lightness, creating a smooth, caring and inspiring environment to ensure the guests’ complete rest and recovery.
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Ordubad, also known as the “pearl” of Azerbaijan, is the second largest city of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan and the capital of the Ordubad district. This land is famous for its nature, climate, monuments, national and architectural landmarks, as well as for its exports of fruits and spices, and its unique cuisine. Dating back to the 17th century, architectural buildings of the city have preserved their antiquity. The ancient quarters are typical for Ordubad. Sersheher, Ambaras, Mingis etc... Every quarter has its own square, mosque, sycamore trees, pool, fountain and bath. Lemons with no astringent taste
But Ordubad is famous not only for the antiquity of its architecture. Fruits of Ordubad are very tasty thanks to the city’s unique climate. Probably many of us tasted dried fruits of Ordubad and know their flavor. But, we would especially like to mention the lemons of Ordubad, because citrus fruits there have unique peculiarities. Ordubad lemons do not have astringent taste and a strong effect on blood pressure.
Lemons are grown almost in every yard of Ordubad. The representative of the Local Executive Authority Hikmat Nasirov says that Ordubad lemons have been home grown from ancient times. “Lemon trees are planted in pots here. The pots should be neither in a very sunny nor in a very shadowy place. The trees have to be irrigated every day in summer, and once a week in winter. Lemon trees should not be kept in an open air during the winter”, Mr. Nasirov says.
He further continues: “Lemon trees here are usually one meter in height. If irrigated normally one tree can give up to approximately 15 to 30 lemons. The price of lemon is expensive in the markets, with one lemon selling for around five manats. Big lemons may even sell for 15 manats.” Fried Eggs of Ordubad
You cannot enjoy the cuisine of Ordubad anywhere else. Here is the right place where you can learn how to cook local food recipes; however it requires skills to get the same taste. For example, “Ordubad Fried Eggs” may sound simple, but it is very difficult to make them. As they are not the ordinary fried eggs that we usually cook, their preparation requires lots of time and effort. Imagine that you need two kilograms of butter, 18 eggs and juice from a cup of honey to make this dish. One of the famous cooks of Ordubad Asiman Tagiyev says that if you eat a slice of Ordubad omelet in the morning you do not feel hungry till the evening.
Therefore, we can say that Ordubad is a wonderful place to not only have a rest in nature, but also to change the taste of your mouth. Those who want to visit a medieval city may come to Ordubad. The town offers a unique walk through history in many of its ancient neighborhoods. The remains of ancient houses, old doors and gates can be found here.
Located between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, at the North American subcontinent, Mexico occupies an area of nearly two million square kilometers, which makes it the fourteenth largest country in the world. Its capricious geography and diversity of landscapes, with huge canyons, high mountains, rain forests, wetlands, and deserts, offer a large diversity of environments and climates. This explains why Mexico is one of the 17 megadiverse countries that account for 70% of the world´s biodiversity.
Due to its multiethnic and multicultural mosaic, its history and its traditions Mexico is a unique place, a country that many want to visit and learn more about, one of the 10 most visited countries of the world (2015) with over 32 million visitors. Ancient cultures and other influences
Mexico has a millenary history. Its culture starts with the Mesoamerican civilization, beginning with the Olmec, going through the developed Maya ( one of the three civilizations worldwide to develop the number zero), the Toltec, and ending this age with the Aztec empire. There were also other distinctive cultures in the East and West of its territory. As a legacy of this glorious past, the land has nowadays 68 indigenous groups that are part of its cultural wealth and more than 360 indigenous languages are spoken in its territory.
In the sixteenth century, the Spanish “conquistadores” came and started the colonial era, which brought the fusion of the indigenous with Europe. Other influences also enriched the
quarry used to build its edifices), San Luis Potosí, Guadalajara (known as the city of the Roses due to their abundance on its streets and plazas), Guanajuato (full of alleys, including the "Alley of the Kiss", where, as rumors say, young lovers would kiss each other from the balconies while their parents were amidst a life- feud), San Miguel de Allende, Queretaro and Morelia. Even more fascinating are the different cuisines in each of those sites. Cities of Puebla (tradition says it was designed by angels themselves) and Oaxaca (the City of One Thousand Churches) are also very attractive and fascinating cities worth visiting. Amazing for all
In Mexico and around the world, tourism is increasingly gaining strength as a factor of economic growth and social development. Tourism not only generates jobs and attracts investments and currency, but also transforms and creates prosperity for the communities, states and whole regions. It represents almost 9% of Mexico’s GDP and over 9% of employment .
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ed to buy the book. After paying the money to the cashier, I went to the storage room. It was there for the first time in my life that I saw a mini-book, and I got completely caught up in it. After learning that members of the Moscow Book-Lovers Society arranged meetings every Wednesday, I began to join them, exchanging books and establishing contacts with collectors. This is how I started the formation of my own collection. Next year, in November 2017, my collection will turn 35 years old; and, in April 2017 our museum will celebrate 15 years of its existence.
Q: What impetus did you have for opening the Museum of Miniature Books?
A: On October 3, 1993, Heydar Aliyev was elected to his first term as President of Azerbaijan. On October 10, 1993, I attended his inauguration ceremony in the "Republic" palace. Heydar Aliyev stood at rostrum for one hour and ten minutes and delivered his entire keynote speech from memory, without reading the text. It made an impression on me, and I told myself that I should publish it in a miniature book. I was inspired by the miniature of the inaugural speech of John F. Kennedy, published in the Netherlands after his death, which I already had in my collection at that time. I found a sponsor and implemented the idea. The book under the title “The Oath of Allegiance to the Homeland, the State and the People” was published by the 5th Moscow Obraztsova Printing House in three languages. I presented the book personally to President Heydar Aliyev at the official event dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Mammad Araz, which was held at the Philharmonic House and where the intellectuals met with the President.
The official presentation of the book to the public took place on June 3rd, 1995, in the Hall of Foreign Literature in the Azerbaijan National Library after M.F. Akhundov, where I was exhibiting 2000 miniature books out of the 4000 books in my collection at that time. President Aliyev examined the collection attentively, but he exhibited particular interest in three books: Alisher Navoi’s "Farkhad and Shirin", reproductions of Roerich and rare facsimile lifetime edition of Alexander Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin" (1837). I presented those three miniature books to the President. I remember standing near the display of Erich Huneker’s 10 volumes, and saying: "Heydar Aliyev, the German Democratic Republic does not exist anymore, however, the books remain". The President looked at me and replied: "This is a book that always remains."
In my speech that I gave on that same day, I said that if I were given a room, I would create a museum of miniature books and bequeath the books to the city. Nine months after the event (and after sending the letter to the mayor of Baku at the time Rafael Allahverdiyev), I received a call from the city’s architect who said: "Zarifa khanum, the place you choose will become the place of the museum".
The creation of the Museum is a vivid confirmation of Heydar Aliyev’s foresight. He realized the significance of the collection for the culture of the country. The grand opening of the Museum took place on April 23, 2002. That day was not a random selection, as April 23 is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Books and Copyrights.
A: Today, in the museum, in an area of 145 sqm, 30 glass cases exhibit more than 5500 miniature books published in 73 different countries.
The museum’s exposition consists of books on variety of topics such as: religion, life in foreign countries, sports and the Olympic movement, world classics; and also mini books on arts and many others.
Q: Could you please name "top of the most" books: rare, small, old?
A: The most rare books in the exhibition are the micro books published by "Toppan", Tokyo, Japan, with a size of 0.75 x 0.75; and the oldest book in the collection is a miniature of the "Koran", 1672 A.D., published in Saudi Arabia.
Q: Out of the whole collection, which book is your favorite?
A: It is that very old version of the "Koran", and also the lifetime edition of Pushkin’s "Eugene Onegin"(SPb..1837).
Q: Tell us, please, about one of your most remarkable achievements - getting into the Guinness Book of World Records?
A: In June 2014, I’ve read in the newspaper "Moskovsky Komsomolets" that a woman in America had grown out her nails and gotten into the Guinness Book of World Records; another man had grown a 5.5 meter long mustache and also won the Guinness Record. Those achievements, frankly speaking, are not that outstanding. So, as a board member of the Icheri Sheher’s Aksakkals, I asked the administration of Icheri Sheher to assist us in our application to the Guinness World Records Book.
The filing of the application was preceded by very tedious work. The reason was that, according to Guinness World Records’ requirements and standards for miniature books at that time, the size of miniature books could not exceed 75x75 mm; while in the USSR that formatting standard was 100x100 mm at that time. So, in order to figure out how many of my books would fit into that size requirement, I had to go through each book on each shelf. In the end, I found 2913 books in my collection that corresponded to that standard. Previously, the only record of Miniature Books was registered in 1982 by an Indian citizen’s collection of 286 books. We prepared all the necessary documentation and provided testimonial evidence from people who confirmed data about my collection. One of testifiers was the prominent Azerbaijani writer Chingiz Abdullayev. Also, upon the additional request, I was asked to confirm that the material I was providing was not falsified, and that I want to register the collection (not the museum). On January 20, 2015 we received a congratulatory letter stating that our collection would be included in the Guinness World Records. Finally, in March, 2015, on the very same day as the presentation of miniature books "Zakir Bagirov, 85", we received the long-awaited official certificate, which still weighs in the heart of the museum.
Azerbaijani painter Javad Mirjavadov is an unfathomed genius of the 20th century, a non-conformist and a reformer, whose masterpieces have had a tremendous influence on the development of contemporary Azerbaijani art.
Mirjavadov`s paintings are currently part of the collections of major art lovers and museums around the world. His works are either unequivocally recognized or rejected, but the further his creative work distances from us in time, the clearer one may comprehend the uniqueness of his grandeur as a classical contemporary painter in Azerbaijan, the merits that Mirjavadov has gained after many years of non-recognition by critics and viewers.
The history of the painter`s life is as complicated and captivating as his works. He was the first and the most remarkable figure of the Azerbaijani avant-garde. Though the painter was born to a well-to-do family in Baku in 1923, his ancestors were famed for being ascetics and curers. In a way, Mirjavadov followed in their footsteps, though he cured not human bodies, but human souls by his paintings. The turning point in his creative work came when he was a student and saw a reproduction of Paul Cezanne`s ``Mardi Gras``, experiencing creative regeneration. This passionate, dedicated and fearless man headed to Saint Petersburg to study the works of Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and other outstanding artists of the 20th century. In order to fully grasp the enormous courage of this decision, we must recall that this happened during Stalin`s rule, when taking interest in these painters was considered heterodoxy and even treachery.
noble or faint-hearted. His paintings indicate the versatile colors and mixture of human qualities. There is not a single bit of idealization or lies. Due to his straightforward and independent approach, non-compliant with Soviet ideology, the artist was shunned by the political system and did not live long enough to receive due recognition. 1985 was one of the most challenging years of his life. Persistent financial constraints, health problems and - the most disappointing of all - non-recognition of his talent, caused the painter to fall into a world of darkness. In one of those days the elderly, ailing and down-hearted artist asked his wife to turn on the TV, and on the screen was the smiling face of writer Chingiz Aytmatov, who just arrived in Baku. Half an hour later Mirjavadov and his spouse were at the guest house, and the artist told the crowd of admirers that he would be the first to meet the renowned writer. A minor squabble ensued, and Aytmatov` s friend, writer Leonid Latynin, came out after hearing the noise…Having looked at the slides of Mirjavadov`s paintings, he unexpectedly asked the Mirjavadovs to come in.
This meeting was a turning point in the artist`s life. On the following day, Aytmatov came to their apartment, which was full of Mirjavadov`s drawings. On the same day, a huge canvass entitled “Phaeton”, created by the Azerbaijani painter, became part of Aytmatov`s private collection. Moreover, the “Fire” painting soon ended up in Arthur Miller`s private collection, while “Somnambulu” was taken by Gabriel Garcia Marques, who said: “I will hang up `Somnambulu` in the study room at my apartment in Paris.”
Mirjavadov` s first private exhibition took place in 1987 when the artist was 64, and it was the first-ever opportunity to familiarize a wide range of viewers with his works. In 1987, when the breeze of freedom swept through the country, the daring painter was unexpectedly elected to the administration of the Union of Artists; the documentary “This is Javad” about the artist was shot; and the reproductions of his paintings were published in the Gobustan magazine. A year later, Mirjavadov was named a renowned art figure of the republic. In 1988 Mirjavadov`s drawings were included in an exhibition held in Japan. Mirjavadov got his first opportunity to travel abroad -- to faraway Denmark -- in 1989.
“I particularly rejoiced that the first country I could go to was a monarchy, to the aggravation of the communists, and at times I shouted on the streets “Viva the Queen!”
But as early as in 1988 Mirjavadov was diagnosed with the ruthless “atrophy of the brain”. The painter battled the illness for four years before he died.
The artist was fond of music…Once he asked his wife: “When I die, make sure you look at my eyes. If they are shut, I was born to be a musician, but if they are open, then my life was on the right path.”
He passed away on a train. Suffering from severe illness and still unrecognized, he has proven with his whole life that he was a real painter. Javad left this world with his eyes wide open. Author, arts critic Nargiz Hajiyeva extends her gratitude for the material provided by Lyubov Mirjavadova.
“It’s called ‘The Girl from the Golden Horn’. It’s a novel. It was written by Kurban Said, the same author who wrote ‘Ali and Nino’.”
“I didn’t know. What’s so special about it?” asks Gülsüm.
“Wait until you grow up to understand,” replies Rushthen. “Why? Is it so difficult to understand?” “Leave your dad alone! Why don’t you go play with Sindbad?” asks Shamsiya.
“I’m not in mood! Nobody’s in mood anyway in this house. I hate the snow. I feel cold. Maybe I’ll get the flue.”
Shamsiya heads for the corner where a computer is sitting. This is a computer used by all, when they are eating in the kitchen or sitting in the main living room. It is more convenient. Yet everyone has their own laptop.
Lately Shamsiya has started using Internet more than she used to. As if she had discovered a new teenagerhood. She is praised by friends and foes alike for being skillful at work and steady in fulfilling her unfinished business. Make no mistakes! Shamsiya does have a plenty of foes including people who hates her for breaking up with Fariz, her former husband, and for bringing about a group-headache by bringing Rushthen in the family’s life! Lately, Shamsiya has started to get acquainted with facebook. She was invited by Nigar, her best friend, to join. She did. No regrets so far. It is amazing how people give false information when subscribing to hide their real identity, and yet cannot help posting their real photos or commenting on serious issues like abortion or polygamy.
Rushthen likes the Internet too; but for a different purpose. He needs this medium to track hackers who think that breaking in a firm’s business is an achievement. He once used to be a hacker himself. Not good! Just a childish behavior because the task is pointless; besides, it plays the games initiated by the information technology creators. This did happen in the past when they talked about 2000 bug. Nothing happened. They did it also with the so-called stars war and space hijacking games. And they are doing it again with Wikileaks saga. God! How come Wikileaks is putting things upside down? Well Rushthen doesn’t buy it. Leaks have always been parts of dirty wars, and Wikileaks is part of this war. However, who might be the scapegoat, the victim or the winner?
Now, Rushthen is reading his “Girl from the Golden Horn”. Amazing! The story written almost eight decades ago, but so well with the present life! Would it be a sin to make the same mistake? What is happening in this neighborhood is intriguing! Secularism, modernity, identity, self-respect, religion and culture are a basket of controversial ingredients. Rushthen makes a pause and dreams away. The Caspian and the whole story of the region are all about survival! And what is he doing here anyway?
The phone is ringing. Shamsiya gets up and answers. It is her mother Ganira. Gülsüm is heading for the computer. Rushthen says ‘’No way”. Both pretend fighting for taking over the computer. Then Rushthen stops because he gets a glimpse of the screen where Shamsiya’s Facebook page is still open.
“I do have a facebook account too,” comments Gülsüm. “Since when?” asks Rushthen. “Since everybody started to have one.” “Does your mother know about it?” “Shamsiya? None of her business! I facebook as she does! You should facebook as I do. Facebook when you can’t read. I do sometimes,” mocks Gülsüm. She goes on teasing Rushthen. “Look and Facelook!” “Facelook? What do you mean?” “Just look and facelook! Look into the face and read….” “You’re amazing!” “How amazing?” “Amazing to the level I could swallow you at once!” “You like me nonetheless!” “What do you think?” “Look and facelook, then!” Rushthen has no time for arguing. He is astonished to notice that Shamsiya has so many friends on her facebook page. She never mentioned she had a facebook page. At a glance, he noticed also she has posted a hundred of pictures. He feels an unbearable unease for spying on Shamsiya and for noticing these details. “What the heck” he would have said in other circumstances. Gülsüm is watching him intently. Rushthen goes back to his book. However, he is not interested in reading anymore. He has to face the truth; he lives in the information technology era. What to do?
Snow outside is getting on Rushthen’s nerves. He returns to the Girl from the Golden Horn. The heroine is sitting in the veranda and thinking. Will it be safe to
“Social forum addicted too daddy! Amazing!” “What’re you implying Gülsüm?” “Just thoughts like thoughts could be. Inspiring sometimes; warning sometimes. Misleading sometimes… And you’re late…”
“This is getting serious! What are you trying to say?” protests Shamsiya. “It’s a private matter!” “Private?” “Private like private could be for anybody!” “I don’t get it. But better you shut up,” warns Shamsiya.
“Let her speak! Showtime for children!” says Rushthen.
“Do you think I’m just a spoiled girl?” asks Gülsüm.
“I didn’t mean that. But I’m a little confused. Why do you keep bringing up the Internet story in every conversation? Do you have a point you’d like to make or something?”
“As matter of fact I do. But you’re blind and you don’t see.” “Blind? How?” “Blind like a blind date!” Gülsüm answers. That is the kind of dialogue that cements Rushthen and Gülsüm. Shamsiya would not have authorized it had not she experienced the same attention and care from Rushthen. Rushthen would not complain either. He recalls when he first expressed the willingness to buy a piece of land to start a farming business. He could not, because the law did not allow foreigners to possess a land. He would register the land in Shamsiya’s name or Gülsüm’s name; but Fariz, said no. He still has not lost faith in getting back together with Shamsiya. Baku is a swamp of gossips. Fariz heard that Shamsiya was not really in love with Rushthen, and for the sake of being a good Azerbaijani; he had to reconcile with Shamsiya – and get the foreigner out of the city. Well, Rushthen did not lose faith either. He was pretty sure that the chemistry working between him and Gülsüm will eventually break the ices in Shamsiya’s heart and he will get a warm place somewhere in between.
As soon as Rushthen leaves the house, Shamsiya starts getting ready to go out too. She puts on a light make up, a drop of the perfume she likes the most, a gift from Nigar, her best confident in all times. She spends more time than usual looking into the mirror. She has never doubted her beauty. She has even been asked to apply for Miss Azerbaijan competition ahead of the Eurovision 2012. Some say she is a little older for that – absurd thoughts, she is only thirty years old. People forget that girls marry at a very early age in this region. At a second thought, why not? It she does apply, this will bring about gossip, which is good for her business. “Do you have a date Shamsiya?” asks Gülsüm. “How dare you call me Shamsiya? I’m your mother for God’s sake,” shouts Shamsiya.
“Between women, no need for superlatives, Shamsiya!” mocks Gülsüm.
“One of these days I’m going to teach you how to behave. Rushthen is spoiling you. But it’s not his fault.”
“Who’s fault Shamsiya?”
“You keep on teasing me. Wait till I come back.”
“Adults talk like children when they’re short of arguments. I’ll wait. What are going to do? Slap me? Hit me? Starve me to death? The fact is you’re having a date. Both of you!” “Why do you bother?” “I don’t want you to ruin this relationship. Rushthen is a good man.” “How do you know? He isn’t your real father.” “What that does mean being a real father or a real mother? Where do you live? Look around Shamsiya and wake up!”
Gülsüm would not be that sharp had not Rushthen come in her life as a stepfather and as a friend. He would not sleep before telling her a story or watching her until she would close her eyes. The first time Shamsiya introduced him to her Gülsüm felt like she had known him for years. He was such a nice and shy person. From the first day, he tried to be friendly with her. He managed to learn a couple of Azeri expressions. He was funny repeating them blindly as if he was going to be drafted or something. Gülsüm knew then that Rushthen was looking for a safe haven too. Shamsiya was not that in love with him. Yet, she was willing to tease her relatives by bringing a foreigner into the family. A foreigner with plenty of credentials but not that impressive from Gülsüm’s grandfather’s point of view. Gülsüm was lazy at school. She was mad at her father, Fariz, who happened to drink a lot and find also time to go to the mosque. Therefore gossips were the common recipe in the whole neighborhood. Her father? A nice man though, but he was very busy running after a lost dream. He is a real Bakuvian. You would figure it out from the way he looks down to people walking on the Boulevard. He likes to say, Baku was a peaceful place once where one could enjoy life amid people whom he knew. Now, you are in trouble because you may run into a foreigner who would pretend being a relative and would never leave until he would swindle you. Fariz is exaggerating.
“Now, I can watch this movie without being disturbed. I can’t wait to find out why Shamsiya and Rushthen are so careful watching it every weekend?” Gülsüm says.
She sits on the sofa Rushthen bought at an auction a week earlier, and switches on the Video while playing with Shamsiya’s lipstick. Shamsiya would kill her if she found out about it. Right now Gülsüm does not care.
‘Joe is emailing to Kathleen trying to flirt with her. Kathleen is skeptical about her feelings and gets confused because Joe is really trying hard to express how badly he is willing to meet her.’
“I swear I don’t mother!” Shamsiya stops arguing. Gülsüm is calling her ‘mother’.
“I swear. You’ve got to believe me,” says Gülsüm again. “Then, who did destroy the computer?” “Facebook! Wikileaks! Probably,” mocks Gülsüm. “How do you know?” “Rushthen thinks so!” “Rushthen? Oh right! What foam of nonsense! He’d have to explain to me some missing links down the valley of our life as Bakuvians!”
Late night, Rushthen shows up a little exhausted. He is reported about the computer destruction. He seems a little worried too. However, he makes no comment. He even brings a box of chocolates that he offers to Gülsüm. The dinner is served. Shamsiya and Rushthen barely talk to each other. Shamsiya asks Gülsüm what she has been doing when they were out; she says she had started watching “You’ve got mail”, but she could not finish it, because Joe and Cathleen were such losers. She is asked where the carpet of the living room has gone. She does not know. Strange! The carpet has gone too. Sindbad is still agitated. “What’s wrong with Sindbad?” asks Rushthen. “I don’t know,” says Shamsiya. “Maybe Gülsüm has something to share with us. We’re not interested in Joe and Kathleen’s story. Too romantic and over-exaggerated! We’re listening!” “I’ve nothing to say.” “Try!” “Do you really want to know?” “Honest!” “I read somewhere on someone’s facebook that “Pictures might be beautiful and sceneries splendid, they remain virtual still!”
“Quite inspiring!” says Rushthen. “I thought I read such statement too.”
“I read also on another facebook page that “Power comes with love.” And that “Strength is generated in and by a full and genuine dedication.” I also like this one: “A mirror is simply a reflection of an image; it is never the image”. Also that one “Masks can prove to be the real nature of a human being!” “Quite inspiring indeed!” comments Shamsiya. Then Rushthen gets up and says: “I’d better be finishing reading ‘The Girl from the Golden Horn’. I really need to understand.”
“Don’t you like to facelook a little daddy?” mocks Gülsüm.
“Not for the time being genius! Reading books is also virtual, but books have got the merit to give you room to think and assess. No rush.” Gülsüm turns to Shamsiya, and asks: “What about you mother?” “You call me mother again!” “I know. You’re my mother. Aren’t you? You’ve always been. Don’t you want to facebook?”
“Not anymore! It’s a virtual deadly game. I don’t like it anymore!”
Shamsiya hugs her daughter and says:
“I forgot to tell you that Fariz is willing to take you for a trip next spring? What do you think?”
“I ask daddy Rushthen, first!” “He wouldn’t mind.” “I’ll think about it.” A few minutes later, Rushthen shows up. He seems a little upset again.
“I hate it when I can’t use internet. Did we forget to pay the monthly bill? It’s not working….”
“You said you were going to chat with your Girl from the Golden Horn? Change of plans or addiction?” asks Shamsiya. “I’m not kidding.” “I don’t think we failed to pay the bill. It might be technical problem, because of the snow. I’ll check tomorrow,” explains Shamsiya.
“Besides, I can’t believe you didn’t tell me you were going to the Museum Center. We would have gone together,” protests Rushthen.
“You didn’t ask me,” replies Shamsiya. “And since when I’m supposed to lay down my daily schedule to you?”
“It’d have been nice to have a drink at the same place we first met.” “You do remember…” “Indeed. But what made you wear the same perfume?”
“I don’t know. A hint! An intuition! And what about you dressed like a gigolo? Like the first time we met!” “A hint! An intuition, like you said.” Gülsüm could not help sneering. Her parents would not get it. Not yet! But she has faith. Sooner or later, she will make her point best understood for good. She leaves the stage followed by Sindbad.
“Don’t you know Sindbad that there’re two categories of individual-pets? The first category involves those who always think that the others are animals and they are human. The second category involves those who know what exactly the first category thing about them but don’t have the guts to challenge them to prove that they really are human and that they’ve to leave the task of classifying people according to origins to the nature and the weather. They’re animals too. To which category do we belong, you and me my poor Sindbad?”
Gülsüm brushes her teeth and decides to go sleeping. While in bed, she resumes drawing in her mind the painting she could not finish earlier. All of a sudden the Girl from the Golden Horn emerges from nowhere.
‘Why are you so anxious to see things go your way? Leave it to time! No rush. Don’t make the same mistake! Trust your instinct! They’re going to heal. It’s meant to be this way. No rush! It’s a matter of faith and promise. Go ahead with your drawing but make no mistake, the virtual might prove to be a safe haven, a shelter, a redemption!’
The Girl vanishes. Gülsüm smiles. She hugs Sindbad and sleeps at once.
piera” or soup tureen, a nickname which has lasted to this day. Eventually, they removed the fountain from Campo de’ Fiori and put it in the place where it currently stands.
How did a cannonball arrive in the center of a fountain in Viale Trinitàdei Monti?
Legend has it that one morning the famous 17th century resident of Rome, former queen Cristina of Sweden , was bored and wanted to go hunting, but because she was not allowed to venture into the forest alone, she had to invite someone else to accompany her. But how could she find someone quickly? According to the story, she decided to fire a cannonball against the door of the Villa Medici to wake up the owner of the property and make him participate at the hunt. As evidence to support the truth of this story, you can see a dent on the bronze gate of Villa Medici.) How do you think the owner reacted? Suprisingly, he was delighted, and he even decided to move the cannonball and put it in the fountain near his residence! Incredible!!! COLOSSEUM UNDERGROUND
See more of the Colosseum than ever before on this incredible look inside Rome's most symbolic monument.
Finally, tourists can visit the underground of the Colosseum. You can access it through the majestic “Libitinarian” gates, which have been renovated during recent years. The descent to the hypogeum or underground level will complete your visit to the Colosseum. There you will see the place where Roman slaves worked out of sight of but was subsequently closed for being too dangerous; it has reopened recently to the public. This tour is fantastic because it allows visitors to discover special places that tell the story of Rome in one of the most ancient monuments of the world. ANGELS AND DEMONS IN THE UNDERGROUND OF PIAZZA NAVONA
In the wake of the success of the Dan Brown thriller Angels and Demons, this guided tour is focused on the real places described in the bestseller based on the Illuminati. The book and tour
In a region populated by olive and almond trees, Noto sits on a plateau dominating the valley of the Asinaro and its citrus plantations. This tiny Baroque jewel endowed with an opulent beauty is a result of a single tragic event - the earthquake of 1693, which, despite causing death and destruction to this part of Sicily, also prompted huge efforts to rebuild it. The town ( Noto Antica- Ancient), that before the earthquake was located some 9- 10 km away from its current location, has its origins way back in Antiquity. lt witnessed the birth of Ducetius who, in 5 B. C., made the Greeks shake in their shoes for inciting the Siculi against the Sicilian na- tionalist movement. The 1693 earthquake completely destroyed the old town. A broader and safer site was chosen for the new town; the site could accommodate a straightforward, linear town plan, with intersections at right angles and wide, parallel streets in accordance with new Baroque taste. Three of the main streets run across the town from east to west, and always lay bathed in sunshine.
The town was divided into three parts each populated according to the social status: the highest part of the town was reserved for the town’s nobility; the centre of the town - for the clergy ( all except the hun-
Spinola in sal. S. Caterina, Palazzo Giacomo Spinola at piazza Fontane Marose, Palazzo Agostino Balbi that shares the name of the street where it is located (via Balbi), Palazzo Cosma Centurione into via Lomellini. A long sequence of other buildings “dei Rolli” occupies the central part of the antique built-up area of Genoa and; the list would be too long to report it entirely.
The City of Doria, Mazzini, and Montale are the cities of many other painters, the authors of splendid great works of the seventeenth century.
There are many talented Genoese contemporary painters (Raimondo Sirotti executive director of the Linguistic Academy, Walter Di Giusto, Giannetto Fieschi and so on). The major works of one of those famous painters are currently reproduced by Roberto Perotti, who received the award from the culture department of the city. Six paintings from Roberto Perotti are also owned by the GAM Museum of Genoa Nervi.
The culture of the sea is magnificently presented in the Genoese aquarium, which is one of the most visited places in Italy, at the Museum of the Sea (MUMA) where the story of the city and the story of the maritime activities are well presented.
Besides the glorious buildings, Genoa amazes visitors with its little villages situated on the coast of Liguria, safeguarded during the years with the colorful houses, the little fishing boats assembled on the coast, something that no one can imagine in a city. We will mention only a few of those typical villages: Boccadasse, that is situated at the end of the path near the sea of Corso Italia; and, near that village, there is Vernazzola, where you can find the fascinating atmosphere of the past, with calm and full of poetry.
Furthermore, the Nervi parks, which are located in the neighborhood at the oriental extremity of the commune of Genoa, not only have rare arboreal species and a gorgeous rose garden, but also three Museums: The GAM, the Wolfsoniana and the collection Frugone.
The story of the sea traffic with nearby places and Far East is the story of the glorious republic of Genoa, which has been for centuries the queen of the sea together with its rival Venice. The traces of cultural exchange and multiculturalism created by those trades can be seen in the city even today.
The extraordinary potential of Genoa port with its features and strategic position is not sufficiently explored yet. Also, there are lots of problems in the city, with one of the main one being the deficiencies in the transport infrastructure; this is especially true for the railway infrastructure that connects the city with northern regions of the country. Recently, they built so-called “third crossing place”, in order to relieve the city’s central parts of the traffic load. Since Genoa is not a sufficiently renovated (although beautiful) city, this measure should help to decrease the load on some of its parts.
It is only recently that the touristic value of this once glorious Republic has become known to the world. People visiting the city become shocked by its beauty, and by the fact that they did not know about it.
There is Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Genoa, and the Consul is Margherita Costa, former Italian Ambassador to Azerbaijan.
Who loves the sea, knows very well the magnificence of its shows. Unpredictable or calm, the sea stays nevertheless the most popular destination to relax and enjoy the sunshine. The sea bottom is also very generous and marvelous; it can allow a dive into the silent and oscillating world rich of colors and fantastic creatures.
The sea bottom is made of sediments of different origins, dispersed out over the oceans by rock fragments, consumed by waves, muds and volcanic sands.
For those who love the sea, the exploration of sea bottom is a key moment of holidays.
The Italian coast is highly diverse, developed and has many different environments. Even though it is “inserted” into the Mediterranean Sea, Italy also faces the Tyrrhenian Sea on the west, and the Adriatic Sea on its east, both with many different features. The warm seaside of Calabria will not let you be indifferent. With the sea bottoms of Tropea and Capo Vaticano, we can cherish cliffs completely covered by wonderful corals and colorful seaweeds. Thanks to the transparence of the sea, you can observe the most beautiful fishes standing on the seashore.
Pianosa Island, also called the ‘Devil Island’, is one of the most popular destinations for those who like to dive in. The island, which is a real jewel, is part of the Tuscany archipelago; it is worth to visit it to admire its wonderful sea bottom.
Sardinia: You can find here beautiful places that provide excellent conditions for diving; the area is full of evocative places to visit. Villasimìus has a rich and diverse sea bottom, made of rocks, precipices, and wonderful marine flora – its richness allows an unforgettable scuba diving experience.
The sea bottom in the protected marine zone of Miramare in the Gulf of Trieste is also a good diving site, thanks to the low sea bottom and the vast variety of fishes; the environment here is made of rock, gravel and sand, and has a huge diversity of extremely rare species.
The cape of Portofino is one of the most interesting destinations due to its wonderful sea bottom. You will enjoy observing the huge fish variety and marine species that live in the rock cracks, and the “posidonia oceanica” which is