The blue mosque

Discover our expert tour in Istanbul. Take a look at our complete program of guided tours in Turkey. Massive and magnificent, the Blue Mosque dominates Istanbul’s skyline. Six minarets, silvered in the sun, pierce the air like future rockets. Built four hundred years ago, in 1603-1717, by Sultan Ahmet I, it was designed to compete with the large church of Hagia Sophia, just a stone’s throw north. The Blue Mosque, which has not only challenged one of the holiest shrines in Christendom, even competed for supremacy with the holiest mosque of Islam in Mecca, the only one of its kind …

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Alexandre the holidays

A guide in the footsteps of Alexander the Great. First release in National Geographics An unforgettable journey: 500 of the world’s greatest travel. In addition to the travel stories, Peter personally leads some of our guided cultural tours in Turkey every year. Alexander the Great has inspired the imagination of people around the world for more than 2000 years. Barely in his youth he came to Asia with about 45,000 men to conquer the vast and rich Persian Empire. He did not stop, but continued his epic journey from 22,000 km, Troy to Alexandria, Samarkand to Babylon. When he died, …

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A window to the past

Green Valley Stories, a BBC television series, explores life on a 17th-century British farm. This 12 ½-hour television documentary, produced and directed by Peter Sommer, received the prestigious “Learning on Screen” Award for its rich historical and educational content, conferred by the British University Film and Video Council. This article on the series was first published in the October issue of Retirement Today. The goal Why make a TV series about life on a 400 year old farm? That was my first question when I was asked to shoot a series of 12 episodes of the BBC, Green Valley Tales, …

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Article from the green valley

Green Valley Stories, a BBC television series, explores life on a 17th-century British farm. The 12 ½-hour television documentary, produced and directed by Peter Sommer, was awarded the prestigious “Learning on Screen” by the British Film and Video Council For an overview of the series and reviews, visit stories of the Green Valley. You may also want to see another recently published feature in the series – Green Valley Tales: A Window in the Past The following article is copyrighted by Countryman Magazine. How was a farm operated 400 years ago in the UK? That’s the key question in the …

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Temple of Apollo in Didyme, Turkey

In addition to the travel stories, Peter personally leads some of our trips to Turkey every year. This archaeological travel article about Didyma in Turkey was first published in: Meet the philosophers of Ancient Greece: Everything you always wanted to know about Greek philosophy without knowing who to ask. Ed. Patricia F. O’Grady, Ashgate Publishing 2005. The memory of the joy that this place has given me will not be easy to erase. The pillars … are so deliciously thin, the marble mass is so large and noble that it is impossible to preserve greater beauty and greater majesty in …

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Navigate through the history

Rain splashed the window. It was freezing cold. When I sat in the dark depths of the University of Birmingham Library in 1994, I dreamed of a warm and exotic place. Turkey was the place that enlightened my imagination. Three great things embody this land. Only four hours by air from the UK, it has a profoundly different culture, clearly unknown. A country at the head of Europe and Asia, with two heads simultaneously East-West, embodies the magic and mysticism of the East. Formerly known as nomads of Central Asia, Turks were for centuries the global mediator, famous merchants who …

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