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Earth Hour and Wine Tastings in Istanbul
Last Saturday, the 28th of March, sawÂ Earth Hour, when â€“worldwide- the lights were dimmed to preserve energy and help save the planet. Istanbul was no exception and, on a bigger scale, the illumination of the Bosporus Bridge which joins the European and the Asian part of the city was reduced.
Earth Hour in the Four Seasons Hotel
On a smaller, and very nice scale, the Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbulâ€™s Sultanahmed district joined in and observed Earth Hour with a candle light dinner. In addition, all chandeliers and lamps went out and the entire hotel was lighted by countless Â candles. A magic sight for a good cause as you can see in the picture.
A Prison turned luxury hotel
The Four Seasons Hotel is remarkable for a variety of reasons. Situated Â in one of Istanbulâ€™s most historic districts, Â it is within walking distance of such major sights as the
The luxury hotel is Â located in a beautifully renovated neoclassic building which until the early 20th century was an Ottoman prison. If you decide to stay there, you can actually, tongue in cheek, say that you spent the night in prison!
No traces remain of course and the hotel is cosy, intimate and of a muted elegance.
It doesnâ€™t come cheap though, so another opportunity to enjoy the surroundings is to attend the weekly wine tastings, hosted by the hotelâ€™s Food & Wine manager, delightful Australian AngelaÂ Moore.
Wine tastings in Istanbul
It comes as a surprise to many visitors to Turkey, that the country produces first class wines, particularly reds from the region around Izmir. The Four Seasons Hotel has made it its business to promote Turkish wine and therefore hosts the wine tasting each Friday.
If you happen to be in Istanbul and like wine,Â donâ€™t miss the Bakus Butik Saraplari on Friday 2nd of April. According to the hotelâ€™s info, this is a very specialÂ occasion as they present wines from a unique and sophisticated winery never before tasted in Istanbul.
5 tastings and a gorgeous cheese buffet, includingÂ a variety of Turkish bread, cost TL 30. ($1 apprx, TL 1.5) I went to a tasting last Friday and itâ€™s also a social event where you can meet and mingle with interesting local wine enthusiasts. This is an inside tip which no tour guide will tell you about.
Reservations can be made by calling 012 402 3156 or emailing angela at angela.moore.@fourseasons.com.
Or else, as several people did, just turn up at 7pm and Angela will find you a seat in a hurry.
Serife, as they say in Turkish!
Photo credit:Â author’s personal collection