每日英語跟讀 Ep.K296: About Turkey - Wandering dog is Istanbul commuters’ best friend
In a packed Istanbul passenger ferry between Europe and Asia, all eyes turn to one commuter enjoying the view from his window.
A street dog with golden-brown fur, dark eyes and floppy ears, Boji has become a regular sight on ferries, buses and metro trains in Instabul. A devoted commuter, the dog enjoys long journeys on public transport, up to 30 kilometers on a regular week day.
Istanbul municipality officials who record Boji’s trips with a microchip say he drops by at least 29 metro stations a day and was even tracked at sea, taking a weekend break to the Princes’ Islands off the city’s coast.
Boji respects public transport rules and waits for disembarking passengers before hopping on the train.
Turks revive glory of tulips from Istanbul土耳其重現伊斯坦堡的鬱金香光采
It’s not the minarets, the sunsets or the Bosphorous views making Istanbul’s April crowds coo with pleasure -- it is the tulips.
With a tulip blooming for almost every one of its 12 million inhabitants the city hopes to remind the world that Turkey was the original home of the flower now more usually associated with clogs, cheese and windmills.
Tulips hail originally from eastern Turkey and the steppe of central Asia and were cultivated by the Ottomans, who took the flower to their imperial capital Istanbul. The word "tulip" derives from the Turkish word tulbent, referring to the Sultan’s turban headdress, which the flower resembled in shape.
An angry mob uprising in the eighteenth century saw Istanbul’s opulent tulip gardens all but disappear, and the city had been largely without beds of the flower ever since.
Today tulips line the Sea of Marmara coast, protrude from concrete islands amid Istanbul’s notoriously heavy traffic and nestle in colourful clusters by the city’s key tourist sights.
Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbas hopes the brief period during which the flowers are in bloom will stir memories of their place in Turkish culture.
伊斯坦堡市長托普巴斯希望，在鬱金香盛開的短暫期間，能讓世人想起這些花兒在土耳其文化中的地位。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1495447 ; https://mypaper.pchome.com.tw/maple20131116/post/1326676163