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Polish memories from Turkey

Istanbul - the heart of Turkey, the city that connects two continents - Europe and Asia, a unique mixture of the West and the Orient, the largest agglomeration of Europe. Here in the days from 5th - 9th December 2012 was held the first meeting of the countries that participate in Comenius Project 'Let's Learn Traditions with Ceremonies'. To the meeting came the coordinators and teachers from partner schools from Turkey (the hosts), Italy, Hungary and Poland. The main aim of the meeting was to exchange information and share experience concerning our project, choosing the best logo and discuss the details connected with our future meetings. All the participants showed presentations about their countries, regions, towns, schools, national traditions and customs. During the meeting it turned out that despite of cultural and language differences we all understand each other very well.

Turkish hosts were very, very nice and hospitable. They gave us so many possibilities to discover Turkish culture ,traditions , the language and cousine.

And Istanbul - I really loved the city; so mysterious, magical and beautiful. We saw many amazing places there. Among them there were: Topkapi Palace - a large palace that was primary a residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years and Hagia Sophia - a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires; once a church, later a mosque and now a museum has always been precious in the history...

We had a chance to be in a real Muslim mosque and personally it impressed me a lot.

After the meeting with history and religion we had a Bosphorus cruise. That was really awesome:. When we were finishing the cruise it was already a twilight. It was so wonderful to see that incredible city full of lights.

Being in Istanbul you just cannot miss one of the bazaars. The most characteristic is the Grand Bazaar - one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops. This is an unusual, colourful and noisy, crowded place. We were strolling among those narrow streets, admiring the goods. We liked it, it was a nice experience. We bought some souvenirs too.

The meeting in Turkey was a very nice and important aspect of the project. I'd like to thank you all our Turkish friends for organizing our stay there, for their kindness and hospitality. The next meeting (this time with students) in May 2013 in Poland. Can't wait to guest you here: See you soon my dears.

Polish coordinator: Patrycja Rudnicka