By Marco Polo, Ronald Latham

Marco Polo used to be the main well-known traveler of his time. His voyages all started in 1271 with a trip to China, and then he served the Kubilai Khan on quite a few diplomatic missions. On his go back to the West he was once made a prisoner of struggle and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated in this ebook. The bills of his travels offer a desirable glimpse of the various societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and lifestyle; at the spices and silks of the East; on invaluable gemstones, unique crops and wild beasts. He tells the tale of the holy shoemaker, the depraved caliph and the 3 kings, between a superb many others, evoking a distant and long-vanished global with color and immediacy.

Translated with an creation by means of Ronald Latham.

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Cinema There are hundreds of cinemas across the city. 30am or noon, following at around 3pm, 6pm, 9pm and usually midnight. Tickets cost 8–15TL depending on the poshness of the cinema, with reduced general admission one night weekly (often Mon). Most films have a fifteen-minute break mid-action, to allow cigarette-smokers to satisfy their habit in the stairways and cafés. 338. 5FM) specializes in Latin and jazz, and Energy (102) in jazz. 2). 4). BASICS National Geographic and the History Channel (hit the remote’s language button to get the original English language).

Round odd taxi fares upwards (you may not have a choice, as the driver may genuinely not have small change); hotel porters should be tipped appropriately. indd 35 35 2/25/09 3:18:24 PM KDV: Turkish VAT BASICS | Costs, money and banks The Turkish variety of VAT (Katma Değer Vergisi or KDV), ranging from 8 to 23 percent depending on the commodity, is included in the price of virtually all goods and services (except car rental, where the fifteen percent figure is usually quoted separately). Look for the notice Fiyatlarımız KDV Dahildir (VAT included in our prices) if you think someone’s trying to do you for it twice.

Com. A weeklong fair selling the work of some fifty or so İstanbul galleries and visiting foreign artists – paintings, sculptures, pottery and fabrics. Held inconveniently at the Tüyap Centre, in the suburbs near Atatürk International airport. October Akbank International Jazz Festival Twoweek festival concentrating on traditional jazz, with performers such as Dave Holland and Henry Threadgill. Events include film screenings, informal jamming sessions and drum workshops. Varied venues include the Byzantine church of Aya Irene and the Babylon Performance Centre in Beyoğlu.

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