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Photo Essay: Spring in Turkey Special

Posted Apr 26, 2013 by Lonna Lisa Williams
Spring has finally come to Turkey, and people enjoy walking outside in the sunshine, strolling through parks, planning weddings, and admiring tulips.
Come to Turkey in early spring and see for yourself the lovely tulips  wedding dresses  and Tulip Er...
Come to Turkey in early spring and see for yourself the lovely tulips, wedding dresses, and Tulip Era artistry
Tulips are an important flower for Turkey and can be found in tourism symbols, hand-made lace, and jewelry. Grown natively in Anatolia for centuries, tulips were first introduced to Europe by a German ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in the 16th Century. Tulips were the symbol of the Ottoman Empire, courtly romance, and love. Only the rich and refined could truly grow tulips, display them in their homes, draw paintings of them, and write them into poetry. The golden age of the Ottoman Empire, in the 18th Century, was called the Tulip Era ("Lale Devri" in Turkish).
After a long, cold winter in northwest Turkey, spring finally arrived this April. Tulips of all colors graced parks and hillsides. People planned weddings, relaxed at open-air cafes, and gave each other bouquets of Turkish "lale."
A family strolls along a row of tulips at Seka Park in Izmit  Kocaeli
A family strolls along a row of tulips at Seka Park in Izmit, Kocaeli
A duck bathes in a fountain  celebrating spring
A duck bathes in a fountain, celebrating spring
A man relaxes on a bench among the spring trees
A man relaxes on a bench among the spring trees
My Turkish husband and I pose by tulips in Seka Park
My Turkish husband and I pose by tulips in Seka Park
Pink tulips
Pink tulips
Yellow tulips
Yellow tulips
Tulip motifs can be seen in the lace of wedding dresses which reflect the romance of Turkish spring
Tulip motifs can be seen in the lace of wedding dresses which reflect the romance of Turkish spring
The Fountain of Ahmed III in front of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul is in the Lale Devri (Tulip Era) st...
The Fountain of Ahmed III in front of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul is in the Lale Devri (Tulip Era) style
Come to Turkey in early spring and see for yourself the lovely tulips  wedding dresses  and Tulip Er...
Come to Turkey in early spring and see for yourself the lovely tulips, wedding dresses, and Tulip Era artistry