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Change Does Not Need to Wait

Have you been stuck at home for a year now? Have you decided to prioritize some of the things that you have been holding back? Are you finally ready to make the changes that you’ve always wanted? Now is the time.

In 2020, we all learned how important it is to “be here now”. Be in the moment, be present. We also understood the value of love, freedom and self-content. We now know how important it is to hug someone you love, have a cup of coffee with a friend or watch a movie at a cinema.

Most of us did not have a chance to travel, see new places, meet new people; let alone have a vacation. We postponed everything. We postponed going to places, we postponed exploring, we postponed our lives. But you know what?.. Not everyone did the same.

Do you know for some changes, the perfect conditions occurred during 2020. The transition towards digital education, reading a new book every week, learning to cook a new dish or changing the way your body looks. Did you know that Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeries boomed in the past year?

People saw the opportunity to stay at home and have a healthy healing period and made their decisions to change. Think about all the people you saw after quarantine periods and how better they looked! You said, “Wow, you look so good but I cannot tell why!” Well let me tell you why: They had their change that was long overdue. Plastic Surgeries have reached their highest numbers in the past year and are still increasing.

If you want to be in the moment, be happy with yourself, create a better version of your body, NOW is the time.

Unlock your true potential when the rest of the world is under lockdown! Renew yourself and be a new person.

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Medical Tourism Companies in Istanbul

When you decide to travel abroad or to another country for getting a treatment, you become a medical tourist. There are many reasons to become a medical tourist but the most common ones are:

• If your country of residence does not have the specific treatment you need
• If the treatment you need or want is too expensive or not affordable at your country of residence
• If desired service level at medical treatment facilities are better at alternatives

For Turkey, all boxes check and that is why Turkey is one of the leading countries for medical tourists to seek treatment. Turkey, especially Istanbul has internationally recognized and awarded hospitals with very successful doctors. The technology is very high, robotic treatments are offered, medical staff is very professional and Turkey is very affordable. There are also medical tourism companies that plan a medical tourist’s trip from finding the right hospital and doctor to arrange their accommodation and transportation.

Dental implants, obesity surgeries, IVF, oncologic treatments, plastic and cosmetic surgeries are some of the different areas of medicine Istanbul hospitals and clinics are excellent at. When there are so many options and one center is best at one area and the other is better at another medical area, medical tourism companies and professional medical tourism consultants become very important.

At MedAssist, we listen to you, understand your needs and direct you to the best hospital or clinic or doctor of your needs. In Istanbul there are very special doctors who are highly skilled and internationally recognized. They specialize in different solutions and you can call them “best” at different areas. MedAssist works with all the best clinics and hospitals and our medical consultant team operates 7/24.

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FunDay with Your Family: Children Tours

Family and children has always been a very important part of Turkish culture. “Family First” is a common saying that is repeated on many occasions. There are events all around the city throughout the city which you can attend with your family.

MOIPark (Mall of Istanbul Park) is Turkey’s first and Europe’s largest indoor park. Giant swings, high-speed shuttles, adrenaline-filled games, fun tunnels, and Turkey’s first and only horror-conscious hotel are some of the fun places you can esplore. There are stores, gift-giving units, restaurants where you can spend fun-filled moments. As Europe’s largest indoor entertainment colony, MOIPark consists of two floors on a 12.000 m² area. There are many games full of fun, unites and swings on the below stairs for the kids older than 10 years and on the upstairs for the kids between the 4-10 years old. Live stage shows and entertainments, MOIPark invites you to a colorful world where you will have great fun.

İsfanbul is the first theme park in İstanbul. Offering different rides to children and to the whole family, having numerous shops and restaurants, offering a magical experience in Jungle Park full of exotic animals and Safari, movies and concerts at İsfanbul Show Center will help you plan a fun day with your family during your treatment.

KidzMondo is an indoor theme park, designed for kids between the ages of 4 to 14. It features self – contained city built for and run by kids. KidzMondo has its own economy – its currency, public services and over 40 different professions such as Astronomy, Dans&Music Club, Crime Scene Investigation, Supermarket, Police Station, Hotel, Beauty Salon, Race Track and many more in the park. KidzMondo is a safe theme park where kids enjoy while performing the role they are playing and are led by a highly qualified educator team.

Miniatürk, bringing together the rich architectural heritage of the civilizations that had ruled and left their marks on this ancient land from ancient ages to Rome, Byzantine, Seljuk Empire and Ottoman Empire. Miniaturk has become a showcase of Turkey with the Slogan of “A small Model of a Big Country”. 135 models in total, 62 from Istanbul, 60 from Anatolia and 13 from Ottoman territory outside of Turkey, that were selected among thousands of architectural works based on their repute. Miniaturk is not limited to Turkey and Turkish culture. It carries the life experiences of the nearby geography, including the values that give Anatolia its character. Reaching to the Golden Horn three thousand years ago, the traces left by the civilizations ruled by peace, tolerance and justice are brought together in this park.

On one side, the caravanserais, social complexes, madrasas, bridges, stations, piers, castles, city walls, tombs, mosques, churches, synagogues, palaces, mansions, obelisks, monuments and sculptures, on the other side, unique natural formations from fairy chimneys to Pamukkale which were selected by the meticulous work of an expert team.

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Tastes from Mesopotamia, Anatolia to Ottoman: Gourmet Tours

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Anatolian soil has always been productive, fertile and suprising when it comes to food. The North and the Black Sea has a different climate, the South and the Mediterranean Sea has a completely different climate. A fish you eat at the Bosphorus has a different taste; a kebab you eat at Sultanahmet has a completely different taste. Everything is delicious, every smell is intoxicating, every taste is different and for us, eating fine food on this land is very serious.

There are gourmet tours in and out of Istanbul and MedAssist will surely take you only to the very best. You can have sushi at a luxurious rooftop or a lahmacun at a busy street. Shish kebab will be festive for your tummy and a slice of baklava will be the cherry on top. There are famous Turkish tastes that cannot be missed and we will make sure that your food will be a part of your healing process. Famous gourmet brands such as Nusret, Günaydın, Beyti, Sur Fish, Zuma or Huqqa are some of the examples that you might want to try. Your trip to Istanbul will be a gastro-journey once you tell our professionals where and what you want to eat!

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Hearing the Sound of Silence: A getaway from the city at The Prince’s Islands

The Princes’ Islands are a chain of nine rather small islands in the Sea of Marmara. They evolved from a place of exile during the Byzantine era, to a popular destination for tourists and Istanbulites that want to escape from the hectic city life for a day. Of those nine islands, only four of them are open to the public: Büyükada, the biggest and most popular, Burgazada, Heybeliada and Kınalıada. The main feature of any of the Princes’ Islands is the sound of silence. Since all motorized vehicles are banned and horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are the main transportation means on the islands, places are an oasis of peace and quiet. The only sounds you’ll hear are bicycle bells and the typical sounds of horse hoofs.

There is a famous hill at Buyukada and at the top of the hill is the small Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. (Aya Yorgi Church). There has been a monastery on the same spot since 963, when the Byzantines ruled the city. The inside of the church is adorned with marble floors and beautiful old icons. One icon in particular will catch your attention – that of St. George. It’s said to have healing powers for those who visit the church. What is so special about this place is the people coming up and down the hill, those lighting candles, and those asking for blessings from the priest. Not everybody is Greek. Not everybody is Christian. And that’s what’s so special about this church. Turks and Muslims join Greeks and Christians every day of the year to come pray at the church.

The second biggest of the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul is Heybeliada (Saddlebag Island), also known by its Greek name, Halki. It makes for a nice, relaxing day trip from the bustling and chaotic mainland. The island historically was home to many Greek and Jewish inhabitants of Istanbul, and its multiculturalism still shows to this day, mostly through religious buildings. There are some restaurants and cafés to eat, or you can jump on a horse-drawn carriage or rent a bike and begin exploring the island. Burgazada and Kınalıada are other Prince’s Islands where nature meets history and offers a wonderful daily trip for those who need fresh air and plenty of fish to eat!

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Shop Till You Drop! Luxury meets Design

İstanbul offers a wide range of shopping options. It is not a coincidence that the historical, legendary Silk Road starting from China ends in Istanbul. The enchanting atmosphere and the mixed smells of Spice Market can take you centuries back in just seconds. Being one of the largest and oldest covered bazaars in the world, the Grand Bazaar is 30,700 square meters with over 60 streets and alleys and 4,000 shops. As you walk through jewelry shops, antiques, carpet and kilim dealers, you will only experience the Ottoman Trade Life, you will get a real sense of bargaining for the right price!

Just in a couple of minutes, we will take you back to 21st century shopping with our Famous Malls Tour. One of Istanbul’s most spectacular shopping centers’, Istinye Park is home to international and home-grown stores as well as eating places which center around three main areas; the grand rotunda, the lifestyle center and the bazaar. Istinye Park shopping mall features both indoor and outdoor space. With its giant glass dome and glass ceilings the mall brings the sun in and gives its visitors the perfect harmony of indoor comfort and outdoor airiness. In IstinyePark visitors can experience the joy of sitting under the shade of a tree or the comfort of chit-chating with a local shopkeeper, together with the ultimate pleasure of watching a movie in a state-of-the-art theater or the fullfillment of living an active city life. All is possible under one roof.

Zorlu Center, located right at the heart of Istanbul, will offer different alternatives for different needs, featuring a broad selection of restaurants, cafes and hundreds of global brands. Creating an unequalled living space, Zorlu Center defines itself as the “ meeting venue in the city”. Combining fashion giants under the same roof, Zorlu Shopping Center offers a privileged shopping experience for its guests with its brand diversity. Zorlu Shopping Mall creates difference with its gourmet concept and extraordinary movie experience to cinephiles as well. With an innovative approach, as Zorlu Center we also offer our visitors the services and applications that do not exist in other shopping malls. Concierge, Special Services for Families with Children, Power Banks, Free Wifi and Patented Personnel are some of the special services Zorlu offers.

On the Asian side, Emaar Square Mall has been designed as a destination for shopping, entertainment and gastronomy, and offers an extraordinary experience to its visitors from Turkey and all around the world. Emaar Square Mall hosts luxury brands and stores which are available for the first time in this region, while presenting an approach that responds to each and every need of the modern urban life; from eating and drinking to entertainment. At a single location, Emaar Square Mall offers a brand mix that can cater to any budget or taste. The mall has both indoor and outdoor shopping venues, multi-story cinema including the first 4DX theatre of the Anatolian side, aquarium and underwater zoo, spectating terraces, entertainment areas, more than 100 restaurants and cafes and the traditional Turkish market and fashion center.

Akasya Shopping Mall is situated in the junction of the major motorways connecting European and Asian sides of Istanbul, having a perfect access to public transportations of subway, metrobus and Marmaray through one of the biggest investments of its kind in Turkey. Akasya offers visitors a unique architectural design with 30 m high freeform skylights to provide maximum daylight with a ground floor height of 8 m for shop displays to experience street shopping offering visitors with 257 stores. Akasya provides a unique and wide shopping experience with its valuable & affordable luxury brand mix.

Bağdat Street, one of the most important shopping locations on the Asian side of Istanbul, has served as one of the models for the concept spaces included in Akasya. Nearly all of Bağdat Street’s original amenities have been incorporated into the layout of Akasya’s counterpart — tall, customized display windows of world renown brands will adorn the street, while wide and open sidewalks under the natural lighting will give the shopping mall a life of its own. Glass bridges and railings will increase the visual effect of the shops while giving the surroundings an attractive and spacious feeling. During sunsets, the skylight will provide natural lighting within the whole corridor and also simulate the night with its star-lighting effects. In short, all the details of the original Bağdat Street have been included in Akasya, where uninterrupted shopping is possible thanks to the proximity of the stores to one another.

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Cleansing Your Body and Soul: Traditional Turkish Bath

Hamams have always been an important part of Turkish culture. From the days of Ottoman Empire, hamams have been used not for just taking a bath but for also as a tradition of transition. Young brides and grooms get ready for their wedding days, soldiers going to and coming from their duties or merchants on their way to trading have always stopped at a Turkish bath before their next destination.

With their traditions, associated beliefs, and philosophy of life, baths became an institution, which spread throughout Anatolia. As a public space where social status was relatively fluid and open to negotiation, it helped to sustain the Ottoman Empire for many centuries. Baths have played a much more meaningful role in the social lives of women than those of men. Contrary to male bath traditions, women attended the baths in groups. The preparations carried out before going to the bath were also a social activity in and of themselves, which further reflected the social activity in the bath. All the items used in the activities that went on in the bath were carefully prepared. Going to hamam has always been an important ritual on this land and the tradition is still carried on.

Traditionally, Turkish baths followed a three-step process, a sauna and steam and then a full body wash – often finishing with a massage. Today in Istanbul the hamam process has been adapted and developed to include a variation of spa treatments incorporated into the hours you spend steaming and sauna. As MedAssist, we can offer you a wide range of Hamam and Spa options from our catalog, as the cleansing of your body and mind is an important part of your journey here.

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Historical Story of Grand Bazaar, the First and Largest Mall in Europe

Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4.000 shops on a total area of 30.700 m² attracting 250.000-400.000 visitors daily. In 2014, it was listed number #1 among the World’s Most Visited tourist attractions with more than 91 million annual visitors. The Grand Bazar at Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world.

The construction of the future Grand Bazaar’s core started during the winter of 1455/56, shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and was part of a broader initiative to stimulate economic prosperity in Istanbul. At the beginning of the 17th century the Grand Bazaar had already achieved its final shape.

The enormous extent of the Ottoman Empire in three continents, and the total control of road communications between Asia and Europe, rendered the Bazaar and the surrounding taverns or public houses the hub of the Mediterranean trade. In the Bazaar there were 67 roads (each bearing the name of the sellers of a particular good), several squares used for the daily prayers, 5 mosques, 7 fountains, 18 gates which were opened each day in the morning and closed in the evening.

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A Mythical Story Behind Marble Columns: Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern is located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565) as a big underground water reservoir. The cistern is 140 m long, and 70 m wide, and covers a rectangular area as a giant structure. Accessible with 52-step staircase, the Cistern shelters 336 columns, each of which is 9 m. high. Majority of the columns, most of which is understood to have been compiled from the ancient structures and sculpted of various kinds of marbles, is composed of a single part and one of it is composed of two parts. Covering 9.800 m² area in total, the cistern has an estimated water storage capacity of 100.000 tons.

Two Medusa heads, which are used as supports under the two columns at the northwest edge of the cistern, are the great work of art from the Roman period. As the legend has it, Medusa is one of the three Gorgonas that are female monsters in the underground world in Greek mythology. The snake-head Medusa, one of the three sisters, has the power of turning into stone to the ones that happen to look at her.

According to another rumor, Medusa was a girl who boasted for her black eyes, long hair and beautiful body. She loved Perseus, the son of Zeus. Athena was also in love with Perseus and this made Medusa jealous. Therefore, Athena converted Medusa’s hairs into snakes. Now, everybody that happened to look at Medusa was turned into stone.

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Hagia Sophia, a tale from Roman Empire to Turkish Republic

(Turkish Aya Sofya, Latin Sancta Sophia, also called Church of the Holy Wisdom or Church of the Divine Wisdom): Dating from the sixth century, it was originally a basilica constructed for the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I. A masterwork of Roman engineering, the huge 30 m. diameter dome covers what was for over 1.000 years the largest enclosed space in the world. By general consensus, it is the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s great monuments.

The Hagia Sophia was built in the remarkably short time of about six years, being completed in 537. The church was looted by the fourth Crusaders in 1204, and became a mosque in the 15th century when The Ottomans conquered the city. It was converted into a museum in 1935.

There are three aisles separated by columns with galleries above and great marble piers rising up to support the dome. The walls above the galleries and the base of the dome are pierced by windows, which in the glare of daylight obscure the supports and give the impression that the canopy floats on air.

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