Lello Bookshop in Porto: Stairway to Heaven?

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | September 17, 2012 | 2 Comments
Lello bookstore Porto Portugal

I admit I have mixed feelings about this extraordinary little Art Nouveau stamp of a bookshop, repeatedly classified as one of the most beautiful in the world. I love books and could spend hours browsing so when I heard my group would be visiting Lello & Irmão in Porto I was ecstatic. This lovely haven…

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The Many Faces of Albanian Women

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | September 4, 2012 | 3 Comments
Women of Albania

Albania was stuck in a time warp for 45 years under the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha and only emerged a couple of decades ago. Today it is rushing to catch up with the rest of the world and while some women are easily making the transition to modern times, others continue to live much like…

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