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- Let The Festivals Begin!
- Let The Roses Bloom
- Defterdarburnu As It Once Was
- Second Stop: Clay
- Art In Elazığ
- Classical Music On The Golden Horn
- Munich Loves You
- Forever Young, May 19
- Sultan Of Land And Sea
- The Work Of The Waqfs
- The World Is Speaking Turkish!
- Straddling Two Continents
- The Film Is About To Begin!
- Exhibitions Worth Seeing
- Hot Shopping In The North
- Redbud Time In Istanbul
- White Legacy In The Aegean
- The Conjunction Of Three Continents
- Romans Of Everyday Life
- A Master Remembered
- Shadow Of Istanbul Falls On Luxembourg
- Semih Sayginer’s Ho Chi Minh City
- A Legend That Came From The Sea
- Be A World Local
- Africa In Five Questions
Semih Sayginer’s Ho Chi Minh City
Semih Saygıner is a 3-ball player who has introduced 42 special techniques for hitting the ball into the billiards literature. We asked him about Ho Chi Minh City, where he won the Asia Championship.
What surprised you in Ho Chi Minh City?
The French influence is perceptible in the buildings at the city center and in some of the old areas of settlement. A church named for the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris and looking a lot like it rises at the most beautiful spot on the city square. Vietnam is the only place in the world where you see literally thousands of motorcycles in the traffic. And the motorcycle valet service in front of the classiest restaurants is quite interesting.
How did you like the local cuisine?
It seems very different when you first try it, but it grows on you. When you go to a local restaurant, you are offered greens that look like the leaves of trees. When you eat them they all have a different taste. The Vietnamese make a sort of meat, chicken or fish wrap with a gelatinous pastry called rice paper that they soften in water. Although the restaurants offer a wide variety of fish, catfish seems to be the favorite. And the most popular soup is pho. Tropical fruits also have an important place in Vietnamese cuisine.
What would you recommend to people traveling to Vietnam?
Vietnam is a really beautiful and unusual country. There are many places to see, but there is one that is an absolute must: the historic underground tunnels of Cu Chi that wind below the country’s majestic forests.