30 juillet 2010

Istanbul's Pera Palace to Reopen and Seek Return to Glory Era

The main hall of Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. AP Photo/Pera Palace. ISTANBUL (AP).- It was the last stop on the Orient Express, a grand hotel with Istanbul's first electric elevator where artists and aristocrats sipped champagne beneath chandeliers as the Ottoman Empire dissolved and the world drifted toward war. Mata Hari, accused of spying and executed in France in 1917, stayed at the Pera Palace Hotel. So did Greta Garbo, who played the shadowy dancer in a 1931 movie. Ernest Hemingway checked in to report on war between... [Lire la suite]