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The Gate 1 Foundation

Thursday, March 20, 2014

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Gate 1 Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving life through travel, education and cultural exchange. The goal of the foundation is to provide children with a better opportunity to learn and grow by providing much-needed supplies and repairs to rural classrooms that have very limited funds. Existing classrooms were painted and new ones built and infrastructure improvements continue with the installation of water tanks, new ventilation systems, and much more.

Committed to supporting primary schools in developing countries, the Gate 1 Foundation has donated extensive time and resources to improve school conditions and provide an optimal learning environment. Donations such as printers and computers help students technologically grow, and uniforms help families who struggle to afford clothing. Wood-burning stoves at the Sehit Murat Yumusak Primary School in Turkey were replaced with a central heating system, so the children no longer need to bring coal and wood from their homes for the stoves. For the Villa Maria Primary School in Costa Rica, the foundation has proposed plans to build a new playground where children will be able to enjoy free time in a safe environment free of debris. As a prom celebration for the students of Virgin de Fatima, the Gate 1 Foundation supports an annual trip to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that 90% of Peruvians who live in the remote rural districts cannot afford to visit.


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FEATURED DESTINATION: Turkey

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Unearth 5,000 Years of Epic History in Turkey

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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With its location at the crossroads of continents, and with the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Black Sea to the north, it's no surprise that Turkey is one of the most culturally diverse and historically important nations on earth. Some of the world's first civilizations took shape here. World religions whose influence cannot be measured came into being here. Powerful cities dotted with graceful minarets rose here. And it all happened amidst a spectacular backdrop of dramatic rock formations, hot-spring splendor, and gorgeous coasts. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the epic history of Turkey, or to exaggerate the magnificent stages on which it unfolded.

For its rich past and exoticism, for its mystery and warm welcoming people, Turkey is one of our favorite destinations. And Gate 1 Travel's expert tour managers are eager to share its secrets.

Istanbul: One City, Two Continents

Istanbul straddles Europe and Asia, with the Bosphorus Strait its beautiful spine. Your typical day on the historic European side might begin with a Turkish breakfast of bread, cheese, olives, and hard-boiled eggs. Ready for exploration, you step into a labyrinth of streets, an intoxicating mix of European and Asian cultures and colors. The Blue Mosque, a hulking monument spanning the centuries, boasts a cavernous interior whose walls are lined with stunning blue iznik tiles, from which it got its name. Nearby, Hagia Sophia is today a spectacular museum; more than 1,650 years old, it enjoyed former lives as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral and a mosque. It is Ottoman elegance personified.

From elegant to lavish, the Topkapi Palace provides one of the world's most authentic snapshots of the life of sultans. More than just a palace, this residential complex is also home to mosques, bakeries, and other reminders of daily life. Ottoman rulers called this city on a hill home for 400 years.

Thrilling as Istanbul's grand monuments to history are, there's another grand structure here that is turning heads: a new metro tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait. It is one of Istanbul's most remarkable experiences that you can hop the metro in Europe and alight your train in Asia—specifically, in the Uskudar neighborhood of Istanbul, the city's oldest district. When it opened in late 2013, the new subway line made history as the only tunnel on earth to connect two continents.


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