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Watchmaking, Turkish baths and Nordic spring

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30 April 2024

Episode 39

42 minutes


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This episode is infused with the spirit of a transformative travelogue: we begin in the incredible 500-year-old Cinili Hamam in Istanbul’s Zeyrek district, reflect on the power and beauty of expansive, flat landscapes and hear tales of innovation and craftsmanship with Van Cleef & Arpels. Plus: the misplaced optimism of a Nordic spring.

30 April 2024

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Istanbul’s Zeyrek Cinili Hamam

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Following a major restoration, Istanbul’s landmark 16th-century Ottoman hammam is set to reopen, combining the traditional rituals with contemporary art and design.

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Chapter 2

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‘A Flat Place’

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Can an entirely flat landscape inspire? Noreen Masud is a lecturer in English at the University of Bristol and author of ‘A Flat Place’. Her memoir and travelogue takes us through the UK’s flat landscapes, from Ely to Orkney, through which Masud reflects on her Scottish-Pakistani heritage in a post-colonial landscape.

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Chapter 3

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Watchmaking at Van Cleef & Arpels

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United through savoir-faire, watchmakers displayed the very best of their craft at Watches & Wonders, the annual trade fair that gathers the world’s major watchmaking houses in Geneva. We met Rainer Bernard, head of research and development for watchmaking at French luxury powerhouse Van Cleef & Arpels, to find out more about the craft and sense of wonderment behind the collection.

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Chapter 4

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Nordic spring

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Now, does spring hide its joy? In the Nordics, flowers blossom and days lengthen only after teasing with several false starts. Then, the sun melts away quicker than the time it takes to order a second terrace rosé. For this month’s essay, Finnish-born, Stockholm-based writer and broadcaster Elna Nykänen Andersson muses on the joys of a Nordic spring.

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