Escape to Turkey in Leonardo Dalessandri’s gorgeously shot “Watchtower of Turkey”, which gives a mesmerising sweep of the country sandwiched between Europe and Asia, in under four minutes.
“This is Turkey lived by me from north to south,” Dalessandri wrote on his Vimeo page. The video throws up a beautiful (if rather expected) vision of chandeliers, shining domes, hot air balloons, dondurma, gambolling kids, live music and meditative whirling dervishes, with all the richness of a cinematic montage.
“Over 3,500km travelled in 20 days, capturing landscapes from the bluish tones of Pamukkale to the warm ones of Cappadocia,” wrote Dalessandri, “passing by a great variation of colours, lights and weathers. I’ve crossed Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul, Konya; and tasted baklava, kunefe, doner, the Turkish tea, and got the chance to meet the soul of Turkey, its people… and got their smiles and their hospitality.”