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Istanbul Adventures II: Travel Treasures

Backgammon is one of the oldest table-top board games, involving both luck and strategy. The board is not just a game or a souvenir from Istanbul. It also helped our traveler meet local people, understand the culture, and bond with the community. Photo Credit: Kat Russel / Daily Sundial

Kat Russell

September 27, 2011

My perfect travel treasure was a backgammon set. For days I scoured the markets, bazaars, and shopping promenades, turning my nose up at the typical cheap and cheesy souvenirs, in search of the perfect set. I knew exactly what I wanted: large, wooden, elaborately engraved, and shiny with fresh varnis...

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