In the footsteps of an Ottoman

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There is something wonderfully joyous about retracing the footsteps of a historic traveller. As writers we love the literary colour and vibrancy their accounts bring to our own; as adventurers we love going in search of the enchanting places they speak of; and as historians we love how their words help us make sense of the past, showing us connections we didn’t know existed between historical events, people and places.

It is a truly magical feeling to arrive in a place and recall the thoughts and words uttered at that very spot by someone else several centuries before you, when the world was a vastly different place; it is like opening a window into the past, or, as a well-known travel writer once told me, ‘the nearest thing to time travel’.

Wandering through the western Balkans in the footsteps of the 17th-century Ottoman traveller Evliya Çelebi was exactly that.

Evliya was born in 1611 and spent almost his entire adult life journeying around the Ottoman Empire – and sometimes beyond. Written at a time of great prosperity in the Muslim kingdom, which saw huge patronage of the arts, music and literature, Evliya’s accounts offer a glimpse of the region’s most...

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Michael Siemsen grew up in Venice, California, the second son of a Vietnam veteran turned policeman. Initially focusing on performing arts, Michael attended the prestigious Alexander Hamilton Academy in Los Angeles

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