A Coach drawn by four horses left Istanbul, Turkey, for Rotterdam, Holland, Mar 30, with a selection of tulip bulbs onboard.
LV People assemble in St Sophia square
CV Turkish & Dutch flags
LV Floral floats in procession
SV Dutch & Turkish girls in national dress
LV PAN..Four horse coach in procession
SV Dutch and Turkish girls
BV Four horse coach stops
SV Dutch Ambassador & wife receives bouquet from Dutch & Turkish girls
Turkish band in procession
sv Dutch Ambassador and wife look on
SV Floral floats passing
GV Crowd watch procession in Laleli square
SV Four horse coach passes through square
TRAVEL SHOT..of crowd in square
GV Coach & crowd, Laleli Mosque in BG
SV Past flags and minaret
GV Coach passes historical ramparts
SV Girls on coach wave
BV Coach stops in crowd
SCV Chief of Dutch group and others
LV Chief inspects his crew
SV Map of road route on side of truck
LV Coach arrives alongside of plane
BV Coach away along road
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Background: A Coach drawn by four horses left Istanbul, Turkey, for Rotterdam, Holland, Mar 30, with a selection of tulip bulbs onboard. The 36-day coach journey is to mark the 400th anniversary of the introduction of tulip bulbs into Western Europe, from Turkey.
From Istanbul the coach will pass through Greece, Yugoslavia, Austria and Germany,before reaching Rotterdam.
Before the coach trip got under way, a ceremony - attended by the Dutch Ambassador and the President of Istanbul Municipality - was held in St. Sophia square. Thousands of people watched the procession of floats followed by Turkish and Dutch girls in national dress. The coach was the centrepiece of the pageant.
Music was provided by the Mehters orchestra - it dates back to the time of the Ottoman Empire when the Mehters were the official Palace musicians.
When the coach started on the first lap of the trip, it paused for a few moments at Yesilkoy Airport outside the city. On the tarmac was a Caravel jet airliner. It was a sharp reminder of the progress that has been made in travel, since the time the first tulip bulb found its way to Holland.