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Pergamom (Bergama), the koftes and the pine honey – Aegean Coast

I hope I am not bombarding you with posts from Turkey at the moment, please bear with me:) There is so much to see, taste and appreciate that I hope through these posts, you can get a taste of what we are experiencing.

We have been traveling towards the north Aegean, and passing through fig trees, peach and cherry orchards and lots of olive trees; a very bountiful region, in addition to its historical significance. Here is a fig tree at the above photo, smells so wonderful.

This is the steepest ancient theatre in antiquity in Pergamom at the Aegean region, and used to seat 10,000 people. It is 12,000 ft above sea level and you can see the modern city Bergama at below, a very impressive sight.

And here we are at the Temple in ancient city Pergamom; the Traejans used to visit the temple to offer their sacrifice of animals to the Gods but remain at the below level for worshipping. And a lovely Mulberry tree in the at the side:)

And this is the place to be at the modern city of Bergama, that you may like a lunch break. At this traditional “lokanta”, restaurant, you can enjoy their signature meatballs, “kofte”,

and a very refreshing glass of “ayran”. This is my favorite drink, consisting of plain yoghurt, cold water and salt of your taste. You can blend with some ice cubes to get the foam. Wonderful, healthy refreshing drink that we Turks enjoy a lot.

Last but not least, here is a happy man, Ali, at Pergamom, proudly selling wonderful pine nuts and pine honey, thanks to the abundant pine trees in the region

Aegean region has lots to offer in terms of history, culture and food, definitely worth a stop – highly recommended:)

8 Responses to Pergamom (Bergama), the koftes and the pine honey – Aegean Coast

  1. A Seasonal Cook in Turkey July 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi Özlem! I can see that you are thoroughly enjoying your holiday in Turkey! Lovely photos, lovely post. I like the guy selling pinenuts – I've never seen that here!
    Iyi tatiler!

  2. Dzoli July 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Fantatsic time you have.I truly envy youuuuuuuuuuu
    Can you send me a short mail please I can not find yours on a site

  3. Ozlem's Turkish Table July 31, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Merhaba Claudia and Dzoli,
    So much this country offers and it is fantastic to be able to share, I am glad you are enjoying it.
    Dzoli, I will resend an email, look forward to connecting,

  4. tasteofbeirut July 31, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Turkey is one country I would love to visit again and again. Pine nuts are wonderful in lebanon but in short supply; would love to bring back a big sack of Turkish ones!

  5. azime July 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Wonderful pictures, wonderful food and wonderful country… Instead of bombarding us with pictures, you are actually giving us a visual feast and every day I am looking forward to read the new entry on your blog. xxxxx

  6. Ozlem's Turkish Table August 1, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    many thanks for your comments, very kind of you.
    I wish I could post the pine nuts to you and Azimecim, very glad you are enyojing the posts:)

  7. Nancy in Austin, TX August 4, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Never too many posts, we look forward each day to see where you are and what you are doing. And, wishing we were there, too! John says that even though we are so far away from where you are, it is like we are right there, too.

    Loving the fresh figs, and the pinenut seller is interesting, too. And Pergamom, you know how I love the ancient sites!


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