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Fascinating Turkey

Kalkan – A Gem in Southwest coast of Turkey

It is raining in London (well, in Surrey to be more correct) and remembering Kalkan brought sunshine to my day, hope it helps to yours too! My husband and I sneaked off to Kalkan, one of our favorite beaches in southwest coast of Turkey (thanks to my sister, family, and mum and dad for all the help!). It used to be a quite, quaint fisherman’s village about 20 years ago or so. Now, though still quaint, it is packed with tourists, which, nice to see, appreciate and look after Kalkan. We love staying at the EaglesNest Apartments (now smartly refurbished, they are on offer for sale too)on the hill and use chic Villa Mahal’s beach. Mahal’s staff wears a T-shirt which says “181 steps to heaven” and that’s true! Go down 181 steps amongst gorgeous olive trees, pine trees over looking turquise Med, you feel like you are in Heaven!

Here are some photos; The Times selected Kalkan as the world’s one of the 10 must see spots, I believe that.

Villa Mahal’s baker makes amazing pides with different fillings which we always looked forward to for our lunch, happy days!

The Kalkan village turns into a shoppers and foodie paradise in the evening, beautiful potteries, handmade ornaments and many more 🙂

Best wishes for exciting travels to you all!

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Fascinating Istanbul & Surroundings


After a couple of weeks in Turkey, we are back! Apologies as I couldn’t write earlier, there was limited time and access to the internet, I suppose not a bad thing. It was a wonderful trip, packed with lots of special memories, I will share the photos from now on, as well as some recipes (like stuffed vine leaves coming up) we did with my mother, a very special experience.

I lived in Istanbul for over 15 years and the city still surprises me with its magic, and many faces. With all the joy, drama, happiness, chaos, excitement and sort of sadness (“huzun”, as the Turkish author Orhan Pamuk describes in his book, Memoirs of Istanbul), warmness and unconditional hospitality it provides, Istanbul is the city where east meets west, by all means. Little oriental, little western, a city hosted many civilizations – from the Eastern Romans to Ottomans and now the Turkish Republic. Istanbul is the city that I love, that calls me all the time and the place where my heart beats – Fast. I hope you have a chance to make it there one day and experience this magical city; just have a little stroll in Old Istanbul or by the Bosphorus water way, you will feel alive, feel like you are a part of the many civilizations that the City hosted for thousands of years.

Now a couple of photos; here we have the quaint Ortakoy Mosque by the Bosphorus (you may remember from the Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies); little Turkish pizzas with ground lamb and veg topping (I have this recipe under Savory Pastries in the blog,a real treat); the Bosphorus Bridge and boats passing by – the life vein of the city; the wooden boat/house construction at the edge of Blacksea, which transported us to our resort on the other side of the river- a primitive but fun way of transportation, the children loved it so did we!

There are so many to share from home; colorful markets, delicious recipes we tried and enjoyed, the wonderful southcoast of Turkey, Kalkan, where we were mesmerised by the turquise sea; all to come soon!

Wishing you all happy travels and feasts shared with friends and family 🙂


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