Çeşme 2018

What I liked:

1. The weather. Windy and cool.

2. Alaçatı

3. Summer houses are not densely built as it is in Bodrum. they are more like small mansions or twin houses with at least three directions have yards.

What I didnt like:

1.The treelessness. Lack of green areas. U dont feel you are in a natural area which is not very urban. it is kind of a place where just summer houses are located. But it is still urban. Roads are wide enough to provide service to many motorized vehicles. On 11500the avenue known as Çamlık Yolu you feel you are in a suburban town in USA.

2.The sea. It is so windy that you can neither swim nor stand the voice of the wind. The color of the sea in Çeşme is not Aegean Blue. Now I believe it only belongs to Bodrum. So, I Must admit that what I refer as Aegean blue is in fact Bodrum blue.

3. The flatness. Lack of hills, ups and downs.

Conclusion: I am certainly a Bodrum kinda girl. so comparing anywhere with Bodrum dissappoints me.

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Ayvalık 2017

Zeytin Arası Apart Hotel


Nice and cozy place 

Food is not so good but when you are hungry after swimming it is ok

Küçükköy- yeniçarohori

A small village located on Ayvalık- Izmir Road which recently turned into an art village with cafes, art ateliers

Badavut; in the protected natural area a nice bay  with almost no waves. Although hotels are built in the seaside, you can swim anywhere


Cunda-Alibey Island

Most lively place in Ayvalık offering a lot of nice sea food restaurants 

Aqua Florya -Akmerkez

Old shopping malls definitely are located in more accessible areas of the cities. (Akmerkez for instance). Yet, trends change quickly and people ask for new functions, new spaces within malls. Newer parking spaces are bigger for instance. Some malls have family parking spaces specially reserved for families (Like IKEA). In addition to WC for handicapped people there are now Family rooms and Baby rooms.

If older shopping malls fail to offer such special spaces they can not compete with new ones no matter they are very very accessible-very very central. The adaptation process can be long and yet certainly promising.

Aqua Florya made me feel I am still in the beginning of 2000s. Although it was not very crowded, there was this feeling of being stuck. There was no WC on the ground floor (not acceptable on any terms!) and in the up stairs we had to use WC for handicapped persons as I was with my daughter (it is spacious so I tend to use it when there is no family room).  With a unique view of Marmara Sea and exciting view of landing airplanes, Aqua Park disappointed me.

 

I find Akmerkez successful in terms of this adaptation process. With brand new stores, and renewed food court, it is much more better. One can not increase the height of the ceilings in an already built up shopping mall (not easily) but you may change the perception.