When there is no traffic issue, you are so beautiful Istanbul 🙂
Sakıp Sabancı Museum: Feyhaman Duran and Selim Turan Exhibition
Morini Restaurant at Zorlu Center
Prince Islands vies from Fenerbahçe Park
Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Watching Polar Express on Netflix with my little one.
North Pole: barren, devoid of life .. I wish I could go with them
This summer I was not able to go on a long vacation as I was used to have previously. I could only go to Bodrum with my daughter for a five-day vacation. It was fabuluous of course, but the positive effects dissapperared soon after we came back. Even though I had pool days at the weekend here in İstanbul, I still feel tired. Fortunately, we will go on a vacation in the beginning of September. I think, this is gonna be my first sea-beach-sun holiday in September.
I had never been this late in going to summer holiday. It turns out that my mood (or say biological rhythm) starts to fall for “autumn” spirit. This week’s rainy days plus the autumn/winter catalogs of fashion brands I received, I’m kind of feeling in the mood of autumn. NO. NO. NO. I cannot and must not pass on to autumun mood yet. ‘Back to school’ shopping can wait. My fashion enthusiasm for ‘a/w collections’ can wait.
I need first to lay on the beach, have day-long sun bath, swim and surf first.
Last year we went to Fethiye for our summer holiday. After we returned I had written three posts on
on Fethiye vs Bodrum:
on If I go to Fethiye again:
and now it turns out that we are going to Fethiye again. This time to so called best family-friendly hotel in Turkey: Hillside Beach Club. So, I can check number 1 item on the list. 🙂 But it seems we will not be having a blue cruise.
Photo Credit: http://www.hillsidebeachclub.com/
Yalıkavak is one of the most beautiful regions of Bodrum-well-known touristic destination located in the Aegean Coast of Turkey. We have been going to Yalıkavak for 10 successive years for our summer holidays. Humidity is low, breeze always cool you down and the sea is Aegean blue with lots of fish swimming with you.
There was also the third marina of Bodrum located in the center of Yalıkavak which we loved deeply! No exaggaration, I adored that Marina. With Mozart cafe, cozy fish restaurants, orangish lightings, palm trees, boutiques and small design shops, it was like somewhere out of this world. Very unique, relaxing, and peaceful. I wished no one learns and finds out that lovely place.
Recently the owner and the management of the marina changed. I havent seen it since and was wondering a lot. Now comes my first impressions: I was surprised to see a shopping mall like horizontal building almost parallel to the coast line including stores and restaurants which we already know from luxurious shopping malls of İstanbul. Cook shop, Happy moons, Beymen, Komşu Fırın, Mezzaluna, Nusr-et, Pioppo, Günaydın, Starbucks, Cold Stone, Mudo, Yargıcı, Brandroom, Vakkorama etc. I could not believe it was a work of one of my favorite architects, Emre Arolat. The new marina was congested, lacking open and public spaces, and made you feel stuck. I know that Bodrum is popular among Istanbulite tourists*, but there was no need to turn that cozy marina into an ordinary shopping mall.
And yet, the sunset view is still there. Breeze coming from the deep blue sea accompanies you. I still like the marina, although I would definitely prefer the initial one.
*My idea is that people from Ankara go to either Mediterranean (Antalya and surrounings) or Aegean coasts (Bodrum) easily which are both less than 500 km. Istanbulietes however are far away (more than 700 km) from both coastal regions (Bodrum and Antalya, Bodrum being the closer one). In Bodrum sellers tell me that they work for İstanbul market:) which shows the primary target group is Istanbulites.
Making plans keep me motivated. Preparing this list makes me feel all is going to be true in the coming year.
To have dinner (quail meat) and dessert (mille-feuille) at Nicole Restaurant, in Beyoglu
To purchase matte red rouge ( YSL most probably)
To plan another trip to Scandinavia
Norway? Lofoten Opera Hotel?
To visit sis E in NYC with D and G
To purchase Nigella’s knife set from with animal prints from amazon.co.uk
To re-register D to mini- ballet classes
To have more Mother-daughter activities and trips
To go to Canary islands or Sicily for summer holiday
To purchase a house in Bodrum (this is more like a wish of course!)
To spend more family time for leisure activities like concerts, sport activities ( Ulker Sports Arena of Fenerbahce is just 5 minutes to us), etc
To spend summer vacation (2) in Bodrum Mandarin Hotel and visit Kos island
To have more pilates in my life
To eat healthier and greener
To start skiing again
To read more on world history: everything we talk today stems from history
To read ( not only watch) Sherlock – of course in English!
To spend more time on my blogs
To start my dream job in design and fashion
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