Kuzguncuk

Kuzguncuk is a historical district located on the Asian side of Bosphorus. It was a place whene non-Muslim communities reside. There are churches and synagogue in the district.

But, I remember Kuzguncuk mostly with TV series like Perihan Abla and Ekmek Teknesi. Recently with openings of coffee shops, book stores, art galleries and gurme cafes the district turned out to a touristic attraction point more than ever.

Here are some photopgraphs, all by me. I liked you very much Kuzguncuk. I will come and visit you again and again.

 

 

Marseilles vs Borgen 

Time for Netflix original tv show Marseilles

I’m normally not fond of politics. Only watch morning news, Rarely listen politicians’ speeches. But  when it comes to tv shows it turns out that I like pilitical dramas.

My faves are Borgen from Denmark and now Marseilles from France.

Firstly I love European cities. Movies and tv series tell much about the life styles, living habits and urban environs which I am specificallt curious as an urban planner.

Both tv shows involve the effect of media and political advisors in election campaigns. In both of them people very close to the president/mayor betray them. Bargaining power and negotiations have crucial roles

During watching Borgen I was like lving in Copenhagen. It was always dark, rainy, cold- which I like a lot. Modernist Architecture dominates the city. Houses were small and decorated in minimalist style. Typical Scandinavia:) People had busy lives, individualism could be the best word to describe people living there. They liked coffee and bicycles which I already know from my university town Groningen (northern Nerherlands).

I feell like Marseilles is not a busy town as Copanhagen was. Typical north-south differences:) while watching Marseilles, Mediterranean sea and sun warmed me. It is always shining. People drink red wine and eat fine food rather than having a quick Danish bakery -coffee or fish and potatoes.

As for Architecture, presenting aerial footage impressed me. (Previous )Social housing are currently occupied by migrants and these areas are more like slums now. I am surprised to see that. But , there are lots of historical buildings in Marseilles. Nice gardens. Beautiful.

Anyhow, Visiting Southern France could be on top of list for next year’s to do list:)
PS: Copenhagen is still the place I want live and it seems nothing will ever change that.

My summer mood vs autumn mood

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.

 

The Night Of

The Night Of is recently on top of everyone’s list of tv series. 

I watched it as well since it has a 9.1/10 rating on IMDb. 

It is well written and well played. Jeff Russo rocks as he did also in Fargo. 

I liked his intro theme song very much

But when it comes to its IMDb score of 9.1, I must say I found it over-rated. 

It is certainly not FARGO ( 9/10 IMDb rating) 

It cannot be compared to Peaky Blinders ( 8.8/10 IMDb rating) 

Please watch this :

http://m.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3838555161/imdb/mobile?ref_=m_tt_ov_vi

This is far better than The Night Of

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This summer

Last year  we went to Fethiye for our summer holiday. After we returned I had written three posts on

Fethiye:

https://pelincp.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/fethiye-2/

on Fethiye vs Bodrum:

https://pelincp.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/fethiye-vs-bodrum/

on If I go to Fethiye again:

https://pelincp.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/if-i-go-to-fethiye-again/comment-page-1/

 

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/

 

 

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Yalıkavak

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.