The Crown

Thanks to Netflix, I can watch successive episodes of tv series in a row. This attitude of watching hours of tv series or movie series- like the LOTR triology- is called ‘marathon’ and may sometimes cover seasons. This makes me move into the time and space that show is all about, mentally if not physically. 

My recent fave is The Crown, which is about Elizabeth II’s becoming the Queen of England. As I like British accent very much this tv series is just for me. 

Like Marseilles, Borgen and House of Cards, The Crown is also a political drama. So I’m officially a political drama fan. 
Matt Smith who is mostly known as Dr Who,now plays Prince Philip. Be ready to forget about him playing Dr Who because after watching the series you will certainly forget those days. 

John Lithgow plays Churchill. I guess he will be remembered with this as well. One can hardly distinguish if the series is on Churchill or the Queen. 
Hans Zimmer’s music is just filling the gaps softly but effectively. He is certainly my favorite when it comes to movie soundtrack

Home made kefir

Kefir is a yogurt like drink which is claimed to extend life.

Although it is an old Turkish drink ( like yogurt from Middle Asia), I first tasted it in the Netherlands by mistake. In the Dutch language kefir is karnemelk which made me think it is some form of milk (diet, low fat etc) . Then I started drinking kefir on a daily basis as I used to have it in the breakfast with cornflakes.

When I returned from my phd study back to Ankara, I found kefir available in some of the supermarkets. I’m not sure if it was available before 2006. 

Since 2005 I drink kefir almost everyday. If I dont have it in the refrigerator I kinda feel myself uncomfortable. Together with my daughter we consume almost 3-4 litres of kefir weekly ( in addition to 3 litres of home made yogurt).

Yesterday I bought kefir yeast from Migros. My first home made kefir turned out to be fantastic. Cant be sure if I can manage to do 4 litres per week myself, but I liked the idea that I could make it work. 


This is my 4th post on Fethiye. Initial ones reflected my Bodrum ambition and thus a bit undervalued the beauty of Fethiye. 

This post can be accepted as an apology. I am currently evolving to become a Fethiye fan I suppose:) think of a clear bluegreen sea with almost no waves at all. Lots of fish swimming with you. You are unconnected from real world. 

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 :

This is far better than The Night Of

My Northern Obsession

I love winter, cold and snowy weather, sweaters, beanies, and coats. I adore winter-sun which even does not makes you warm.

I am also fond of Northern European Countries and their life-styles, design attitudes and cultures. I watched almost all Scandinavian TV series avaliable and I am a huge fan of Borgen, and Forbrydelsen.

Last autumn we went to Copenhagen and enjoyed very much. The hotel (Ascot Apartments) served free coffee at the lobby all the time. Before we go out I could grab my take away coffee (See, I can be happy with small things).



We stayed at family rooms with a kitchen, living room and bedroom, which provided us prepare and enjoy appetizers at nights while watching people riding their biycles from our large window.




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This year  I plan to go to Stockholm. I wish not to be later than November (as we have a 4-year old daughter who does not like cold weather) but in any case I will certainly love this journey.

Now I share my preliminary study on Stockholm visit:


My favorite is Nordic hotel chain : Scandic hotels specifically Scandic continental is on top of my list.

When I go abroad, I prefer 7x 24 open lobby , breakfast included and at least4 star hotels located in the city centre.




Turkish Airline has a promotion for Septmeber: flies to Stockholm around 200 Euros.

Pegasus also flies to Stockholm but I do not like the service


Things to do:

Old town

Royal Palace

Modern Art Museum

Metro Art


Enjoy local tastes (fish soup, coffee and pastry, princess cake)

Shopping (coffee, souvenir and food)


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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


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.

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