The Turkish Coffee | Istanbul

 The ground coffee beans have been boiled in a copper "cezve" over hot coals and then allowed to settle.  Maybe a little sugar,  always strong, and always good.  It is also true that many still read fortunes from the leftover coffee beans in the cup.  Once you have finished your cup, you then put the saucer on top and turn it over and let it cool down.  After that, the shapes left by the coffee grounds are then interpreted with both your past and future.


Scenes From A Restaurant | Muti, Cappadocia

One of the prettiest restaurants in Cappadocia is Muti.  And the food was quite delectable.  Fried eggplant with tomatoes, kisir, which is a bulghur salad with beets, tomatoes and herbs, dolma, and grilled salmon with a tabouleh salad were just some of the goods we tried.  And quite a great selection of Turkish wines which I have begun a love affair with.  You can read more about Muti here.


Chez Galip | Cappadocia, Turkey

After flying in hot air balloons,  walking through thousand year old caves, and practically crawling through underground cities, we did something more tame, visiting CEC Pottery.  This was truly a highlight.  Galip Korukcu has been creating gorgeous ceramics for over 50 years.  His potters wheel is spun by his fiercely fast feet.  We were able to watch him in action which was quite amazing.  He can create up to about 200 pieces depending on the complexity of the piece.  After he demonstrated a couple of pieces, Galip asked me to try my hand at the potters wheel.  With a bit of help..... well voila!!  No pictures will be posted of that.

In another area is the showroom of all of CEC Pottery's collection which was just beautiful.  You can see more of Chez Galip here.


Valley of Zelve | Cappadocia

Zelve is actually 3 different valleys, 2 of which are connected by a tunnel.  This was a settlement for many from the 9th to the 13th centuries.  The Muslims and Christians lived here together until the early 1900's when Greece and Turkey began exchanging their populations due to the Turkish War of Independence (the Greek Orthodox in Turkey and the Muslims in Greece.) The Christians then left and the Muslims in the early 1950's because of dangerous conditions due to erosion.  Hard to believe that people were still actually living here in 1950.  What was once an amazing cave town is now an open air museum.


Yunak Evleri | Cappadocia Cave Hotel

This amazing hotel is Yunak Evleri in Cappadocia.  This has to be the most unique and incredible hotel that I have ever stayed in.  Originally, this spot, dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, was many caves carved right into these cliffs.  These caves have been restored into beautiful and quite luxurious rooms where the landscape is prominent  in every part of this hotel and it's 7 cave houses and 40 rooms.   
The staff at the hotel were really wonderful too, so nice and helpful with whatever you needed.  The breakfast was quite the feast every morning too.  Anything you would want was there and we enjoyed it each morning on a beautiful terrace with great views of Cappadocia.

Yunak Evleri | Cappadocia Cave Hotel
Yunak Mahallesi 50400
Urgup / Nevsehir / Turkey
+90 384 341 69 20


Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

I just got back from an amazing time in Turkey and France.  I had never been to Turkey before and I have to say.....I'm in love.  What a fascinating place it is, with it's culture, quite ancient history, amazingly delicious food, religion and politics.  
One of our stops was Cappadocia, in the Anatolian region of Turkey.  We decided to take a balloon ride one morning which meant you were up before 4am and taken to a spot where about 80 to 100 balloons go into the air at the same time.  You fly over the most amazing landscape,  created by volcanos and eroded by rain and winds, thousands of years ago.  Some describe the formations as fairy chimneys.  All I have to say is it is absolutely breathtaking.  Once we landed, in tradition, a little bubbly at 6:30 am.  Why not??????


Changing Place

I took this photo some time ago in Venice at the Peggy Guggenheim museum.  I always loved this neon sign and message by Maurizio Nannucci.  Which brings me to my point.   We are off on an adventure to a different place and time and probably won't be able to post for a few weeks.  Until then...........................