8.18.2014

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.

8.17.2014

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.

8.13.2014

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

8.07.2014

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??????

7.18.2014

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...........................

7.14.2014

Zucchini and Feta Salad

I haven't posted a recipe in a very long time and with summer here, with it's sweet tomatoes and delicious zucchini................ Well here you go.

7.03.2014

Scenes From A Restaurant | La Carta de Oaxaca, Seattle


La Carta de Oaxaca
5431 Ballard Ave. NE
Seattle, WA
206.782.8722