Today was the big day! The solar eclipse finally happened. It came to 'merica! Haha. In Philadelphia, we had a view of about 75% coverage. It started at 1:21 pm EST. It hit its maximum coverage at 1:21, and ended at 2:44 p.m. I decided to watch from my backyard. Unprepared, I charged 2 sets... Continue Reading →
Every once in a while, the hubby and I both realize - at the same time - that we really need a break. Yesterday was the day! While many Turks have headed to the Mediterranean shores for the weekend, we headed north to Bolu for a day trip. Destination - Yedigöller Milli Parklar (Seven Lakes National... Continue Reading →
Just a few shots from my recent trip to Philadelphia: Independence Hall - with construction completed in 1753, it is the location where our country's Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drafted and signed. The wings and the main building have been reconstructed or renovated over the years. But it remains a powerful piece... Continue Reading →
We recently had family visiting from Germany. Our plan was to head to Fethiye as soon as they left for Kurban Bayramı. But our plans for Fethiye fell through. So since we had the energy, we decided to take our visitors on a road trip to Kapadokya. Kapadokya can be done in a day trip... Continue Reading →
The Beypazari Festival has started and will continue through Sunday evening. There will be many concerts, exhibitions and activities. There are also booths selling local food,arts, crafts, and other items. Beypazari is a tiny, lovely village, full of restored Ottoman homes, approximately 100 km from Ankara. I believe there are buses running there. It is also famous for... Continue Reading →
Today's photos of my favorite place to walk, run, and enjoy nature in Ankara. I've posted similar photos before. Do you remember where it is?
That's one way to serve Ayran! A yogurt drink (similar to the Indian lassi), goes well to wash down spicy hot meats!
These were the first cookies I baked all by myself as a kid. They came out perfect the first time. I like them because they are crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. I also am not a fan of chocolate cookies, so these are a perfect alternative, covered in a... Continue Reading →
Two posts in one day? Well, it is Valentine's Week and I missed yesterday's post! So I thought I would share some of the photos of cupcakes, pies, cakes, and other desserts I made this past year. Afiyet olsun!
If you’re like most people who have visited Turkey, chances are pretty good you’ve wandered the streets and alleys of Istanbul. You may have spent time on the beaches of Kuşadası or Fethiye or Antalya. Maybe you’ve had the chance to explore Cappadocia or Pamukkale. You’ve probably heard about Gaziantep or Mardin, seen pictures of... Continue Reading →
This is my list of favorite things to do when going home. My list is personal, but you may want to check some of it out when you go - or if you are in the area of Philadelphia, Chadds Ford, Chester County, etc. Visit family and friends Drive the country roads of West Chester... Continue Reading →