After having spent time caring for my sister and just days before her death, my husband treated me to a weekend in Northern Cyprus. I can't say it was a carefree weekend, but we did our best to enjoy it. Below are some photos from our our visit to Bellapais Abbey, the ruin of a monastery... Continue Reading →
On my walk to Kizilay I came across these plants. They look like heather but in many vibrant colors. Unfortunately, I didn't get a closeup. Any idea of what it is? Does heather come in so many colors?
It's been quite a while since I started to write about the long weekend spend touring Çanakkale. I've been a little sidetracked lately. To bring you up to date, Day 1 was a trip from Ankara to Bursa, with a stop to eat İnegöl Köfte in İnegöl. Day 2 started with a trip from Bursa to Troy. Day 2... Continue Reading →
Did you know that in Turkey, you can go to the local bakery (bread baker, not the pastry maker) and buy a ball of dough? Then you can use it for your own yummy creations. Yesterday I made strombolis! Obviously, I am no expert. But they sure were yummy! I sauteed red peppers, onions, and... Continue Reading →
On Sunday, as I was leaving Eymir Golu (the lake owned by METU) and about to turn on to the highway, I saw this: I realize it looks like a rather rural area, but we truly were turning here to get on to the highway. And he wasn't alone! On the other side of the... Continue Reading →
Today's guest blogger is the son of dear friends. Kemal is a 9-year-old "almost typical" Turkish boy. He's typical in most ways but one, he spent a year living in the United States, learning the English language, going to school, and making new friends. Reading this, it will be obvious that he had a little... Continue Reading →
Recently, one of my faithful readers told me she is planning a trip to Pennsylvania and wants to know what she should see. So I am planning on responding with a few blog posts, starting with Philadelphia. Click on the links for more information. I hope you will all join me by adding to the... Continue Reading →
Who would have thought that one could find a place like this in the middle of Ankara, a city with a population of over 4 million? So green! Filled with flora and fauna! A perfect place to take a nice quiet stroll in the evening. Can you guess where it is?
I couldn't resist taking this photo. This is the planter in front of my building. The caretaker does little with our building, but these irises come up every year regardless. They were about 6" inches tall before this woman decided to plant her big fat butt in the middle of them! And don't feel sorry... Continue Reading →