It was last November and as the weather turned cold and grey in Europe we took off for a long holiday in the Caribbean. The plan was to meet with two of our friends for a 10-days sailing trip in Grenada, spend a few days in St Lucia to relax, then say good-bye to them and continue towards Barbados to join a cruise on a … Continue reading Pure Escapology – Grenada
It is the holiday season once again and this time our destination is the Dodecanese of Greece. Divided by the beautiful Aegean Sea, the people of Turkey and Greece share a great heritage which is evident in our respective cuisine, taste and sentiments, regardless of the politics of the day. So it’s no surprise that the Dodecanese, being closer to Turkish mainland than Greece became … Continue reading Kalimera apό Dodecanese
1.Gün / 14 Temmuz Ekip 13 Temmuz akşam üzeri toplandı. Biz Erbil’le Brüksel’in yağmur ve kapkara gökyüzünden kurtulup Göceğe geldiğimizde, Ayşegül’ü teknede gadget’ları ile oynarken, Ahmet’i ise İstanbul – Midilli – Balıkesir – Göcek etabını tamamlamış, pantonlarda emekli albay modunda tekneleri teftiş ederken bulduk. Amacımız Ayşegül’ün yeni teknesi All that Jazz’i ay sonundaki bir sefere hazırlık olarak Göcek Marintürk’teki evinden Bodrum’a götürmek. Jazz 6 yaşlarında … Continue reading All That Jazz’in Göcek’ten Bodrum’a gelişi.
I can fly! And that’s not a line from a song or a metaphor. I did fly on Christmas Day at the Indoor Skydive Center at Roosendaal, thanks to a wonderful gift from my husband. What you do is not actual flying of course. It’s more a free fall experience created by some very powerful wind engines. You float in a wind tunnel as though you … Continue reading I can fly !
I recently spent a a few days in my native Istanbul and had a special girls night out with my friends. We started at the hammam to properly pamper ourselves had a great time. While relaxing on göbektaşı, the large heated marble, my thoughts started to wander about the old traditions and just how deliciously luxurious they can be. The hammam is a traditional Turkish bath, a large … Continue reading Pamper yourself at an Istanbul Hammam
Who doesn’t like a glass of champagne? It’s the perfect drink for a celebration and a great way to start a party. It goes equally well with strawberries and seafood. Sometimes the mere sight of a flute of champagne can evoke mouthfuls of hidden delights. But tasting the bubbly in Champagne, its original home in France is not just sipping from a couple of different … Continue reading It’s Champagne Time
When a place is especially beautiful, the French call it a bijou or a precious jewel. In that sense, Saint-Émilion is definitely a bijou in the heart of Bordeaux with its narrow streets, monolithic church and vineyards which have survived intact from 11th cc. Today Saint- Émilion and all the surrounding area is a Unesco World Heritage site, which is a reason for pride for … Continue reading Saint- Émilion – A Jewel of a Town
We decided to visit Bordeaux just after the harvest and found out that this is in fact a very good time to visit the region. The weather is great, the vineyards are looking beautiful in autumn colours and most importantly, visiting the Grand Cru Châteaux are pretty fuss-free. We started our Bordeaux tour from Mèdoc, the home to the famous Grand Cru wines. Mèdoc region … Continue reading Route des Chateâux – Bordeaux
Where in France a Parisian is regarded an expat, or you can go to a restaurant to taste some local specialities like baeckeoffe or flammekueche? In Alsace of course. Guarded from the rest of France by the Vosges Mountains –ok, high hills really – and from Germany by the Rhine River, Alsace is a land of beautiful green hills, photogenic villages and good wine. And storks. … Continue reading Land of the Storks – Alsace
Cem called to ask us when we will be visiting him again. Those of you unlucky enough not to know him, Cem happens to be a professional captain and one of the most warm hearted and positive persons I’ve ever met. He also happens to live and work in British Virgin Islands which happens to be one of the top sailing destinations in the world. British Virgin … Continue reading Caribbean Tales Part 1: BVI