I see where this blogging (aka my interests) is going.. It’s been mostly about traveling and that won’t change so soon – I guess, overthinking the blog-strategy from a fashion into travel one would be a good thing to consider, right?
Mezze, blue sky and crystal clear sea, 27 degrees weather in October, white little houses which made me think of Santorini or Mykonos (never been there though hah), the atmosphere,.. I could go on like that for hours really. I had the chance to travel to Bodrum in Turkey last week thanks to Turkey Toursim (Türkei Tourismus), in order to discover the city with a some other blogger girls. I came there without any expectations (other than all people in my surrounding who were everything but relaxed about my trip there.. no one relaxed, ever) and man, was I surprised.
3 things I loved most about the Bodrum peninsula
1. The food: Thinking back at those days I feel like the only thing we were doing was eating, eating,.. Coming there as a complete stranger I didn’t even know the little different plates called mezze that were served before every meal – and believe me, you were full even before the main dish came, plates full of different veggies. I must say, I was totally surprised to see Turkish food to be so much about vegetables and their preparation, although it makes sense if you think about it. Oh and don’t get me talking about Turkish coffee, tea or Raki (Turkish schnaps).. this was love at “first try”. Also, I had the best ice cream ever at Bitez Dondürm which is an absolute must try if there! Also, the Cimentepe Restaurant in Yalikavak is to die for, the view at night is priceless. However, good foods are a standard in Turkey, so even if you choose little local restaurants you’ll get the best experience for low money. And for a romantic dinner I’d recommend choosing a place at the promenade of Gümüslük with an incredible view on the sea.
Funny fact: We were at a market and different shops and I didn’t even know half of the vegetables, spices or fruits that were sold there – so crazy! The diversity of different food is unbelievable and so worth seeing.
2. Cultural heritages and their diversity of historical sites: As a complete stranger I didn’t know what Bodrum actually had to offer: the castle of St.Peter with amazing views on the city and hills, museum of underwater archaeology, an amphitheater, the mausoleum of halicarnassus which used to be one of the seven world wonders, the mindos gate which used to be one of the entrances into the city, old windmills on the hill from which you have the most amazing view on the whole area. Personally, I love historical tours so even if one is interested in views, well, you can have it all. 3. Blue cruise: When in Bodrum, a blue cruise is a must! Rent a boat and see some of the most beautiful bays in whole Turkey while sunbathing at the deck and waiting for big amount of food to be prepared. The port where the boat is situated is so beautiful as well. I’ve never been on a boat before (nope, really) so I was really surprised how big it was and that it actually was a small house, with everything you could ever need during a week? Definitely doing a yachting tour some day with some friends, I definitely loved the relaxed atmosphere.
Anything else I loved about Turkey?
I was a big fan of the cute little streets with their shops and special charm, as well as the Doria hotel in Gümbet where we stayed (the pools & the breakfast view = absolutely fantastic).The last night something magical happened: We got to see an actual Turkish wedding! Our guide Sükrü Gözütok heard the traditional music, we drove to the location and boom: there we were five minutes later, shaking or booties on the dance floor, including the bridal couple and all their guests, we, unknown people from Switzerland were dragged to the dance floor at a Turkish wedding. Gosh,this feels so surreal. The people were so friendly and welcoming from day one on.
I’ve never been in Turkey until now and though the political situation isn’t as secure and the possibility of bombs/ attacks is higher than elsewhere in Europe at the moment, I didn’t regret it for a second. Speaking of my experience I can tell you that I didn’t feel insecure or „in danger“ for a second and I could definitely recommend going to that specific area for the moment being, especially because it is very touristy.
Last but not least I want to thank all the people who made this trip possible, I am very thankful to having been given such an opportunity.