Alacati/Ayayorgi: a Dreamland full of beautiful colors

For me, the best time to go for vacation is end of august or beginning of september, especially for Turkey. The costs become quieter with less tourist  population which means less queue, more car parking place, better service in restaurants, bars and hotels.  I always wanted to visit Alacati in Turkey, heard so many good comments about there from my friends who have already been there.

I and my friend did not plan our holiday throughly, we wanted it to be spontaneous and found ourselves in a short flight from Istanbul to Izmir. Before heading to Alacati, we tried to arrange a nice and affordable car with car rental companies in the airport and rented the most uncomfortable car ever :)) I don’ t want to complain much though as it gave us the flexibility to visit around rather than just stick nearby the hotel.

The lovely garden of the boutique hotel

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For the next 5 days, we spent our mornings having breakfast in hotel and heading to Ayayorgi beach clubs after drinking our morning coffee.

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Ayayorgi Beach Clubs

Sole More: It was so crowded, probably because we went there on Saturday. After 15 minutes of negotiating with the staff working there, they  arranged a place just near sea 🙂 After 2 drinks, one hour of socializing with others and swimming, I felt a bit tired and fell asleep while sunbathing. I woke up with super loud music coming from the sea and couldn’t believe what i saw. My favorite Turkish band was giving a concert in the middle of the sea, people were swimming to the concert platform. We went there too, swimming, singing, clapping at the same time >.< I loved it!!!

Marrakesh: I was a bit disappointed with this one as I was full of expectations before going there. Due to the advertisements in social media, It is the most popular beach club in that area. The decoration, tables and bungalows were designed elegantly but it was not a place full of energy and I think this place impressed me in the photos because they were taken during night. So, I wish we spent just a night there not a full day.

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Fun Beach: That beach club was in another cost actually and we just wanted to try another location. That was the reason we chose to spend one day on this beach. I did not like the food, it was very windy and we couldn’t hear the music from the beach because the bar was located in the green area which is not very close to the beach.  The sea was extremely cold compared to the  Ayayorgi probably because this is more open than cove.

Babylon: My favorite!!! We went there last day of our vacation. And it is good that we saved the best one for the last day as I will mostly remember here. The whole place was larger than the others. They allocated huge place for everything: car parking lot, the green areas, the beach

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So, in conclusion I loved Ayayorgi but I am not a fan of Altinkum, I might have liked it if I did not visit Ayayorgi though. I realized during this vacation that I felt rested without getting bored. Visitors can have so much fun, enjoy happy hours after 5, clubbing and dancing nearby the sea or just find a quiet place on the green areas, lounge on the comfy cushions.

Loved the colors of the town

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Alacati Night Life:

Curcuna:

I liked this club because it has a nice, relaxing atmosphere and the decoration was super cool. The DJ was standing in an interesting location in the middle of the club: he is in  the car which is on top of the swimming pool 🙂

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Tektekci:

I liked the music and shots served in this place but we experienced something weird after midnight. The staff gave us all earphones to listen to music because it is forbidden to play loud music after midnight. They told us this regulation is applied only for the weekdays and the place is of course is more lively in the weekends.

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As for the restaurants we tried various popular ones and I like the local Mediterranian food restaurant. It was a very authentic restaurant with local foods (specific to Aegean)

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And the most suggested ones, Tuval and Barbun, were not bad either, I like the salmon grill which was served with wasabi sauce.

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Will I visit there again? If I live in Turkey after school, yes, but I first want to travel other countries.

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Printed Pants-Cobalt Blue

Hey guys, whats up?

I was in the hunt for printed pants for a while, I did not want one of these floral or black/white with geometric prints type of pants. I like the versatility of this one, I can combine with almost anything. And how gorgeous my friend looks here !! She uses one of my favorite colors “cobalt blue” in her outfit. Skorts are still trendy this year and I am planning on buying one for myself too.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

XoXo

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*Top from Zara

*Printed pants from F21

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*Skort from Zara

*Top from local store

*Upwatch accessorize

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Spa Day

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great weekend. I and my friend wanted to escape from the city a bit and went to this beautiful spa/wellness center near Sapanca lake. The lake was nice to look at but we did not feel like swimming as it was not clean enough 🙂 There were “courageous” people swimming in the lake though.

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We first wanted to try out the indoor pools as it was too hot outside during noon time. Other than the usual sauna, massage rooms and pools there was this interesting place called adventurous rain shower. You get into an artificial cave which is made of dark stones and you can barely see anything. There is a giant rain shower on top. First you feel the rain coming down slowly with some relaxing music in the background then suddenly  thunderstorm noises start and rain gets heavy!! The thunderstorm sounds were so scary, we got out from there screaming 🙂 Not something you would expect on the spa day.

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After having our lunch, we spent the rest of the day by the pool, chatting, lounging and sunbathing.

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I liked this small gift they gave us at the end of our day.

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XoXo

Cafes in Karakoy/Istanbul

Although I spent 5 years of my life in Istanbul before, including my college days, I have never discovered the cool cafes and bars in Karakoy. And yet, 2 weeks in a row, we hung out in Karakoy district.

First weekend was all about a birthday party
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I fell in love with the decoration of this small cafe:
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Such a cute idea to write the coordinates of the cafe on the street wall:
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Museum of Innocence

“Museum of Innocence” is a book written by Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk and a museum created by him. What impressed me about the book is not only the story and the way characters are built up but also the idea to set up a museum related to the book. While the author was writing the book, he also collected up the objects used by the characters, such as a pair of earrings, shoes, teapot or the car keys of the main characters. Either he first found the object in an antique store and got inspired from it to write in the book or he created the object in the book, and then searched for it.

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The museum is located in Beyoglu, Istanbul.
The ticket of the museum is hidden in one of the last pages of the book:
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The museum is built in an old house which is referred as one of the main character’s house in the book:
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Some quotes from the book:
“When we lose people we love, we should never disturb their souls, whether living or dead. Instead. we should find consolation in an object that reminds you of them, something…I don’t know…even an earring”

“Any intelligent person knows that life is a beautiful thing and that the purpose of life is to be happy,” said my father as he watched the three beauties. “But it seems only idiots are ever happy. How can we explain this?”

“In fact no one recognizes the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. It may well be that, in a moment of joy, one might sincerely believe that they are living that golden instant “now,” even having lived such a moment before, but whatever they say, in one part of their hearts they still believe in the certainty of a happier moment to come. Because how could anyone, and particularly anyone who is still young, carry on with the belief that everything could only get worse: If a person is happy enough to think he has reached the happiest moment of his life, he will be hopeful enough to believe his future will be just as beautiful, more so.”

Moments to Embrace

Change is definitely the most fitting word that describes the situation I am in nowadays. Changing the county I live, changing the place you call home, changing the relationships…
All of these changes would be harder if I did not have a support system of my friends and family. I already knew I needed to see my best friends and planned Euro Trip 3 months ago. The trip went beyond my expectations, full of laughter, relaxing, fun and supporting. So, I will always remember those fun, happy moments with joy >.<

Paris visit
Who says the city is just for romantic couples?
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Weirdest museum I’ ve ever been: Paris Modern Art Museum Pompidou
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Random fondue restaurant in La-Fontaine
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Aaaaand we could not resist to those cat beanies
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Estocolmo visit
That Spa place was aaaaaawesome!! I am gonna share the link: http://www.yasuragi.se/

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And experimental photo shoots in cemetery(our favorite place ahahah)

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Dresden visit
Relaxing with my little sister in Dresden
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All in all, 2014 Euro Trip was perfect although my purse got stolen in Paris subway just after I told the girls that they should be careful because there are lots of pickpocketers

Ohh la la!!

My eurotrip finally has started. I started planning the hotels and flight tickets just a week in advance with my best friends. Yesterday we were a bit exhausted( 3 hours of bus ride and 3,5 hours of flight). We had a lovely dinner in Bistrot Renaisance. Waiter wanted to have a picture with us, he is turkish too and he seemed to have a crush on my friend:))

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