August 26th, 2009  | Category: Travel


It has been a little over two weeks since I got back from my vacation and I’m still trying to adapt to city life. You see, it was my first vacation in three years. Funny how I’ve gotten used to the construction happening next door for over two years now…

I’ve spent the first three days of my vacation in a small fishing village called Selimiye, located on the mountainous Bozburun Peninsula, where the Mediterranean sea meets the Aegean sea. It is not as uninhabited as I imagined it would be, but certainly more peaceful and uncrowded than Bodrum, which I stayed for a week afterward.

The village has a seaside boardwalk lined with pomegranate trees and restaurants that overlook the bay.

Selimiye 14

At the end of the boardwalk is the village square with small shops and a patisserie called Cafe Ceri. This tiny patisserie is operated by a warm and welcoming couple, who serve the best cappuccino I have tasted in a long time. And their profiterole isn’t bad either.

Selimiye 14

Cafe Ceri at noon. We’re anxiously waiting for our first round of profiteroles.

Below is a gallery of all the other photos I took during my trip. Enjoy!

You can navigate through the photos by clicking on the blue arrows under each photo.


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  1. 1 - Samantha on August 26th, 2009

    So beautiful! All of your photos capture a sense of peacefulness that we forget living in the city!

    Did you have fun reading David Lebovitz?

  2. 2 - The Hungry Mouse on August 26th, 2009

    You’re such a wonderful photographer. Looks like you had a lovely time! 😀


  3. 3 - Soma on August 26th, 2009

    Beautiful Pictures! Love the shots at night. the houses & the fabric & the decor reminds me of back home, India.

  4. 4 - Nicole on August 26th, 2009

    Gorgeous photos, as always! But these really make me want to take the exact same vacation! 🙂

  5. 5 - lisa (dandysugar) on August 26th, 2009

    Beautiful photos. Very quiet and peaceful surroundings.

  6. 6 - Szerelem on August 26th, 2009

    What gorgeous pictures! I spent last summer by the Agean and am missing that time terribly and this post isn’t helping! I’m quit tempted to plan a Selimiye vacation now. When I am in Turkey next year, perhaps.

  7. 7 - David on August 26th, 2009

    Glad the book had a nice vacation…but next time, take me instead : )

  8. 8 - Gera @ SweetsFoods on August 26th, 2009

    So beautiful pictures, you’ve very good hand to take them 🙂

    I need vacations like this, from my winter!



  9. 9 - Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy on August 26th, 2009

    Yes to hammock over water or feet in water while working…sigh! 🙂 I’m glad you finally took a vacation after such a long working streak! Don’t wait so long for the next one, ok? 🙂

  10. 10 - renai on August 27th, 2009

    Cenk, a colleague of mine just returned from there a few weeks back and sung its praises as well. It looks and sounds divine! I love your pictures, they are stunning. Would you mind telling me what you you snapping with? I assume an SLR of some type?
    Thanks for sharing,

  11. 11 - Anna on August 27th, 2009

    Really beautifull! Makes me long for my 2 holidays in turkey.

  12. 12 - HappyTummy on August 27th, 2009

    Love the photographs! Makes me want to go back to Turkey.

  13. 13 - Cenk on August 27th, 2009

    Thanks all for your nice words!

    Samantha – I had so much fun reading his book. It makes me want to write my five years in San Francisco. I’ll revisit his book in a post with a recipe.

    David – It will be an honor! Next year?

    Sara – I am planning another one for October/November. Fingers crossed!

    renai – Thanks. I shoot with Canon 40D. My lenses are 50mm f1.4 and 17-85mm f4.5-5.6.

  14. 14 - Marie on August 27th, 2009

    Oh, how lovely those photographs are. I would love to whisk away to be there in an instant. I’ve never been in Turkey, but would love to go one day.
    I must say you’re my number one favorite blogger – in any field. I love your unique style, your tasty recipes, your warm hearted messages. It makes me feel I’m one of the family. (I’ve also tried adopting your Father’s breakfast style which you’ve disclosed in an earlier writing. And it is delicious!

  15. 15 - Mari on August 28th, 2009

    The carpet shop has our carpet!!! (the one on the back far corner… aren’t they called Ushak? We got ours in Turkey, and 3 other smaller ones.)
    I want to go back to Turkey!!! We don’t need any more carpets, but for more food, people, and Turkish bath!

  16. 16 - Cenk on August 28th, 2009

    Marie – Thanks a lot for the kindest comment. I’ll let my father know that somewhere in the world, someone is having breakfast just the way he does 🙂

    Mari – Yes, I believe that one is called Ushak. Great to hear you had a lovely time in Turkey.

  17. 17 - banu aslan on September 1st, 2009

    I’m simply in love with your recipes and the photos you take! Really good to know that I live in the same city with such a wonderfully talented person. Congrats!!

  18. 18 - Gil Adbg on September 3rd, 2009

    ohh congratulations!!! wonderful pictures! i love photos i’m photographer too.

  19. 19 - lina on September 3rd, 2009

    Fabulous photographs and amazing recipes. I love your site. What kind of camera did you use?

  20. 20 - Cenk on September 3rd, 2009

    lina – Thanks a lot! I have a Canon 40D. My lenses are 50mm f1.4 and 17-85mm f4.5-5.6.

  21. 21 - Jaden on September 4th, 2009

    ooooh it looks sooo peaceful!
    hey we have the same camera and lenses! the 50mm 1.4 is one of my fav for travel and food.

  22. 22 - RecipesTR on September 4th, 2009

    So nice photos, I heard this place first time in my life. May be, one weekend i can go there from Istanbul 🙂 I read the comments, everybody want to come our country. Thanks Cenk.

  23. 23 - serpil on September 6th, 2009

    great, great , great 🙂 I also have been there in July and it was a perfect holiday. I’m planning to be there again , perhaps , next year. I stayed in a little village called ‘Söğüt’ in fact, but ? went to Selimiye for swimming , dining etc..Thanks for sharing the photos. They made me miss the village and the sea again 🙂

  24. 24 - George Alexander on September 6th, 2009

    Reminds me of when I was in Bodrum to visit the Marine Archeological institute and we got away — just over the ridge — to Akyarlal village for a peaceful dinner. You are a fortunate one to be able to spend time in such places!

  25. 25 - Victoria on September 9th, 2009

    Fantastic! I felt as if I were there myself just by looking at the photos.
    I particularly liked the photo of blue night (the one above the carpet shop) as the dark blue of the sky contrasts so well with the golden flickering lights, creating a magical effect. Also, of table and chairs in the water under a tent—an image of summer languor. Ah, I wish I were there now, instead of my New York office. 🙂

  26. 26 - Ann on September 10th, 2009

    Your photography is definitely amazing. Atilla’s snap did come out cute, but does not look as dangerous as you described, tamed rather.
    The pictures of the seaside broadwalk restaurant were very interesting.
    Summers there would memorable there, I’m sure – change from the heat in Saudi Arabia


  27. 27 - Mrs Ergül on September 18th, 2009

    You make all these places look very charming. Or maybe the really are!

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