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.
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.
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!
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?
The Hungry Mouse
You’re such a wonderful photographer. Looks like you had a lovely time! 😀
Beautiful Pictures! Love the shots at night. the houses & the fabric & the decor reminds me of back home, India.
Gorgeous photos, as always! But these really make me want to take the exact same vacation! 🙂
Beautiful photos. Very quiet and peaceful surroundings.
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.
Glad the book had a nice vacation…but next time, take me instead : )
Gera @ SweetsFoods
So beautiful pictures, you’ve very good hand to take them 🙂
I need vacations like this, from my winter!
Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy
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? 🙂
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,
Really beautifull! Makes me long for my 2 holidays in turkey.
Love the photographs! Makes me want to go back to Turkey.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!
ohh congratulations!!! wonderful pictures! i love photos i’m photographer too.
Fabulous photographs and amazing recipes. I love your site. What kind of camera did you use?
lina – Thanks a lot! I have a Canon 40D. My lenses are 50mm f1.4 and 17-85mm f4.5-5.6.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
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. 🙂
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
You make all these places look very charming. Or maybe the really are!