Istanbul doesn’t see snow except for a very few days every year. That’s why there is a completely different energy & mood in the streets when it is snowing. Everybody starts to through snow balls at each other, kids starts making snowmen, and who;e families are out in the street celebrating it.
While for the past century lots of people around the world migrated from small villages to big cities seeking education, careers and money, I try to set the spot on the village life in Turkey. It’s my way of remembering how simple life is a few kilometers away from the big cities.
While on a road trip around the Marmara sea. I encountered these lovely farmers taking their sheep and cattle out for a quick meal and dip in the beautiful lake “Kuş Gölü” which means the birds’ lake. or as some people call it “Kuş Cenneti” which means “Birds’ Heaven”.
For two or three weeks a year; when it’s Sugar Beet season, A few families gather in this small place to create some delicious molasses from their sugar beet crop. Three generations work together as a team, where the grandmother gives assertive instructions and all others follow. Some of them sell it, while others keep it for themselves and use it till next year. Molasses with Tahin is a famous breakfast dish amongst Turkey.
Cappadocia “Kapadokya” or the land of the beautiful horses is definitely one of my favourite places in Turkey. The Volcanic rock formations give the landscape a very original and uniques personality that you cannot find anywhere else. On your visit to Cappadocia don’t forget to visit at least one of the fascinating underground cities, go on a hot air balloon ride and prepare to be amazed, but most importantly stay in a cave hotel to have the full experience.