2 Temmuz 2015 Perşembe

How to spend time in our little green home




Eat, eat, eat...
Eat the best food money can not buy in the big cities, even better...
You can pick your vegetable from the fields around, you'll taste the best tomatoes ever.
You can buy fresh fish just off the hook from the local fisherman. The better thing would be you catch yourself, great spots for fishing including spearfihing.
You can visit Apollon Kasap in Gulpinar for the best red meat grass fed around our village; lamb chops is my favourite, try home made sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage).
Fridays farmers market in Ayvacik, very colourful, not only to feed your body also to feed your eyes and soul.
Saturdays Gulpinar has small market in the morning period, you should make it before noon. Local ladies are selling their products from their little farms.

If you don't like cooking there is also solution for that as well. Here are couple of recommendation where you can eat and enjoy the beach at the same time;

Sokakagzi Balikci Kahvesi
While driving towards Behramkale direction, turn right after Koyunevi, take the road towards the coast from the crossroad.
The view is fascinating while driving down.
When you arrive to the beach, turn right. In couple of hundred meters you'll find Balikci Kahvesi which used to be part of an old olive oil factory.
Sevinc is a local lady from Koyunevi. What she serves is whatever locals would eat, homecooking. Everything in the season, nothing fancy but all healthy and tasty. Try her ayran or yogurt, she makes the yogurt herself and the source is her own grassfed free range cows.



Sivrice Muammer Can
Continue the coast towards the lighthouse. You'll see the big village square where you'll see the beautiful willow tree. You'll see Muammer Can's little run down restaurant by the sea, literally on the water. The appearance is not that attractive but I can guarantee satisfaction about the sea food. Local fisherman Tuncay Cetin brings the fish every morning fresh and you always get fresh food there. Very simple but tasty.





Cagin
On the other side of the little harbour you'll find Cagin. It is a little friendly spot. My favourite spot to swim and snorkel. You dive to the aquarius water from the rocks. Don't forget Deniz Ozen's little art gallery and workshop. You can find local art and crafts if you want to take gifts back home. And she is a great person to know for that area, super friendly, a great friend of mine.



Assos Yildiz Saray
Assos is my love, the reason why I choose to live in the are, little antique harbour surrounded by historic stone buildings. There is some kind of magic in this little harbor.
From Behramkale follow the 'Antik Liman' sign to the harbor, my favorite is Yildiz Saray, the first stone building on the left. Family run business, dad catches the fish, mom cooks, son serves, great combination. They have a platform on the water. Enjoy your dinner while watching the sea. The best food in the area, very rich, unique, traditional meze selection, most of the greens comes from their own garden, highly recommended.









Babakale Denizhan Fish Restaurant
Babakale is a little fisherman's village, no charm left after they turned the cute little harbour into a huge concrete pile but still the best seafood from local catch. Follow Babakale signs from Gulpinar. Denizhan is a roof top fish restaurant, very friendly atmosphere, you'll enjoy both food and the view.
Babakale is named after the castle 'kale', worths visiting if you are interested in seeing historic places.
Another detail; Babakale is the most western point of Turkey and facing west, you'll enjoy the magnificent sunsets.




Akliman
Turn right while driving from Gulpinar to Babakale and follow the signs to the beach. You'll be driving through the olive grooves, just follow the dirt road.
There are couple of cafes on the beach which I don't find the food very special but the service is great. It feels great having your cold drink of snacks served to your chez-lounge while you are chilling on the beautiful sandy beach.



To be continued...

4 Mart 2014 Salı

May all who visit us guests leave as friends




       Our little green home is ready to host you along the Northern Aegean coast within the Alexandria Troya (40 km), Assos (22km) and Apollon Smintheus (4km) triangle, 70 km from the ancient city of Troy, known for being the setting of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer75 km from the Kaz Mountain National Park (Mount Ida), 100 km from Gallipoli War Site and Memorials, 278 km from Izmir, 445 km from Istanbul, located in a little modest village facing the Aegean Sea, surrounded by olive groves and pine forest where you'll enjoy a stress-free get-away in a pristine quiet and natural environment. Our little green home can accommodate two to four people at a time in two bedrooms with double bed. Kids and pets are welcomed.


          How to get home;
        For our guests driving from İSTANBUL, the route through Tekirdağ is recommended. On that route you have to take ferry from Gelibolu to Lapseki or from Eceabat or Kilitbahir to Çanakkale.
     For our guests driving from IZMIR, follow the coastline till you reach Küçükkuyu. After Küçükkuyu, follow the signs for Assos/Behramkale to the left, you should see the sign just after passing town center, before the road starts inclining. After Behramkale follow the road to Gulpınar/Apollon Smintheus, Kocaköy is the 6th village on that road after Bademli.
      For our guests driving from ANKARA, just reach to the coastline through Balıkesir, Edremit, Altınoluk, follow that road till you reach Küçükkuyu. After Küçükkuyu, follow the signs for Assos/Behramkale to the left, you should see the sign just after passing town center, before the road starts inclining. After Behramkale follow the road to Gulpınar/Apollon Smintheus, Kocaköy is the 6th village on that road after Bademli. 
      After Çanakkale follow the main road to Izmir direction. After Ezine take the coastal road towards Gülpınar and Apollon Smintheus. Kocaköy is the first village on the  from Gülpınar to Assos direction. The other option is after Ezine continue on the main road follow Assos/Behramkale through Ayvacık. From Behramkale follow the road to Gulpınar/Apollon Smintheus, Kocaköy is the 6th village on that road after Bademli.
     Drive safe...










Rates
Weekdays; 110 USD/Day
Weekends;120 USD/Day
 (min 2 days accommodation is required)
650 USD/Week
2000 USD/Month 
Extras
50 USD - Cleaning fee for each stay
50 USD - Housekeeping on demand
120 USD - Damage deposit

(Please contact for long term requirements through bernaodonovan@gmail.com)











Booking information

A small deposit is required when you make the reservation. 
The balance is required 48 hours prior to arrival.  
What to do 
It's a great location for healthy living; good food, good air and peace
And great location to visit the historic sites close by.
You can chill, go hiking or biking or swimming or snorkeling. We have bikes for two available for your use.

Contact us for any additional information through bernaodonovan@gmail.com



We hope to see you here soon. 















29 Ekim 2013 Salı



Thanksgiving Meal Preparation Workshop
(Any two days you wish between 8-28 November 2013)


       


          Our little green home is getting ready to host cooking workshops for a traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared by Chef Leah along the Northern Aegean coast within the Alexandria Troya (40 km), Assos (22km) and Apollon Smitheon (4km) triangle, 278 km from Izmir, 445 km from Istanbul, located in a little modest village facing the Aegean Sea, surrounded by olive groves and pine forest where you'll enjoy a stress-free get-away in a pristine quiet and natural environment.

- Classes are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced foodies.


- Your Turkish host, Berna, speaks perfect English. Chef Leah, a certified US-trained chef with more than 20 years experience is American, living and working in Turkey for almost 9 years, also speaks Turkish.
- Small, personalized courses on site, any two days you wish between 8-28 November 2013. We can accommodate two to four people at a time in two bedrooms with double bed.
- Kids and pets are welcomed.
-  Please contact us for information about larger groups and while registering, be sure to provide information about bringing kids and pets.

Course Itinerary


-  Cooking classes (3-4 hours), prior to an enjoyable sit down meal of the results!
-  Workshop Day 1: Nice seasonal, hearty soup made with pumpkin, turkey and side dishes; mashed potatoes, stuffing, a nice mix of roasted vegetables, a caesar salad
-  Workshop Day 2: Pumpkin pie and creative different ways to make use of all the leftovers
Class rates
Our classes are TL 500 per person for 2 nights accommodation including breakfast, dinner and workshops.

Booking information
A small deposit is required when you make the reservation. The balance is required 48 hours prior to arrival.  
Option
If you are not interested in the cooking class, just want to hang around, chill, go hiking or biking or swimming or snorkeling, you are still welcome. (We have biking and snorkeling gear for two people available for your use)
Contact us for any additional information. We hope to see you here soon. 


12 Temmuz 2013 Cuma

Yenilige Dogru...

Yeniliğe Doğru


Her gün bir yerden göçmek ne iyi
Her gün bir yere konmak ne güzel
Bulanmadan, donmadan akmak ne hoş
Dünle beraber gitti cancağızım
Ne kadar söz varsa düne ait
Şimdi yeni şeyler söylemek lazım 


Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi

Ciktigim uzun yolculugun sonuna geldim nihayet. Umarim gelmisimdir desem daha mi dogru olurdu. Mart 2012'de basladigim maceranin en azindan insaat ile ilgili bolumu bitirmis oldugumu umuyorum. Icerisinde "Ummak" fiili gecen cumleler kurmamin sebebini aciklamam gerekiyor sanirim; evimin tamamlandigini dusunerek tasinip, yerlesip, acilis ve hidirellez partilerinin ardindan evi yeniden toplayip, santiyeye donusturup, iki aylik bir calismadan sonra yeniden "Ev" sekline donmeye calisiyorum. Umarim bu sefer basarmisimdir.
Bu aralar evi yeniden kurmaya calismak disinda neler yapiyorum; mumkun oldukca bahcemle ugrasiyorum. Feslegenim ve nanalerim cok mutlu, biberlerim ve domateslerim cok lezzetli. Dort gozle ektigim pembe domateslerin kizarmasini bekliyorum.
Bugunki yazimi Mevlana'nin bir siiriyle basladim. Bir sayfayi kapatirken yeni bir sayfa acmak gerekir diye dusunuyorum. Actigim yeni sayfayi henuz ne ile dolduracagimi bilemiyorum, onumu hala pek goremiyorum. Ama durup bekleyecek bir insan degilim. Uretmedende duramiyorum. Urettiklerimi de bir sekilde degerlendirmem gerekiyor. Dun itibariyle urettiklerimi buyuk sehirlerde yasayan, saglikli ve taze yiyeceklere erisimde zorluk yasayan dostlarima erzak kolisi seklinde gondermeye basladim. Sabah erkenden hamuru mayalayip hamurun kabarmasini beklerken tarlaya gidip sebzeleri toplayip, eve donup ekmekleri odun atesi ile isittigim firina atip, ekmekler piserken dostlarima gonderecegim peynirleri zeytinleri vakumlayip ekmekler pistikten sonra kolileri hazirladim ve kasabadan Canakkale'ye gondererek kargonun cikisina yetistirdim. Sabahtan beri kolilerini alan dostlarimin olumlu geri beslemelri ile cok keyif aldim ve o moralle tarladan topladigim domatesleri kurutmak uzere hazirlayip gunese serdim. Suan hedefim kuruttugum domateslerle ekmek yapmak, Hisaronu'nde yasarken en bayildigim seydi o ekmekler.
Tabiki butun gunumu calisarak gecirmiyorum. Aksam ustleri kendimi denize atip gunun butun yorgunlugunu Ege'nin serin sularina birakiyorum. Bu keyif anlarini paylasmak uzere sevgili dostlarimi bekliyorum.