Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Another beautiful place from Crimea with some beautiful Ottoman buildings..The most important one is the Khan Mosque built in 1552 by the famous Architect Sinan of The Ottoman Empire..We had the chance to witness the religious weddings of  some Tatar couples there..

Another one is a dervish lodge and its mosque from the same period.

Evpatoria is an important harbour city in Crimea but it you are looking for sandy beaches you should go outside of the city..

It is full of beautiful old buildings from the imperial days of Russia, but the whole city is waiting a strong hand to renovate them..

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bakhchisaray - Crimea

Our hospital days are continuing..We slowly started to have some results from all the tests that hubby gone thru. Thank God, its not the scary ''C'' word.. It looks like he has secondary reactivated tuberculosis on his lungs. A kind of mutated tuberculosis bacteria which found a place on his lungs when he was young and slept there all these time.

As our hospital days are following one after another, here are some photos from our Crimea trip from June, I neglected to post them for such a long time.

Bakhchisaray is one of the important tourist destinations in Crimea thanks to the palace of the Crimean Khans. Its one of the Muslim palaces located in Europe, along with its famous sisters in İstanbul and Elhamra in Spain. Its a beautiful palace with so much homey feeling. I just loved it.. They started to build it in the 16th century.

Bakhcisaray is a Turkish word (means palace garden) and the name escaped from the Russinization of the names of the places thanks to great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. He visited this palace when he was exiled in Crimea during1822 and wrote his famous and very long poem ''Fountain of Bakhchisaray'' after this visit. The fountain is still in the palace..

This beautiful town has also a special place in my heart. It' s where my paternal grandmother and grandfather spent their adolescence years before they start their big journey to Anatolia.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Time to Heal...

Life is full of ups and downs. One day we are enjoying an excellent summer in Datca and the next day we are in hospital. Last week started with some problems in the hubby's lungs. As they could not put an accurate diagnosis there, we flew to İstanbul at weekend. Now we are in a larger and specialized hospital and still waiting for a diagnosis. Wish us a speedy diagnosis and recovery.....

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fig Season..

Nowadays fierce barks from Hera in the mornings, signals me our sweet delivery. Its been couple years that freshly picked figs delivered to us by a local farmer and his beautiful transportation. I am so happy with my delicious figs and as for Hera, I am sure that she is wondering a lot why the big dog is not responding to her...


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