Cirali, Turkey: Out and about

Cirali, Turkey: Out and about

 

Food in Turkey
The food before the food. When you sit down at a Turkish restaurant, you’ll be brought some bread, yoghurt cheese, ezme (like salsa) and other nibblies while your food is prepared.

I’ve wandered around Cirali, Turkey for a few days now and thought you might enjoy a photo essay of life here. Of course, most of my life involves working at my laptop. People sometimes forget that this isn’t a vacation and I’m not a tourist. But those photos would be very boring, so here’s what I’ve done during my time off.

Turkish Food
My waiter took me to a glass counter to choose my food from what they had fresh today. Several casseroles were set out, with raw ingredients. I chose one with chicken & veggies and they baked it up fresh for me. It’s very common for the waiter to take you on a food-viewing mission rather than ordering off a menu.
Cirali, Turkey
I saw a group of about 8 peacocks near the resorts on my way to the beach!
White Peacock in Cirali, Turkey
One was a gorgeous white peacock.
Cirali Beach in Cirali, Turkey
The beach and the mountains, on a sunny, glorious day.
Turkish food
Serka persuaded me to try one of his mussels, and it was so good I bought a bag. Then he invited me to come drink Raki with him on Monday.
Turkish food
The mussels are stuffed with spicy rice. I was a little scared of them — even Anthony Bourdain called these “shellfish of unknown providence” and seemed nervous about them. But they were delicious!
Turkish Food
Lunch! A beer, lentil soup, and sigara boregi, delicious cheese-stuffed pastries. An all-carb lunch.
Cirali, Turkey
My landlady/hostess/new friend Diana tries to feed her chickens and ducks from her hand, while one of her cats looks on. It’s a menagerie here.
Cirali, Turkey
Diana moved me from the cabin to the treehouse to make room for new guests. this is my new office and yoga room. There’s a mosquito net above my ‘desk’ so I can sleep in the open air if I choose.
Cirali, Turkey
My bedroom is enclosed to keep the bugs out.
Cirali, Turkey
My corner office and napping/reading/editing station. You’ll have to imagine the gentle breeze and birdsong.

The best part of sharing space with AirBnB hosts is that you make friends and experience local life. I prefer these experiences over tours any day.

Today, Diana invited me to go into the nearby town of Kumluca with her for the market. We hired her friend Hassan, a local tour guide, to drive us. He picked us up in  a huge Mercedes van and off we went through the mountains.

Kumluca, Turkey
On our way into Kumluca, we stopped on the side of the road so Diana could buy some baby ducks.

 

Kumluca, Turkey
Hassan helped Diana choose & negotiate for feed for all her poultry. this was also purchased on the side of the road.
Kumluca, Turkey
Lunch! Grilled meat (ground beef), bread, and fresh veggies.
Turkish food
This is Piyaze, a Turkish white bean salad with chopped eggs, tomatoes, and tahini. Turkish salads are often kind of soupy, so you can dip bread in the delicious liquid.
Kumluca, Turkey
The tobacco shop. Diana wouldn’t buy until she had rolled a cigarette and smoked a bit, but that was fine with the shopkeeper. Later, she tasted everything in the market, from raisings to strawberries.
Turkish food
The market is huge, and features fresh vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, and.. pretty much everything you might want.
Turkish food
How to buy honey!
Turkish food
The yogurt is as thick and smooth as soft-serve ice cream. No one does yogurt like the Turks, they eat it on pasta, drink it in cups, or eat it with herbs, like cheese.  I’m eating it with fruit and yogurt, it’s the best I’ve ever had.
Turkish food
Markets around the world seem to vary mostly in terms of how the local women dress.
Cirali, Turkey
On the way home, Diana had to ride in the back and play with her baby ducks.
cirali, turkey
We found her friend Yasha waiting for us back home. The ducks went to stay in the henhouse for a while so the other animals could get used to them.

Published by Lauren

I'm a nomadic freelance writer, out enjoying the world!

5 Comments

  • Charlotte Desorgher

    June 7, 2014 at 6:51 am Reply

    Great photos! What an amazing time you’re having. And although you’re working very hard, it must be such a relaxing place to do it – food for the soul I’m sure.

  • Natalia

    June 8, 2014 at 3:46 am Reply

    The stuffed mussels are called midye and I love them too

    • Lauren

      June 15, 2014 at 11:36 am Reply

      They are delicious, thank you for giving me a name for them.

  • catji

    February 26, 2015 at 4:58 am Reply

    i found this page because i was wondering whether it would be possible to do a trip to where tobacco is produced, and buy some pipe tobacco. 🙂 i wonder if that shop has pipe Turkish pipe tobacco too. Worth trying anyway.

    • Lauren

      February 26, 2015 at 9:18 am Reply

      Oh, interesting quest you’re on! I think it’s possible. If you inquire at a large tobacco shop, they might be able to help you arrange a tour of a production facility.

      This shop was fascinating. Loose tobacco of all kinds, and they even let Diana roll & smoke a cigarette before she bought. I feel sure they would have had some pipe tobacco as well.

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