Tuesday, November 23, 2010

T at a Turkish countryside....

We were on a working trip to Turkey last month and after the conference,
we spent some time in Datca,

a beautiful and tranquil little town,
about 1 hour by ferry from the city of  Bodrum,  Turkey.

We had turkish tea by the beach side cafe...


and stayed in one of the most beautifully restored stone house
with a lush garden, called the
Mehmet Ali Aga Konagi Mansion
(built in 1809)




there was also a "secret" garden


where fruits, vegetables and herbs


are grown and freshly picked each morning;


where fresh olives are pressed in the traditional way,
 and delicious food made from farm fresh milk and cheese
and other natural produce from the village near by,
where we took early morning walks,
and amidst the tranquility of the countryside...
it is so therapeutic and calming
to listen to the call for prayer from the village mosque....


We visited the ancient Greek city of  Knidos


which reminded me of a busy port city during the ancient times...





and as we left Datca , we stopped by an old flour mill


and with much thankfulness in our hearts to our gracious hosts
who gave us the most precious gift of friendship.





Happy Tea Tuesday everyone!!!

~steph~

8 comments:

Kimmie said...

I enjoy traveling the world with you on your blog! What an ancient place this is! And your tea looks wonderfully satisfying!

Happy tea today! Kimmie

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your photos are so beautiful and realistic, I feel like I was there with you, sharing the moments you spent at the stone house, the lighthouse, and the secret garden. And enjoying some Turkish tea sounds wonderful, especially if it's as good as their coffee.

La Dolce Vita said...

love your international tea posts Steph, as aways you give me so much to think about and to see. love the last photo of the windmill, just fabulous!

~*~Patty S said...

oh Steph what a gorgeous getaway...
it is such a treat to get to see far off lands through your eyes
Your tea today really stirs my wanderlust!
Happy Day to you dear one!
oxo

1creativeone said...

Oh my Steph, Beautiful post as always, how lucky you are to be able to travel and experience such wonderous things! Happy T and day to you, Christen

Nancy said...

Wonderful photos :) happy T day

Dianne said...

What an inspiring place...

Halle said...

Oh my...what amazing photos. I'm sure that being there in person can even begin to compare. Thanks for taking me out of Minnesota for a few minutes.