Turkey in Februari

Thunder in Izmir and snow in Istanbul does not sound that tempting, but change of scenery is also worth a lot, even if the sun is not shining.

The winter slumbering little turist town Alacati is located on the Turkish west coast, not farm from Izmir, the third biggest city of the country. In the heart of Alacati there is a charming hotel called Alavia (pronounced I love ya), tastefully furnished and decorated hotel with a nice spa and gym.

The winter slumbering little turist town Alacati is located on the Turkish west coast, not farm from Izmir, the third biggest city of the country. In the heart of Alacati there is a charming hotel called Alavia (pronounced I love ya), tastefully furnished and decorated hotel with a nice spa and gym.

On the first day of the trip the weather was lovely and like a typical sun craving swede I parked my self by the pool and refused to move. Good thing, because when the night arrived it brought on rain and thunder so strong it made the bed shake.

Wet stray dog does not look happy.

The morning after streets where rater flooded and the rain kept poring. In sneakers and equipped with an umbrella I jumped between the puddles towards the vegetable market and the local fish auction.

This time of the year it is popular to pick and eat wildly grown herbs and salads. This particular one looks like a sort of dandelion. The Turks have great veggies and know very well how to make tasty vegetarian dishes. The fish is also excellent. If you can only manage to keep your fingers away from various buttery pastries and baklava, it is easy to eat healthy here.

I tasted a stem from a raw artichoke, and it was delicious!
Serious looking men focusing on the auctioneer’s monotonous voice, while they probably  wonder what that woman with the camera does here this time of the year.
Fresh out of the water.

It did not feel tempting to do an excursion to Artemistemplet i Efesos (one of the ancient seven wonders) in the poring rain, and as the the hotel’s WiFi was down, I could not take the advantage to update the blog or edit pictures. Instead I spent the time in the gym and spa, and in restaurangs of course, which was a very nice alternativ.

Alavyas generous breakfast buffé offers a lot of healthy alternativs.
Beautiful cat patiently waiting and hoping for a bite of my dinner.

Next stop was Istanbul, where snow was covering the streets and roofs, while my neighbors at home in Sweden was enjoying blue sky and a unusually warm weather. Good thing there is so much to see (and eat) in Istanbul, making the weather less important. Read more about the trip to Istanbul soon!

View from the hotel over snow covered roofs in Istanbul.

 

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