Sunday Snap: Red Peppers in Gaziantep

Winter’s coming to Turkey and it’s time to make sure you have enough dried vegetables for the cold winter’s months ahead.
Housewives have been busy stringing red peppers, eggplant, zucchinis and okra and hanging them up to dry in the sun.

Red Peppers in Gaziantep

You can also buy them in the markets. Demand is high at this time of the year and this shop we saw in Gaziantep three weeks ago sold mostly dried peppers with a few dried eggplant and dried zucchini for sale as well.

The dried vegetables will then be used to make dolma. They will be rehydrated and stuffed with a delicious rice or bulgar and meat filling. Of course you don’t have to use meat, you can always make a vegetarian version.

It’s definitely one of Turkey’s best known dishes and easy to make!

 

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Sunset in Santorini

Watching the sun set in Santorini is often mentioned on many people’s wish lists. You can picture yourself, glass in hand, sitting back, relaxing as the sun fades for another day.

It was nearly time for the golden hour. We wandered slowly towards the sun, lost in the charm of the streets and the magnificent views over the caldera.

That is until we came to a sudden stop!

We had joined the throng of dozens of people all heading in the same direction.
There was no passing to be done…the narrow street was wall to wall people.
All we could do was shuffle along with the rest of the crowd until we came to a stop.

Sunset in Santorini

 

Crowds fo Sunset in Santorini

 

We were in Santorini at the beginning of September. Yes it’s a busy time to go, yes there are often many cruise ships in adding to the already crowded streets, and yes, I knew it would be crowded but just not like this!

If only we had started earlier and not spent the time window shopping! We headed to the Sunset Rooftop Bar only to be told it was well and truly booked out!

 

Crowds for Sunset in Santorini

 

Eventually I found a spot in the second row along the wall and waited for the magic moment.

Sunset in Santorini

Sunset in Santorini

 

 

Sunset in Santorini

 

It was worth doing…once!
There are a lot of other view points in Santorini that would be perfect to watch the sunset and if I’m ever there again, I will be exploring these options!

 

Sunset in Santorini

 

But after all this..it is definitely not to be missed!

 

Where you been watched the sun set in Santorini? 

 

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A Walk along London’s Regents Canal

On a perfect summer’s day in London we headed to Little Venice to walk along Regents Canal.

I have been meaning to take this walk for quite a few years now and on our recent trip to London, the timing was right!

Little Venice is an area in the suburb of Maiden Vale where the Grand Union Canal and Regent’s Canal meet. Browning’s Pool where this occurs is named after the English poet Robert Browning who was supposed to have lived in the area.

The canal was finished in 1820 but, because of the advent of the railway,  it was not used as much as was thought to bring goods to London. Today boats line parts of the canal providing a permanent home to many families.

From Browning’s Pool you can catch a water bus along the Regents Canal but we chose to take a leisurely stroll along the tow path. Join us!

Regents canal

Browning’s Pool

 

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A quick coffee before the walk!

 

Grand Union Canal, London

Grand Union Canal

 

Regents Canal, London

Regent’s Canal

 

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Large speed humps cross the tow path making cycling very difficult!

Regents canal sign

 

Regents Canal

Home sweet home!

 

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We weren’t expecting to see these stately homes lining the banks of this section of the canal.

Regents Canal Homes, London

 

Regents Canal homes

 

Regents Canal

Punting on the canal

 

Penguins on the banks of Regent’s Canal mark the entrance to London Zoo.

Regents Canal Bridge to London Zoo

 

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Street art!

 

From here the walk continues to Regents Park and Camden with its bustling market.

 

Have you walked this section of the canal? Would you like to?

 

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Modern Art on the Water

It was midnight and we were quietly sipping daiquiris in an outdoor bar in Spetses when we received the message…you have to come and look at this boat.

Leaving our drinks on the table under the watchful eye of the owner we raced around the corner to be greeted by the sight of an unbelievable boat.

 

Jeff Koons designed boat Guilty

It was a boat like no other. The small quay in Spetses was full of mega yachts….some tasteful some not but there was no other boat like this one!

The exterior looked to me like a Lichenstein painting! I was close! It was actually the work of American artist Jeff Koons.

 

Jeff Koons designed boat Guilty

 

The 115 feet boat, with the name of Guilty, belongs to Greek Cypriot industrialist and art collector Dakis Joannou.

He commissioned Jeff Koons and Italian yacht designer Ivana Porfiri to design him a mega yacht and this is the result.

I later read that Koons had been inspired by British naval camouflage from World war 1 when designing the multi coloured exterior. The large windows allow the light into the all white interior. Upstairs we could see a huge pink neon sign with the word ‘feelings’.

Modern art on the water….

Definitely one of the more unusual boats I have seen.

 

What are your thoughts….love it or not!

 

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Spetses: My Introduction to the Greek Islands

Spetses was our first introduction to the Greek Islands….and what an introduction it was!

Though it did not completely conform to the images I had of these islands….there were not many square white houses, but blue doors covered with rambling pink bougainvillea reminded me I was in the Greek islands.

We hired quad bikes and explored the island finding beaches to return to day after day, we cruised around the island with Blue…a local boat owner who took us to isolated bays. We sat in beachside cafes feasting on fresh fish and local delicacies and at night when the town sprung to life, we joined everyone at the waterside restaurants. Lazy days…relaxing with friends….the perfect start to our Greek island holiday!

 

Spetses doorway

Blue doors and bougainvillea…

 

Spetses street

A street in Spetses

 

Old shop signs in Spetses

Old shop signs in Spetses

 

Old waterfront house in Spetses

I’d love this old house right on the waterfront with its faded facade!

 

A greek church  Spetses

A greek church…..for me one of the iconic photos of Greece!

 

The old boat harbour in Spetses

The old boat harbour

 

Blue...our boatman and guide for a day around the island

Blue…our boatman and guide for a day around the island

 

Relaxing in the shade of a church

Churches can always be found in the best position!

 

Beautiful clear water in Spetses

The water really was this colour!

 

Xylokeriza Beach, Spetses

One of our favourite beaches…Xylokeriza Beach

 

Kaiki Beach, Spetses

Kaiki Beach

 

Paradise Beach Club, Spetses

The beach club at Paradise Beach

 

The food was wonderful…I had my first authentic Greek salad in Spetses

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

 

…and ate delicious food.

Feta filled aubergine rolls with tomato and cheese

Feta filled aubergine rolls with tomato and cheese

 

Rice filled tomatoes at Paradise Beach

Delicious rice filled tomatoes

 

I also became addicted to orange cake!

Orange cake in Spetses

Orange cake

 

Spetses is a favourite island for Athenians as it is close to the mainland.  It only takes 2 hours to drive to Kosta on the mainland from where you take a taxi boat to Spetses. This is one way you could get there but for us it was a 2.5 hour ferry ride on the Flying sardine can Dolphin from Piraeus!

We loved Spetses. You will too if you want to escape mass tourism, love heading to the beach each day and do not need a raucous night life to keep you entertained!

Don’t forget to follow our Greek adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Have you been to Spetses? What did you love about your time here?

 

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