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Some people have a bucket list. I don't, but if I had one then walking the Lycian Way would be on it. After many years I am finally setting foot on the ancient path that linked the Lycian cities in antiquity on the south coast of Turkey.

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If you walk from Dalyan to Çandır the tea garden is like an oasis in the desert. They not only have tea, but cool drinks as well. Have a bite to eat and sit back with friends and relax. All thei foods are organically grown on site and are prepared with great care.

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First Köyceğiz buldozed a road to our beach now they put signposts up along the road . What is the plan? A cafe next? Sunbeds? I sure hope not. I think it's the last beach with road access in the area that is still in its original state.

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Everyone who comes to the Dalyan area will gaze in wonder at the Lycian Kings Tombs. But what most people never get to see are the other Lycian Rock Tombs that are scattered around the area towards Gokbel and Ortaca.

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It is easy to visit the big waterfall at Toparlar, but what about taking a hike up the mountain to get there? It is a fantastic climb with great views and you arrive at a little paradise with a natural pool beneath it to cool off in at the end.

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Discover the beauty of this great waterfall just past Toparlar by Köycegiz. Its a nice spot to spend a hot summer day. Make sure to discover the area behind it, its well worth the small hike especially with kids.

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Eager to make an overnight hike on the ECOtrails we set out for a three day adventure. It was perfect! The first day is section C3a from Dalyan to Sultaniye Hot Springs. We camped at Akdeniz Camping overlooking the lake.

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Smooth drone footage is not as easy as it may seem. One must conquer the fear of crashing, drowning or having the drone disappear into the unknown first. So until I have mastered it, I will have a death-grip on the controls.

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The old village houses are slowly disappearing. Some of them were still occupied until thirty years ago. It was hard on the women to live there with children and everyday making their own yogurt and butter as well as caring for animals.

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Having never been able to produce a good tasting orange wine in the past I decided to try mandarins and found it made a great white wine by adding a touch of ginger to the process.

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When the rain falls for days and days on end what is there to do...? Ellis used the rainy weather to her advantage to make a pine needle basket as a way of saying thanks to Jose for painting the exceptional mural on our front wall.

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There are numerous trails between Çandır and Ekincik - this video shows the old trail which was a part of the Carian Trail and makes use of some of the new EcoTrail route. It is a fairly easy hike for anyone possessing a basic level of fitness.

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Go on a short hike from Çandır to the çeşme on the road to Kaunos and circle around the hills surrounding Çandır and drop back down into the village. An easy hike for almost every level of fitness that makes for a great mornings outing.

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Palmiye Botanical Gardens is a nursery as well as botanical gardens displaying over 40 species of palm trees. The day Ellis visited it was closed and evidently you must call ahead to see if they are open on the day you wish to visit.

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A hike at the ruins of the ancient city of Kaunos to the top of the Acropolis is rewarded with breath-taking views of Çandır, the Mediterranean Sea, Dalyan and the river to the reed-beds and the ruins of the ancient city below.

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At certain times of the year in Turkey the thunderstorms roll in and give everything a good watering. If you happen to be hiking you'll likely get completely drenched if you don't head home. Evidently this was one of those days.

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The river boats in Dalyan offer moonlight cruises out onto Köyceğiz Lake in the evening. They leave around 7pm and cruise out on the lake where passengers can swim and drink a beer while the captain prepares a fine dinner.

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We often take early morning walks here in Çandır down to the little harbor about 15 minutes away from our home. The lighting in the early morning hours creates hues and shades of color that are dazzling in this ancient place.

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One of Ellis's favorite things is to take Timo to Jimmy's Beach/Akdeniz Camping on her motorbike to Köyceğiz Lake. Timo runs around like crazy and comes home entirely knackered out.

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Whenever there is any seismic activity underground it releases sulphur gases into the water and makes it almost glow an emerald green in the lake and the river. The water becomes almost magical.

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You don't neccessarily need a pressure cooker or other costly equipment to put up fresh tomatoes for the winter. In this video Ellis will show you how to put them up to last all winter with a simple method.

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Phantom Canyon road goes from near Canon City, Colorado through Phantom Canyon to the old silver and gold mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor. It is pretty much one lane often with sheer rock cliffs on both sides.

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Separating cattle is usually accomplished by driving the cattle into pens with gates. One or two are allowed to move forward where they're identified as male or female and then forced through the gates to separate pens.

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It's real fun to learn how to weave with newspapers. Newspaper baskets are strong and useful. I have learned this from tutorials on YouTube. Ellis showed friends from Dalyan how easy and fun it is to do.

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From where I live it's easy to get to the starting point of the Lycian Way. The bus system in Turkey works fantastic. If you fly in you most likely land at Dalaman airport. Take the bus to Dalaman and from there to Fethiye and you're there.

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Market at Köyceğiz still has that authentic feel to it that I love so much in Turkey. You will find everything that you need - from pots and pans and tools to bed linen and fresh food. There is river boat service available for this Monday market from Dalyan.

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Watersports or Crab-fishing for the kids? A lazy beach chair with a cold drink, or space enough to play soccer? Its all possible on Ekincik beach on the lake in Köyceğiz, Turkey at the end of the road along the docks with all the restaurants.

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In our search of little known Lycian Rock Tombs we not only found more Lycian Rock Tombs than we could imagine, but an old fountain carved out of stone. By Çandır in the Dalyan area you can find more than 100 tombs.

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Every time I see a tinner at work I am fascinated by the process. A copper tin-layered pan is something special where I come from. And here you take your pick and they tin it on the spot for a small price. He is in Hamitköy just outsite Köyceğiz

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Hiking with Mountains and Seas Travel. This time we headed for the mountains, where it's a lot cooler than down in Dalyan. I'm not sure if you can call this a hike but it sure was great fun to go with Sonja.

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Day two of our three day adventure was completely different from day one. The forest seemed greener and had a thick undergrowth. It was a big uphill climb at first, but enough level stretches to give us the breaks we needed.

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A challenging hike around Kocagöl near Dalaman with great scenic viewpoints. This trail is not marked yet, but will be soon. Hiking in Mugla is the absolute best. Check out The ECOtrails of Caria & Lycia Facebook page for more info.

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From the normal mountain road a glimpse of a building could be seen. It turned out to be a restaurant in the making. I just had no clue how to get to it. So it was a time to go on a search mission. It turned out to be a great three hour hike.

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A beautiful hike that is part of section N6 of the ECOtrails. A true mountain hike up in the mountains behind Göcek, Turkey. Packed with stunning views and mountain streams and a waterfall.

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This winter has been one of the wettest ones in a long time here. It started raining in late November and did not stop until some time in late January of 2019. The water so saturated the soil that it started to run off like crazy.

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Once a year the villagers in Çandır are allowed to go into the forest to select a dead tree to remove for firewood. They only have three days to get what they need, so it becomes a truely frenzied spectacle.

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For the past three years Murat Demirci has hiked and cycled extensively to map out trails all over the providence of Mugla and on October 14, 2018 they officially opened

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When the tourist season comes to an end and the weather cools down it is a great time for walking on Iztuzu Beach. Ellis and Timo enjoy a day at the beach with no one else anywhere in sight.

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Starting in Çandır, the village we live in, up over the mountain to a small hidden beach that just has become more accessible since they bulldozed a new road to it.


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We had done the concrete pour for the extended front porch and now it was time to lay some ceramic tiles. We then coud sit out front on the porch at our home in Turkey and enjoy the garden during both winter and summer.

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Ellis joined Sonja and a group of women she guides weekly on hikes in the area. The went from Çandır to Sultaniye Hotsprings this side of Köyceğiz over a mountain trail that is part of Sonja's husbands trail mapping project.

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We used natural mountain stone for the patio floor outside the kitchen and continued with these same heavy stones to create pathways around the garden through the different garden areas and to line the drainage canal.

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We had poured the cement for the front porch with much needed help from friends Gez and Karel from Dalyan, we had done the ceramic tiling and now it was time to build the wooden frame for the roof.

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Ellis shows how to make a German curried tomato ketchup that has a delicious tangy spicy taste. When your neighbor grows tomatoes commercially and sells them to you for so little you can buy many.

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Capers grow in many areas and are usually found on rocky roadsides and other similar locations. Putting up your own little jars of capers will provide your kitchen with jars and jars of these for salads and pastas.


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Our neighbor Efrahim replaced his roof with steel framing, so we bought the old timbers from him for very little. We removed thousands of nails and built a workshop and a chicken coop.

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In the narrower parts of the road one vehicle must reverse in order to return to a wider spot to allow the other vehicle to pass. From Canon City, it goes over the mountains to Victor and Cripple Creek - 12,000 feet in elevation.

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Take a drive from the county highway onto the road to the ranch in Texas and arrive at the bunkhouse. This is what might be thought of as an incredibly long driveway. Want to live in privacy? - this is the way to do it.

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The first day was more than fantastic! Magical views and great rock formations while you slowly leave fast living behind you. Just the thought of walking over a path that is so old makes it a special and very enjoyable experience.

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If you do not like walking in groups or with a guide than this is one of the few great hikes you can do on your own. From Dalyan take the early bus to Kisla, walk to the beach and take the minibus back. As you can see in the video there are a few risky moments.

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I say the road is an accident waiting to happen, others say its perfectly safe. So I filmed it and you can judge for yourself. Please let me know what you think? Kargicak beach is one of the beaches close to Iztuzu beach Dalyan.

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Nothing as relaxing as driving out to a beautiful setting to have a traditional Turkish Breakfast. Today we are in our own village of Çandır, because it is one of the best places in the area to start your day. So, come to breakfast with us.

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Köyceğiz has been improving immensely over the years and even the little beach at the end of the boulevard is getting better. Great place for a swim and a drink or a bite to eat afterwards. No tourist prices there, that's for sure.

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At the beginning of the ECOtrails, this hike is a great one for lovers of Amber trees and rivers. Make sure to bring water shoes for the many water crossings. This trek is especially suitable for the warmer months.

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Waking up with the sound of waves on a pebble beach is pure magic. Revived after a long night sleep we take off for the journey home. The final day camping is the leg from Ekincik- Candir section C4 of the ECOtrails.

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Once a year a coppersmith will come to the village to re-tin pans. Everybody flogs around them and has their traditional pans, that they use over an open wood fire, re-tinned. It made for a great opportunity to see them at work.

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The GoPro7 Action Camera is all you need. The stabilization is awesome and it can do all you need to document your walks, hikes or other outdoor video needs. It will go with us at all times, you can count on that.

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Our Grapefruit tree was loaded with fruit, so we decided to make a concentrate that we could freeze in small containers to make cool refreshing drinks during the warmer weather this coming spring and summer. Let's see how it is done.

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The river and beach cleanup volunteers come across some strange rubbish floating in the water and everyone has a good laugh about it. From coffee tables to inflateable sex toy dolls - they've seen it all one time or another.

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The hike from Kişla to Aşi Bay on the EcoTrails of Caria and Lycia is a must do hike from the village of Kişla in the mountains behind Iztuzu beach to Aşi Bay on the Mediterranean Sea full of spectacular scenery.

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This marked hiking trail from the ECOtrails gives the best views in the Candır area. The marks start and end at the Dalyan rowboats. You can use the ECOTrails app to help you along the way.

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Part of the ECOtrails system is this hike from near the boat docks across the river from Dalyan up and over the mountain on which the Kings Tombs lie to Sultaniye Hot Springs and Mud Bath.

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The ancient city of Kaunos was a major seaport on the south coast of Turkey and the people of Kaunos devised a group of salt pans to collect salt from the sea water that washed the shores at Iztuzu Beach to export.

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Ellis loaded Timo into the crate on her motorbike and headed off to the beach in Ekincik which is about a 40 minute drive from our house in Turkey through spectacular mountain scenery. Timo loves going on the motorbike.

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When Ellis's sister arrived from Holland they decided to camp out a location that was known as Jimmy's Beach on Köyceğiz Lake. It is now called Akdeniz Camping and serves BBQ and other foods and drinks on site.

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Most everyone takes their car to go grocery shopping, but often we get on a boat that crosses Köyceğiz Lake to the town of the same name to go to their weekly outdoor market. It is an amazing way of doing the weekly shopping.

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We live in a small village house in Turkey by the sea. We had a shell of walls, roof, and doors/windows put up then finished the rest ourselves. It is a traditional village house with modern amenities.

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A fast search on Amazon shows a small 4 ounce bottle of St. Johns Wort Red oil costing 29.95 you may want to make larger amounts for yourself for practically nothing - Ellis can show you how.

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If you have access to lots of lemons watch this video for a great way to save fresh lemon juice for making tasty cold lemonaide all summer long - even after all the trees are bare of fruit.

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We tried a method of making our own frozen yogurt from a recipe on the internet. After going through all the steps as outlined in the recipe and leaving it in the freezer for hours, the result was a disaster.

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It's real fun to learn how to weave with newspapers. Baskets are not all that can be made. Using the same fundamentals making nice decorative lampshades are easy and cost almost nothing. Good rainy day projects.

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Dalyan womens hiking group walking in the mountains at Yuvarlakçay trying to figure out how they are going to cross this one?. Eating at fish restaurants on the river makes this area a favorite.

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Start the day at Faralya you will reach Kabak in a few hours. If you do not want to lay on the beach or hang out in Kabak all afternoon you can press on to Alinca. It will make for a beautiful, but long day going uphill with an epic sunset at the end.

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If you ever want your kids to have this great experience while they are in the Dalyan area, contact Sonja Grau from Mountains and Seas Travel at 05336175180. Or book this daytrip via the Mountains and Seas Facebook page.


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The prickly pear cactus fruit and jalapeno pepper jam turned out quite nice. Just the right amount of hot pepper tang to allow the cactus flavor to come through. A great jam for topping off soft cheese spread on a cracker.

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Can kids handle a sea kayak? Sonja needed a extra hand just for safety reasons. The group was small, so a perfect time to show you just how fantastic a sea-kayaking course for kids can be.

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Many people know capers but not everyone is familiar with the caper fruits. The light mustard-like flavor in combination with the vinegar makes it a great addition to pizzas and salads - and preserving them is easy.

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If you are looking for a certain spot with a distinct view, you can come across great finds in the process, but still not find what you were looking for. I still haven't found what I was looking for but sure am having a great time trying

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A great rocky hike with spectacular views over the bays of Göcek. Its not marked yet, so check the EcoTrails app for further details. Go to Mountains and Seas Travel on Facebook for upcoming events .

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Our new neighbor does wonders with wood-turnings in a tiny shop that is no bigger than the average bathroom. It shows that one only need the will and a few tools to create beautiful works in wood.

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On my daily walk I kept finding plastic marker ribbons in trees. So I went on a crusade to understand why and to remove them all. As more and more people discover Candir, they are marking walks with plastic, but it is not the way.

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On one of the best viewpoints was strewn with a load of garbage. Bottles, bags, tins and other rubbish. To make a point I set out to clean it up, but it was gone! So here is a big thumbs up for the Belediye who cleaned it up.

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Every year this otherwise normal meadow transforms into a ocean of Lax Flowered Orchids. The overwhelming expression of color is noticeable from way up on top of the mountain - the way I found it years ago in the first place.

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Spring is in full swing. Time to enjoy it with a hike along fields, mountains and some cracking old village houses. Following a trail along the base of a mountain in a rural area where glimpses of traditional rural village life can be enjoyed...

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The hot springs of Sultaniye in the winter are a completely different experience. If you do not like the loud tourists around you, then Sultaniye is the place to visit.


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As we become more aware of the need to properly dispose of rubbish, the blight its presence causes in nature is more and more obvious. It is a problem reaching epic proportions and is a threat to us all.

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November is the time of year that the pomegranates are ready for harvest. There is special way of cleaning them in order to extract the juice. Then it's time to make a delicious wine as well as freeze some juice for winter.

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A Dutch friend of ours from Dalyan was kind enough to paint a mural on the front wall of our house of a traditional village woman baking bread. Jose van Schellen is talented artist who lives here part-time.

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The Dalyan Riverbums are a volunteer group that goes out on one of the riverboats to the beach or into the delta every Thursday to clean up the river or rubbish left behind on Iztuzu Beach.

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Kaptan June Haimoff sailed to Iztuzu Beach decades ago and eventually was responsible for having the Turkish government make the beach an environmental safe site for loggerhead turtles.

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While our home was being built we rented a house in the Arık Başı area of Dalyan from a Turkish family. The wife was named Sezer - a very delightful little woman that was always cooking something delicious in her outdoor kitchen.

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After having recieved a jar of Zeytinyagli Zahter from a Turkish friend I decided to see if I could make it myself from our own garden herbs and first press / cold press olive oil from our olive trees.

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Our neighbor sells tomatoes commercially and so sells us cratefuls of these incredibly delicious Turkish tomatoes for almost nothing. So Ellis dries enough in the sun to last all winter.

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Ellis shows the steps to follow in doing decorative mosaic wall decoration on the edge of the front porch of our home. She has done quite a few large mosaics and has given mosaic workshops.


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If you enjoy a good hot, but tasty hotsauce then why not make your own. Watch this video for the basics and make substitutions with pepper types and spices. You decide how spicy or hot you would like it to be. Bon Appetit...

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Peanut Butter in Turkey can be an illusive commodity and when imported an expensive one. But, it is rediculousely easy to make your own peanut butter at home at a fraction of the cost.


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