Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Next Stop- Xinaliq

This summer we also got to see Xinaliq. Another big dream came true:)Xinaliq is the highest and most remote village in Azerbaijan. It is located in Quba. It took us around two hours to get to Xinaliq from Quba center. On the way, we met such a cute children. In fact, I asked one beautiful girl if I could take her picture. She said "give me one manat." This made our day:) Here are the pictures. 

On the way to Xinaliq

This is the girl who asked for one manat:)


I am actually sitting on someone's roof:)


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

E Senin Gozuu yeyim:)Sheki, Qebele

My long time wish was to visit Sheki and Qebele. This year we finally made it happen. I really really enjoyed Sheki the most. Because of its antiquity.  It is really not that hard to take notice how ancient the city really is. The landscape of the city says it all. People are so kind and welcoming. For two hours we were looking for "Piti" (Sheki's famous dish) and couldn't find it anywhere. Finally, a young man made many calls and we got our Piti:) Sheki is also famous for its silk. Thus, I got to shop for Kelayagi:) I always wanted one. The highlight of our trip was the afternoon tea we had in Karvansaray that included delicious Sheki Halvasi and mugham in the background:)Definitely going back to Sheki before winter sets in!
Qebele on the other hand is more commercialized and obviously has been attracting lots of investments in recent years. You can see this from grandiose hotels and theme parks. 

Ismayilli- Xan Bagi

Qabaland- Qabala

Famous Karvansaray

Famous Kelayagi:)

Xan Chinari that protected  Xan Sarayi from the sun

Beautiful handwork within Xan Sarayi- cameras weren't allowed

Xan Sarayi- Summer Villa

Shopping for the perfect kelayagi..

This is famous Piti- (found this picture online)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blue skies, Turquoise waters, that is Kas!

This summer one of the places I got to see was Kas. I spent the entire year looking at mesmerizing photos of Kas. Kas is located within Antalya  Province. To be exact, it is  three to four hours of car ride from Antalya International Airport. Since it is far from the mainland, not many tourists have discovered yet the wonders of Kas. I must say it was worth the wait. We were fortunate enough to stay in Lukka Boutique Hotel at Kas Peninsula that is 10 to 15 min taxi ride from the town. Turkish hospitality is always over the top. Staff at the hotel was no different. These photos really allow us to relive sweet moments over and over again.  

                               View of Greek Island of Meis  from our room..


Kas town. 

Paragliding in Kas

on the way to see Kekova Sunken City

The famous Sunken City

enjoying delicious Turkish coffee

our picture perfect hotel..