I love the Turkish phrase of “a single cup of coffee can create friendship that lasts forever” (bir kahvenin kırk yıl hatırı vardır).
I visited my friend Eren at her hidden paradise in Bodrum this summer and had one of my most tasteful Turkish coffee ceremony at her house. I must say she deserved the Turkish saying by her welcoming and highbrow attitude. Here she not only cooked the coffee but created a scene and taste which will make me remember at least for 40 years. So I captured this nice frame of a wonderful day I spend with her and sister Arzu at their place in hidden paradise.
As soon as you see the lush photos of a tropical scenery at Eren’ s summer house, you will understand what I mean by “paradise”. The architecture of stone houses in the complex dovetails perfectly with the surrounding of wild greenery and vegetation. The color and texture of natural local stone of Bodrum used in these houses coordinates so well by the landscape the buildings never ever dominates in the whole scenario and that makes me feel this place is an oasis. The stone houses also reminds me the cave houses by their rocky nest feeling. That is kind of place made by man to live a life gifted by nature I would call.
Here is the hidden stone house next to huge banana tree
To relax and enjoy a hot summer day by the shadows of the lemon and banana trees is a life time experience which sticks in mind! I m thinking why as human beings are we forcing ourselves to live away from all these natural beauty??? Why are we just keep killing the wild beauty of nature around us and shut ourselves up into cells which we call apartment buildings? To live surrounded by the cement is not in our nature. Being here in the hidden paradise, I want to shout out that we have to live in the nature that where we belong to! Yes a good life is possible there we shall not be doomed by the rules of the old house metropolitan regularities. We need fresh air, we need green, we need aesthetics and we deserve to live in paradise. Don’ t you agree?
Here do you see an interesting contrast in this picture on top of the hills? The white box-like buildings are belong to famous Turkish architecture Eren Talu.
close up photo
The huge cactus is one of the main member of the Bodrum habitat. I love their sculpture-like artistic posture and ability of holding huge water reserve to protect themselves from dry weather conditions.
This Cacti looks like happy with its place by its large structure and bright colors.
I say, I walked into the paradise and wished to our kind to remember the pleasant natural beauties at all times and not to forget to urge of creating livable spaces and habitats for humansake. Please join my prayers!
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