How I Spent My Days in Nice – A Full Day in Vieux Ville

I spent six amazing days in Nice, a city which is located in the Southern France. Nice is the second-largest city in the Cote D’Azur region after Marseille. It is famous for its very special colored sea (Azur blue), cuisine and colorful night life. I really recommend everyone who have not been there to go in earliest possibility -in summer for sure- and would like to share my highlights of the city to inspire you for your trip to Nice.

Morning:

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Walking the Old Town, observing colorful vintage buildings

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Morning-Noon:

Arriving the seaside

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Selecting the best beach (Now I can say Castel and Beau Rivage are the bests without hesitation) and swimming for hours in this astonishing colored sea

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Afternoon:

Explore the city in and out

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Easiest way is to look at the city from the Castle Hill. There is also a very pleasant park on top.

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Shopping in the street bazaar

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Must do: Buy cheap wine

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Evening:

Getting dressed and going outside to eat something good (checking Tripadvisor for the best rated restaurants)

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Night:

Dancing at High Club :)

Have you ever been to Nice? If you did, how your days passed? Feel free to leave a comment !

Amsterdam, here we are again!

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Amsterdam, here we are again!

As a graduation present, Husnu Ozyegin -the head of boarder trustees of Ozyegin University- sent a selection of students (30 students) to Amsterdam. Luckily, I was one of them. Thus I had chance to see Amsterdam in summer. That makes a huge difference, I should say. This time I definitely enjoyed my time in Netherlands more because the weather was not freezing as it was when I was there couple of months ago; it was sunny and warm, but still not sweltry.

Here is the second blog post about Amsterdam. (You can see the first post about Amsterdam here: Amsterdam) No need to talk, hope you will enjoy the photo album! :)

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We also visited Volendam and Zaanse Schans, nearby touristic towns.

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See you on the next post about my travel to the Southern France! <3

Kekova

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Finally I am graduated from the university. And life is full of miracles that I had received offer from my dream company before my graduation date. Soon after I realized this summer is my last chance to make a long holiday -at least for a long time. I decided to take the opportunity to its fullest.

Taking the holiday opportunity to its fullest can mean different things for everyone. For me it is fun and peace at the same time, since I want to celebrate my graduation with the loved ones but also I need some time alone burying my feet to sand, feeling the warmness of the sun, reading a good book and swimming when I feel hot. Also I love travelling and exploring beautiful places. So, these are simply what I am doing this summer.

My first route was Kalkan-Kas. I believe the most amazing part of my week in Kalkan was a boat trip to Kekova (also named Caravola). It is one of the to-do’s if you stay in Kalkan-Kas area. Kekova is a beautiful ancient island. Let’s see its beauty together…

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Hello Amsterdam tulips!

Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. While generally it is well known for its coffee shops and cheap thrills, the city consists much more than these (well at least from my point of view:)).

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I believe Amsterdam’s trademarks are canals and the cute old narrow apartments nearby. And do you know why the apartments are generally very narrow in Amsterdam? That is because the tax was based on how wide your house was. A funny fact isn’t it?

In my first day in Amsterdam I participated to a free walking tour, and I highly recommend you to join free walking tours in any new city you go to, since they give you the quickest understanding of the city and its history, and you only pay what you want! You can even meet with other travelers and get inspired by their travel plans.

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The colorful locks hanged on the bridge pole symbolize everlasting relationships. So, it is believed that if you and your lover hang a lock there, your lives clamped together and your relationship last forever.

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It is widely known that the Dutch make great cheese and Reypenaer is an extremely good example of it. The specialty of Reypenaer is its maturation method. Cheeses are matured with the old and natural way, which takes longer but brings greater taste and texture. The maturation takes place in a 100 years old warehouse in Woerden.

One of my best experiences –or maybe even the best- was cheese tasting at Reypenear workshop. I highly recommend it to those who are planning a trip to Amsterdam.DSC_0183 DSC_0187

That was the workshop class, equipped with the necessary items: different kinds of cheeses and lots of wine!

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Here I am at Madam Tussaud, with my friend ET!

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Really? Yes, shockingly real.

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Life was easier with our cool beanies in Amsterdam :) The weather was so cold and I can say that they were saviors.

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Vondelpark is the city’s most famous park. Taking a walk along the park is another must do for an Amsterdam trip.

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An alley with full of art.

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The Amsterdam Dungeon is a scary journey into 500 years of Amsterdam’s horrible history. It is a live actor show and teaches you that fear can be a funny thing. It was a little bit childish but I must admit that I really enjoyed it. Not to mention that I was founded as witch by the actors and was burned!

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Magnum pleasure store. There were so many tasty topping options for covering the original magnum mm :)

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Van Gogh Museum

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Last but not least, I highly recommend Amsterdam trip planners to add these to their agenda:

-Eating burger at Lombardo’s

-Night cruise

-Doing brunch at Greenwoods

-Watching sex show at Casa Rossa

See you on the next post!

Key to Happiness

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I have realized that the key to happiness is to live a meaningful life.

Sometimes we feel lost. We do certain things but do not know the reason we do them or if we enjoy doing them at all. That prevent us to feel alive. When we lose ourselves in the daily routine of life, the meaning get lost.

To have a more meaningful life, I’ve found a simple to-do list that everyone can do:

-Sparing at least 15 minutes everyday to talk with yourself or write a diary
-Setting own moral and beliefs clearly and ensure living regarding to them
-Spending quality time with beloved ones, which means being at the moment while being with them

And sometimes you need to take a step back and have couple of days off!

As I did the last weekend.. Here you see some shots from my weekend holiday in Urla ☺

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On Saturday the weather was so nice, just my luck!

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I met a very snappy and restless dog there.

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And he knows how to look cute and make a hit with people!

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With Deniz, we went out for a spin and enjoyed the weather.

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For brunch we arrived to Messt, which is the best brunch place ever, believe me!

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Yeah, we were happy.

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Then we went for a walk along the seaside.

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We sat at Denizalti café & restaurant by sea and enjoyed our beers.

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I have no pictures from the night but we went to a raki & fish restaurant and ate delicious appetizers and fishery products there. Wish all my days were like that! The second day of the holiday was no worse, but it is another post content :)

I want to end the post with a poem I found very beautiful:

True Joy

I’ll be happy once I’ve done this certain thing.
We all say this often not realizing what it brings.
We look only to the future for our happiness.
Letting life slip through our fingers in its fullness.
Will we really feel complete when the task is done,
or look back and see how we missed so much fun?

M. Jolynn Rawson-Hunt

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/true-joy#ixzz3RXWX1KMN

See you on the next post!
Naecus

My 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my Blog !

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

X-Culture Symposium – Louis Vuitton Challenge

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I was in Miami last week to attend to a symposium and compete in a business competition. I am amazed by the beauty and crazy aura of the city and my experience contributed a lot to my self-development -and CV :) .

Thanks to International Business lecture I attended the last semester, I met  with the X-Culture organization, which brings students from 80 universities all around the world and businesses together. We did a consulting project for one of the corporate partners of X-Culture, as a cross-cultural team and experienced virtual teamwork. As a result, our project is selected from one of the bests. The reward was the application opportunity to X-Culture symposium and Louis Vuitton Challenge, a global business competition sponsored by Louis Vuitton, which will be part of Academy of International Business-Southeast USA Annual Conference in Miami, is given to us. There was a limit of 40 people. I applied immediately, being excited, and after a month had the great news that I am selected. There were only 3 people selected from Turkey, two is from Ozyegin University Undergraduate and one from Koc University Graduate School. The other person from my university was my boyfriend, what a chance huh? :)

Louis Vuitton Challenge subjects and our teams were shared. My team consisted of 5 students: 2 students from USA, one from Colombia and Dubai, and me from Turkey. We chose the subject of “How to enhance Louis Vuitton store experience for clients?” and worked one month virtually on our project.

Okay, too much background information, let’s come to the point where I came to Miami :)

I arrived Miami earlier than the symposium date to give myself time to explore the city. First day passed with enjoying my time in South Beach, swimming and seeing around and the second with cycling on Key Biscayne Island and swimming again.

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Miami Beach welcomes you warmly.

 

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Way to the Miami beach.

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Cycling in Key Biscayne Island.

 

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Lighthouse Grounds, Key Biscayne

 

The next day I visited the Dolphin Mall, the best outlet of Miami, and spent all day shopping. Actually I was not planning to spend all my day in a shopping mall when I was in Miami however it was worth to spend, since there were factory stores of the upscale brands with more than 50% off that I could never ever find in Turkey :)

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Other day, my project team members arrived to Miami and we went to Louis Vuitton store in Aventura mall and made an in-store observation and also an interview with Operation Manager in store. That gave us great insights and we worked on our project rest of the night.

X-Culture organization started on 23th of October. We met with Louis Vuitton Americas executives, had a presentation session, which they provided further information about their organization and career opportunities. After the presentation, we asked the questions we had to fully understand their needs and use it in our consulting reports. It was a great opportunity to meet them and have a conversation with them. And they were so friendly.

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While Fabiane Rouille, Caribbean Area Director of Louis Vuitton, presenting the brand

 

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Q&A session after the presentation.

 

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Photo of all X-Culture participants and academic advisors

 

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Two teammates, Brandon from New Jersey and Sally from Miami, and me

 

On 25th, there was CEO panel session in which we met the leaders of Miami-based corporations and they shared their experiences and words of wisdom with us. Participants were Andrew Yap, CEO and President of Leasa Industries, Natalie Baro, President of Michelsen Advertising, Sue Romanos, CEO and President of CareerXchange and the Chair of the panel was Danette Gosset, CEO and President of Gosset Marketing.

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CEOs at CEO Panel

 

All those events held in Conrad or Florida International University, which are on Brickell Avenue. Here are the photos of the Brickell Avenue that is very central, full of skyscrapers and palm trees.

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On 25th, the last day at night there was a Gala for all X-Culture and Academy of International Business-Southeast USA Annual Conference participants including free dinner and drinks J It was a great opportunity to network with International Business students, professors and professionals. The winners of the Louis Vuitton Challenge also announced in the gala, which was not my team unfortunately, and we all got our certificates.

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Bunch of X-Culture participants in Gala, including Vas Taras, X-Culture Project Director and Peter Magnusson, Conference Chair of  Academy of International Business Southeast.

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Me and Deniz

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The Louis Vuitton Challenge was a lifetime experience for me since I met with so many people –and executives- from different countries, saw a new city and a new culture and also made an international virtual project that includes several primary and secondary research studies.

Finally, I want to thank to Ozyegin University, who supported me and gave me the travel and accommodation scholarship. I would not know about this wonderful organization and participated to it without their guidance and support.

 

See you in the next post and the next post will be “Miami Must Do’s” :)

Naecus