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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Amsterdam

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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