I am completely out of action on the cooking front due to my foot which is still in plaster. So far almost two and a half weeks have passed and I am doing just fine but am feeling a bit restless on the blogging front.
But as some of you already know, I have got into pinterest which is an amazing sharing site: you not only pin your own pics but you share related ones from other pinboards. I have to say, I am hooked. I really recommend it.
Soooo… I have been in and out of my own photos and am really enjoying it. In the process, I have rediscovered my pics from exactly this time last year.
We were in our house in Assos, the amazing 4th century BC village overlooking the Greek island of Lesbos.When we are there, one of the things we enjoy doing from time to time, is driving down the coast to this charming little town of
When we are there, one of the things we enjoy doing from time to time, is driving down the coast to this charming little town of Ayvalık, not to be confused with Ayvacık which is near us and not Greek at all, for lunch.
Ayvalık was Greek. Sadly the original population was lost in the population exchanges of the early 20th Century when Turkey was seeking to forge its own identity. The Greeks were replaced by Moslems from Crete in 1923.
I have a Turkish friend, Neyran, whose very own mother was one of these Cretan Turks. Of course she was a little girl at the time. I just love hearing Neyran‘s stories related to this fascinating period of history.
Just off the coastline of Ayvalık is the island of Cunda – pronounced Junda – otherwise known as Alibey Adası/ Alibey’s Island. In Greek it, including the other small islands surrounding it, was known as Heccatonnesi.
Now it’s linked to Ayvalık by a causeway and is extremely popular with the Istanbul and Izmir summer crowds. But it still retains its considerable charm: it’s famous for its olive oil and for its cuisine.
It’s said that the best fish meals in Turkey can be found on the island of Cunda.
I don’t dispute this at all as in our experience they are excellent especially with the amazing variety of meze!
We not only love the meals but the architecture too. The old stone houses on Cunda are just charming and many have been beautifully restored.
When you go, you are so tempted to buy one and live the dream! Many of them are boutique hotels or pansiyons, or are just available for rent by the day or week.
The atmosphere is very special. Go on a summer’s evening, have your dinner at any of the wonderful waterside restaurants, then stroll around the enticing little streets, buy a souvenir or two, have another drink, visit the old Greek churches.You can also find numerous crafts stalls along the water front so enjoy those as well.
You can also find numerous crafts stalls along the water front so enjoy those as well.
So that particular day last summer, TT and I, Daughter No2 plus little Eva, decided to spend the day on the island of Cunda.
We had lunch at Bay Nihat’s/Mr Nihat’s, right on the water’s edge – we knew it from before – and as always, it came up trumps.