One of the highlights of our family's visit to Turkey this year is the trip from Istanbul to a certain municipality at the coast of north-eastern Aegean Region. The long hours of land travel plus boat transfer were all worth it. Besides, as much as I love Istanbul and its busy streets mainly because of food and shopping, it is really more than a treat to be able to escape the crowded city, the traffic and all that, then see the countryside where there are world-famous heritage sites, beaches, and other tourist spots.
The roads are long, sometimes lonely, most of the time alluring with its beauty. I wish I was able to take more pictures specially during boat transfer, but my baby daughter was too clingy. Thus, taking a decent photos was very hard. Most of the shots were blurry that I had to erase them.
I shared selected photos in my Instagram account. I bet you can recognize them if you follow both my IG and my blog at the same time. This one was taken somewhere along our way to Edremit in Balikesir Province.
We stopped by at this restaurant in Susurluk to have our late lunch. This place, Kofteci Yusuf, is famous for its mouth-watering grilled Turkish meatballs. You can tell by the full parking lot alone that they serve good food. I believe, they have branches spread all over Turkey. So, if you happen to be visiting Turkey, I suggest you guys put this restaurant in your itinerary.
Since Susurluk is known for frothy ayran, my elder daughter just had to try it. By the way, to those who are not familiar with Turkish cuisine, ayran is a cold yogurt drink made by combining water, yogurt and salt. It is commonly served in restaurants anywhere in Turkey.
Dyarann.. this is the meatballs I'm talking about. You probably noticed by now that it is not actually shaped like balls. Turkish meatballs are either elongated or flat patties. So far, this is the second best Turkish meatballs that I ever tasted. The first one was in a family restaurant somewhere in Manisa. I previously blogged about it HERE.
After some our lunch break, some chit chat and looking around, off we drove again to our last destination. Here in the collage is my elder daughter (with MIL peeking), my little one saying 'hi' to the camera while breastfeeding, and my camera-shy BIL covering his face while driving.
I know, I'm sorry it's been a while since my last update. Honestly, I have been planning to write a series about our Turkish trip. I just find it hard to squeeze some blogging time these days. Anyhow, I will try to manage my schedule and finish each draft then post it live. Till the next?