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MY LITTLE PARIS IN THE MIDDLE OF BATUMI


It may look like I'm in Paris but this is actually a cafe with a sea view in the old center of Batumi. If you are following me on my Instagram (if not, you totally should) you have probably seen that I and my husband went on a road trip to the northeast part of Turkey at the beginning of October. It was a trip that we have planned for years but never had the time for. Since we were so close to the border with Georgia we decided to explore one of the touristic cities situated on the Black Sea coast. I had no idea that I would love Batumi as much as I did.
On the first day of our trip, while we were discovering the city, I noticed the cute little cafe next to the harbor. I instantly knew I had to take some photos there. The next morning we visited the flowers market first and I bought the beautiful bouquet you see in my pictures from the sweetest old lady. She probably brought the flowers from her own garden, which made me adore them even more.  Carrying the beautiful bouquet in my hands we headed to the cafe. Needless to say that this is one of my favorite photoshoots lately. I hope you enjoy it!


The Public Cafe
12 Gogebashvili St, Batumi, Georgia



PRINCES' ISLANDS - ONE DAY GETAWAY FROM ISTANBUL


I t was a hot summer day when I and my mom decided to head to the Princes' Islands. They are the closest ones to Istanbul and the ferry pier is actually in our neighborhood. Our plans were toget to Buyukada, which is the biggest of them all and the most popular of course. Needless to say, life is about making plans from which you deviate, almost always. In our case, we got off on the wrong island. Minutes after we stepped on the ground, I realized that it was not actually Buyukada, but Heybeliada, one of the other Princes' Islands. It was already too late to get on the ferry again, so we decided to continue exploring this place instead. It was not a bad decision at all, you can see it from the pictures below. Enjoy!


HIDDEN GEM IN THE GRAND BAZAAR


" Art is something that liberates your soul"
                                             Keith Haring

That is exactly how I felt after entering this beautiful cafe - liberated. There was something magical in the air, maybe it was the smell of the upcoming rainstorm. I can't really describe it...
The original idea was to visit the rooftop of Buyuk Valide Han. You have probably seen at least one Hollywood movie shot there - one of the recent ones are The James Bond movie Skyfall and Taken 2. Unfortunately, the government officially closed the access to the rooftop, which became very popular in the last few years thanks to Instagram. Being built in the 17th century, it was clearly not the safest place to climb on, and maybe closing it was not that a bad thing. Anyway, we were happy to find this beautiful cozy cafe instead. The room where the photos are taken belonged to Sultan Murad IV's mother and the Ottoman building accommodated thousands of traveling merchants and their animals for more than 350 years. 
If you are planning to visit the cafe, you should know that it's not only instagrammable, but also serves the best homemade lemonade that I have tried in Istanbul. Plus you get free chocolate cookies with it. I will be surely going back soon.





HOW TO WEAR CAMISOLE SLIP DRESS IN WINTER


D
o you ever borrow clothes from your husband's/bf's closet? Let me tell you a secret, I do it very often. This time I was even sure that I will be wearing his sweater from the minute we have bought it in the store (that's why I insisted we bring it to Rome with us). Velvet camisole dress could be very challenging to wear in winter, but pair it with a simple sweater like mine and you won't have to worry about getting cold.

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