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Looking for spring in Bodrum

Looking for spring in Bodrum

Obviously, we all were tired of this neverending winter, loads of office work and killing routine.
In Estonia it can take nervewrackingly long time until spring shows its warm and sunny face. Especially this year. Though we hadn´t much snow this winter , we´ve had „lousy ski-weather“ with slush, rain and cold winds until April… But enough of this. Bygone! Some e-mails whizzed between Estonia and Turkey and…

Bodrum-Turkey,  photos by Kaire Raiend

Bodrum-Turkey, photos by Kaire Raiend

Two dear friends of mine, Kaire and Iiris, me and two of my children took off to Bodrum at the end of March.
Why Bodrum?! In March?!
The reason is that we have a secret garden there… Let´s say – we simply do some gardening there before gardening time starts in Estonia. The secret place is Hotel Gülec http://www.hotelgulec.com/indexeng.htm and we enjoy every minute being there, planting and „re-organizing“ flowers in the garden. We help to tidy and decorate this garden before the season start in Bodrum. To be honest, garden is the gem of this pansion. Just a thought of breakfast served in the sunny garden under tangerine trees and bougainvilleas… In March apricot is in blossom, yellow plump lemons ready to be picked, geraniums showing their shy buds…

Bodrum-Turkey,  photos by Kaire Raiend

Bodrum-Turkey, photos by Kaire Raiend

Choosing new plants, haggling with the market seller… then carrying „home“ selected goods, thinking where to plant all these beauties, how to group the colors. Have a cup of tea. Or two J All that stuff, you know.

Off-season time in Bodrum is just perfect for us – no tourist-stress, calm and laid-back atmosphere. Already it is possible to sit at the seaside (with a cup of warming sahlep). No, we wouldn´t recommend swimming in March… too cold. We´d suggest a visit to a hamam instead (its just across the street from the bus station). Eateries are not crowded. One can see more of local people´s life. Continue reading