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Posted on Dec 10, 2014 |

Red Basilica Hotel & Restaurant & One Hysterical Fall- Bergama, Turkey- SmallHotels.com.tr

Red Basilica Hotel & Restaurant & One Hysterical Fall- Bergama, Turkey- SmallHotels.com.tr

All of this learning magic was made possible because of Fatih at The Red Basilica Hotel who was kind enough to host us for two nights and Izim at SmallHotels.com.tr who was insane enough to coordinate for us a 5-week tour with the Small Hotels across Turkey. We could never say thank you enough to those who believe in us enough to say, “Yes, come, child. I will invest in your dream,” and to Fatih for believing that man is man (regardless of the flag and what governments try to teach us) and that love is love (regardless of where you come from). Fatih, as a retired international basketball referee who had visited Israel many times, reignited in us a passion for sports which we converted into buying a skateboard and soccer ball in Bergama and using with great family passion. YOu can find them on Facebook here and see our arrival Facebook album here. Should you come to Bergama, we truly hope you stay at the Red Basilica Hotel with...

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Posted on Dec 3, 2014 |

First Turkish Breakfast at our Cafe -SmallHotels.com.tr, Red Basilica Cafe & Otel, Bergama, Turkey

First Turkish Breakfast at our Cafe -SmallHotels.com.tr, Red Basilica Cafe & Otel, Bergama, Turkey

All of this learning magic was made possible because of Fatih at The Red Basilica Hotel who was kind enough to host us for two nights and Izim at SmallHotels.com.tr who was insane enough to coordinate for us a 5-week tour with the Small Hotels across Turkey. We could never say thank you enough to those who believe in us enough to say, “Yes, come, child. I will invest in your dream,” and to Fatih for believing that man is man (regardless of the flag and what governments try to teach us) and that love is love (regardless of where you come from). Fatih, as a retired international basketball referee who had visited Israel many times, reignited in us a passion for sports which we converted into buying a skateboard and soccer ball in Bergama and using with great family passion. YOu can find them on Facebook here and see our arrival Facebook album here. Should you come to Bergama, we truly hope you stay at the Red Basilica Hotel with...

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Posted on Dec 1, 2014 |

First Arrivals, Ayvalik Toasts, & Turkish Survivor- Macaron Konagi Otel, SmallHotels.com.tr, Ayvalik, Turkey

First Arrivals, Ayvalik Toasts, & Turkish Survivor- Macaron Konagi Otel, SmallHotels.com.tr, Ayvalik, Turkey

The sun always shines when new love wraps itself around your soul. For the third time this morning, the sweet woman here at Cumbali Konak Otel in Alacati, Turkey is adjusting the cushions of the outside sofas just so in the sun and I’m thinking how much I adore people doing things because they care. There is just so much love in the world that sometimes, sometimes, I just can’t contain it. I don’t know where to put it, but I’m so grateful that I am basking in it, for that hour, that minute, that second. So grateful. And so it was in Ayvalik that we had so many beautiful firsts. Our first breakfast at one of the tens of SmallHotels.com.tr that we had the honor to be invited to, our first Ayvalik toast (which turns out to be a huge cultural thing that we kept seeing all over Turkey, also far away from Ayvalik), and our first exposure to Turkish Survivor, which we ended up being deliriously addicted...

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Posted on Nov 25, 2014 |

Straining Pasta, Stress, Nostalgia & Walter Mitty- Our Holiday Lettings Apartment Pashas House- Istanbul, Turkey

Straining Pasta, Stress, Nostalgia & Walter Mitty- Our Holiday Lettings Apartment Pashas House- Istanbul, Turkey

Life on the road is not all about ruins, historic sites, and crazy adventures. We have those too. But mostly, our lives are about finding ourselves, creating peace in the family, and finding and losing the delicate balances of optimal mental, spiritual, and physical health. Sometimes family world travel life on the road is also about creative ways to overcome obstacles and smelling, tasting, or seeing something that reminds us of home. Sometimes, family life on the road is about watching a movie together as a family and experiencing something that touches the unspoken deep within us. This post is about that kind of flotsam and jetsam. The every day sort of thoughts and feelings that fill of spaces of day-in-day-out kind of life. Enjoy our this vlog entry loves. I love sharing with you my random thoughts about this, that, and the other and how it all fits into the perfectly insane yet peaceful puzzle of our lives.   Straining Pasta and Stress Nostalgia and Walter Mitty ————————————————————–...

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Posted on Sep 1, 2014 | 2 comments

Lost and Found & Love is the Key- Macaron Yuvasi Otel, Ayvalik, Turkey, SmallHotels.com.tr

Lost and Found & Love is the Key- Macaron Yuvasi Otel, Ayvalik, Turkey, SmallHotels.com.tr

And in my last post in Macaron Konagi I shared some of the dark clouds of parenting. Sometimes, when you are just not sure you are doing anything right. We got lost. All of us. Got lost in the hubbub of motion and lost the core, which for me right now is simple: health and family. Yes we lost it (as we often do), and then, and then, and then we found it again. That’s kind of life if you think about it, lost and found, lost and found, clear and unclear, know and clueless, and all the hues of laughter and joy, crying and sadness that fall in between. Welcome to Lost and Found, and the answer, that always, always, always Love is the Key.   The Difference Between Feeling Alive and Not Who We Are and Love is the Key This heart from the Macaron Konagi garden says it all. The softness of it all. Any thoughts? Yes, love? Lost and found? Been there? Got out of...

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