Tirilye on Film

Friday, September 20, 2013

On Sept 6-8 I was at Tirilye which is a small town on the coast of Mudanya, Bursa. My grandpa (fathers dad which I've never met) and his brothers built a house here a long time ago to look over their olive trees and to have a place to go to during the summer. I've only been here twice and I can say that it is very beautiful and has lots of ancient houses & ruins. Tirilye is most famous for its olives and olive oils and this is the job of most of the people that live there. It is also very known for its fish restaurants that are literally full at night with people coming from other places just to get a taste. These two photos above were taken from our house which over looks the town. 

This is the famous Byzantine church Aya Todori which was built in 720-730 AD and after the Turks conquered Tirilye it changes its name to Fatih Mosque and has been used as a mosque since then.

Beautiful houses and streets of Tirilye (the last one I took with my dslr but I had to share it).

Taş Mektep (Stone School) on the left and Kemerli Kilise (Arched Church) on the right (on the top photo its the building on the left). Stone School, which was built in 1907, is know as the school which archbishop Makarious, the former president of Cyprus, attended. In 1924 it opened as a school called Dar-ül Eytam for orphans, who were the children of soldiers that died in the war. The building served as a boarding school, a primary school and a secondary school later on. The Arched Chuch, which was built at the end of the 13th century, is known to be the first church where the walls were painted with pictures (the pictures are still there, I took a couple of photos, but as the building itself is mostly destroyed so are they). 

Took this sunset photo from the terrace of the house next to ours. The next day I wanted to go up there again and my dad told me it was okay and they wouldn't mind well it turns out they do mind and I got yelled at by a lady. I apollogised and left but I was mad at my dad for a while. 

This is actually hotel that was recently opened. The first year I went to Tirilye this building was waiting to be restored and now its something really beautiful looking over to the sea. And our house is behind the house on the right of this photo.

The two photos above I took while we were going to see our olive trees but we actually stopped at this walnut tree and started collecting a whole bunch. It was fun but very tiring. On the way back we ate a couple of figs right from the tree and I spotted this horse and got a quick shot from the car! :) 

Well hope this didn't bore anyone. I took some information from HERE while writing this post. There other stuff written there so if want to know more just click :) 

Photos are taken with Zenit 122 + Fujicolor Superia 200 & Agfa Optima 200 + Fujicolor 200

Books I've Been Reading (Goal Recap)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

At the beginning of the year I made a goal to myself that I would read 15 books in 2013 because I've literally stopped reading books for fun and passing time. It was something that I really enjoyed doing and I knew I had to start cathing up with books again. I decided to read whatever was in our bookcase at home but soon realized that some of them were not really my style and it would just be a waste of time. So I read 7 books so far I know its not much but I only started towards April because school work was too intense. 

1. Dreams Die First by Harold Robbins: This is the first book I picked up not knowing it wasn't really my style. It took me a while to finish this one because I was not into it and I can never leave a book unfinished. And this is probably my least favorite of the bunch. 

2. My Sweet Orange Tree by Vasconcelos: I literally cried at the end of this book. It had a great plot and the emotions were greatly reflected on the reader or I wouldn't be crying, believe me. One of my faves for sure.

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: I didn't know we had this book at home and I was really interested in it because I've heard that it was very similar to The Little Prince. I really loved that book when I read it even though I could read it another time to really get into it. It was the same with this book, it had an incredible plot with a great theme but I will probably read it again to fully understand its concept.

4. At the Sign of the Cat and Racket by Honroé de Balzac: This book totally got me by its title. Anything with cats automatically sounds cool to me, I don't know why.  It was not a long book and had lots of similies, which is always a plus for me because it broadens my imagination.

5. Panglor by Jeffrey A. Carver: This book was absolutely awesome it totally goes on the list of my favorite books. I was hooked to it because of the fact that it was set in the future where people could do space travel. I always love reading books from authors who have imagination of what is really out there and Carver sure had some great & weird sci-fi things in mind.

6. The Body in the Basement by Katherine Hall Page: After reading this book I found out that I was totally into mysteries. I mean the whole time I'm like "who killed who, how, when, what, why?!" And the book ends and I'm like "Finally I know who the killer is!" and I can die in peace aha. I will probably read other books by Hall Page because her writing was pretty clear, understandable and of course interesting.

7. False Prophets by Sean Flannery: This book was a recent read and I quite liked it. I thought I wasn't going to be into it because it was developing very slow and I didn't really get the plot at first but than things started to settle for me. Its not a fave but it was not a waste of time.

Well thats all I've read so far and I'm already half way through with my next book and I lined up a couple after that. I don't know what to do after so please suggest some books to me and I'll check out their plots and if I like it than I'll have to read it. Anyways, hope you like this post and have a great weekend!

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