We went to visit Altan who lives in his house in the condo complex he designed some years ago, Zeytin Koy. The place is really lush, much more so than the last time I saw it. The trees are fully grown and flowers and other plants really naturalized. Altan offered us coffee and homemade molasses muffins, Mina’s favorite. She enjoyed one there, on the way out Altan filled a plastic bag with the rest of them for Elif to take home. Mina was happy. She also enjoyed petting Lilly, Altan’s golden retriever.
That evening we went to Cunda Balik (Fish) Restaurant. It was OK, just that. Mina walked to the store next door with “hala” (auntie Binnaz) and returned with a box of Cheezee which she munched to Elif’s surprise since she does not eat that kind of crackers at home. We returned home and Elif packed for the return to Istanbul the next day.
As usual, we had breakfast on the patio under the jasmine. At 11:00 am Suleyman the driver came and took them to Izmir to catch a plane. It was a long day for both of them as they returned to Ayvalik because of a missing ID for Mina and Suleyman drove them to Bandirma to take the ferry at 8:30 pm. After a day rest, they flew to Cyprus this morning with Tolga and his family.
That evening, Binnaz, Ergun, and I went to one of the finest restaurants on Cunda, Bay Nihat’s. The appetizers were fine but the grilled fish was not good at all, lukewarm and not much taste. The cats were all over the place, as usual, one of them, Rustu, enjoyed jumping on the bow of the boats and looking at the tables. He belonged to one of the waiters at the restaurant. The following are from my camera