Tavakli in May

Everything is much greener in May. The weather, whilst still sunny for the main part, can also be unpredictable with sudden storms and wind and rain. Everywhere is quiet and the roads are a pleasure to drive along. The village looks its best at this time of year and there is a leisurely atmosphere and an air of contentment that can be lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Food is never scarce in a village like Tavakli. Everything from vegetables to milk, butter to soap is always in abundance in this village community. There is a small bakkal ( shop ) in the village but since everyone grows their own produce you won’t find many vegetables or meat products on offer. The local bakkal provides for those manufactured goods or items that you might be hard pressed to make at home.

A typical breakfast here might consist of olives, home made bread, various vegetables, goats cheese, jams, egg and plenty of tea. The food tastes far better than anything you are likely to pick up at the supermarket and it is all home grown too.

On the way up to the main village viewpoint even the cows were sleepy and relaxed. There are some breathtaking views of the coast just 5 minutes walk from where we live.

This is a view of the main centre of the village. There are two main shops, a barber and two tea houses. A regular minibus service runs through the nearby villages on a regular route to the main town of Ezine.

We stopped in Tavakli for 10 days this time and will be back in September at the end of  the summer season. Everywhere will still be greener than most places in Turkey since the season is a little shorter here and without the intense heat that you get in the med.

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