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SUMMAH HQ IN ISTANBUL

SUMMAH HQ IN ISTANBUL

SUMMAH HQ IN ISTANBUL

 Written by Summah .Co

We share the most beautiful office and studio with one of our best friends, Australian Canadian babe and ultimate girl boss Megan Mummery from OHSEVENDAYS

We have been friends for a couple of years and did a few collaborations together. Last year April she found the most perfect office and asked if I wanted to join her and share a office with her, my obvious answer was definitely! After working from home and not having much of a routine it felt like the most perfect fit + move.

The beautiful white canvas shell was perfect for us and we styled it in a way that was beautiful, aesthetically pleasing but functional for both of us. We use it as a everyday office aswell as a studio where we shoot beautiful content and campaigns.

OhSevenDays is a mindfully made womenswear label creating sustainable staples from dead stock fabrics based in Istanbul Turkey. We share a tailor Tayyar Usta who makes most of Meg’s production and a few of our vacay shop essentials. Whats great about Tayyar usta is two floors down from our office.

We each have our own space and desk that we work at. Meg has a full time assistant Basak and three lovely interns Beyza, Lynn and Tara. Being in a shared office is amazing as we are all friends and bounce ideas off each other constantly. For me its so inspiring being around strong empowering women on a daily basis and having a place to come to everyday really makes such a big difference, mentally and emotionally. We often go for after work drinks and have really long intimate chats on the regular, filled with tons of laughter and awkward selfies.

Our little office is situated in Osmanbey, a atelier / atolye and textile dream location. The streets are filled with crazy sounds of the mosque, to cutters and machines sewing all day long. We have done a short IGTV showcasing our office space.

Check out our IGTV for behind the scenes of our SUMMAH HQ + shared office space. All images shot on 35mm film

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SELF CARE

SELF CARE

SELF CARE 

Written by Summah .Co

One sunny Friday afternoon on Eden Road we spent a self care pamper day emerged beneath eye masks, splashes and luscious plush cotton towels. Dewy skin and oil soaked hair, lounging around in towels and robes, vegan silk eye masks and messy tied scrunchie ponytails. 

We had the privilege of shooting in one of our lovely followers homes. Clare has this incredible 50’s retro pink tiled bathroom and luckily for us she let us spend a afternoon shooting in her pink bathroom with lovely model Joy from Fanjam. We always look to the 1950’s for inspiration and for us this was a total crush moment where every corner of this bathroom was an absolute dream world. We paired our pink coloured solid signature five striped towels ( JARDIN , LAURENT AND MASSERIA ) with pops of peaches, pinks and daisies. The walls are in a soft pink hue in a daisy shape and then solid pink tiles which worked so well with the aesthetic we created. 

Joy was such fun  to shoot with on 35mm film which we couldn’t wait to get developed. Some of our favourite products for self care days : 

GISOU infused honey hair oil , Body hero by GLOSSIER , SUMMER FRIDAYS , Sephora night cream , BYREDO gypsy water soap , TONYMOLY face masks , SUMMAH SCRUNCHIES 

 

Check out our IGTV for behind the scenes of our day and tag us in your images using our hashtag #summahtowelseries  

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KAS + BODRUM

KAS + BODRUM

Kas + Bodrum

Written by Kirst Gordon

Every year for European summer we get together as a family and most of the time its the Turkish Riviera. Last Year we decided to take a new route and try out KAS + KALKAN. My parents and sister came over for just over two weeks where they stayed in Istanbul for a couple of days in our apartment. The four of us then took a flight to Dalaman where we rented a minivan and a driver to drive us to KAS, roughly a 3 hour drive. We spent a couple of days in KAS, exploring markets and hidden little coves and beaches. Kaputas plaj (beach) was one of our absolute favourite spots. We soaked up the sun, flew our drone and swam all day. We used to take the little short bus (dolmus) down to the town everyday where we would have dinner, drinks and explore the ‘old town’. 

We then had our driver collect us from KAS and drive us 5 hours to BODRUM. We go to Bodrum every year and absolutely love it. This time we stayed at BOHO BODRUM. We loved every second of it. Enjoy our visual journey aswell as our IGTV for more. 

AT HOME WITH MOOI CREATIVE

AT HOME WITH MOOI CREATIVE

At Home with Mooi Creative

Written by Kirst Gordon

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MARRAKECH

MARRAKECH

Marrakech

Written by Kirst Gordon

Our Visual Journal of our trip to Marrakech, one of the best most beautiful places we have ever visited. Marrakech – ” the pink city” the name given to by its locals is vibrant, chaos and a burst of senses. We visited some of our favourites such as LRNCE , EL FENN, RIAD L’ATELIER where we had the pleasure of staying at. We explored the vast gardens or “jardin” in French.

A list of things to do and see and try :

ATAY CAFE , CAFE DES EPICES , SAAIDAN TOMBS , MARRAKSHI LIFE , JEMAA EL FENA , JARDIN MAJORELLE , YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM, LES JARDIN SECRET , LE JARDIN , MAX + JAN , LRNCE , NOMAD RESTAURANT , BAHIA PALACE , EL FENN HOTEL , RIAD L’ATELIER

Happy wandering,

S U M M A H X

CASA COOK

CASA COOK

Casacook

Written by Kirst Gordon

As a few of you may know one of our favourite hotel and weekend getaway is Casa Cook. We have done a blog post about it before seen here.  We managed to sneak in a four day mini vacay. The hotel should be on everyones travel list, it is the most perfect tranquil adult only hotel, a little oasis situated at the bottom of a gorgeous mountain range, but close enough to civilaisation and a couple of beaches. The hotel is in a area called Kolymbia.

We have been to Rhodes many times, it one of our favourite little getaway destinations as its not too far from Istanbul. We took a flight to fethiye and then a two hour ferry trip. Our ferry docked at Rhodes old town port and we took a taxi through to the hotel. We were greeted by familiar faces Nikos and Mika , who were so so helpful our entire stay, helping us with everything we needed and more.

We spent a lot of time at the hotel this trip as we wanted to just unwind and relax, also having been to Rhodes before we felt like we had done most of the ‘sights.  Poolside paradise at every turn, each ‘casa’ has access to their own private veranda pools. The decor really aesthetically shows the passion put into creating this hotel. The earthy warm tones and rigid vs fluid surfaces. The weather was absolutely perfect as the nights are still warm and the days are really hot – perfect for tanning in the shade 😉 

We rented a small car and drove to our favourite beach, Anthony Quinn bay and Ladiko beach. It’s a little hidden gem that not too tourists know about, the water is crystal clear and the pebble beach is dipped with grass umbrellas and multi colored sun loungers. The following day we got up early and drove down to Saint Pauls bay spent the full day laying in the sun, drinking aperols, flying my drone and engalved in the sea. We had take away lunch which was octopus, calamari and tzatziki with garlic naan bread. The little beach restaurant was called Tambiko.

We highly recommend spending some time on Rhodes and discovering everything it has to offer.

X  S U M M A H 

CITY ROOFTOP OASIS

CITY ROOFTOP OASIS

City Rooftop Oasis

Written by Kirst Gordon

A couple weeks ago we joined our friend Flora at Soho house in Istanbul which is situated in a gorgeous area called Pera, Beyoğlu. Soho was once an American embassy which they later turned into a members club, it has a rooftop bar and pool, beautiful hotel and a couple of amazing restaurants. We spent the day soaking up the sun on the roof terrace. Their signature mustard and yellow stripe paired beautifully with our frose and the beating Mediterranean sun. We took our Masseria towel with us too, and paired our new brightly striped Clo stories bikini. Thanks to our lovely friend Flora for the best day in the cities hidden oasis.

D MARIS

D MARIS

D Maris

Written by Kirst Gordon

D MARIS I SUMMAH TRAVELS

A couple of weeks ago we went to D Maris hotel situated on a Cliff in Marmaris. We stayed three nights and spent all of our time on the beach tanning swimming and eating. Here are some of my film images I had developed from the trip. A series I took for our IGTV – what to pack for a weekend getaway.

AT HOME WITH ME LIVING

AT HOME WITH ME LIVING

At Home with Me Living

Written by Summah .Co

Have you heard of @me__l_i_v_i_n_g and @eduanroos?  If not, I strongly recommend you follow their beautiful Instagram accounts.  The lovely couple  Eduan & Melissa gave us permission to shoot our new lifestyle range  in their exquisite home.  

Eduan Roos is the Creative Director of Kraak Events and styles and creates magical arrangements for weddings and other events.  His soon to be wife, Melissa de Villliers is co-owner of Pajamas and Jam eatery (which she shares with her sister) which is in a restored eclectic warehouse in Somerset West. One of the best eateries in Cape Town that also specializes in all things tasty especially delectable sweets and treats and cakes. 

The first time I saw them on Instagram,  their beautifully appointed home really resonated with me. I contacted Eduan & Melissa to introduce Summah and discuss our new range of interior lifestyle pieces we are currently exporting from Turkey. I invited my Dad (business partner) to accompany me to this shoot, this was the first time he has had exposure to this type of work and styling that I do.    Eduan welcomed us (along with Patchouli, their gorgeous black Russian terrier – who features quite frequently in the shoot too)

Prior to arrival, Eduan had taken the trouble to prepare some food and styled pieces for us – making the space look really ‘lived-in’. His simplistic and minimalistic décor/ styling, made it so easy for us to jump straight in, and shoot away. 

A home with character, a combination of structure and informal open spaces.  High wooden carved ceilings, painted white slated floors. Natural and neutral palettes – whites, cream, beiges with soft luxurious furnishings and subtle pieces, with touches of whimsical pampas reeds and blooms . Our objective was to keep within the character of the elegant home and add our splashes of colour, to reflect the style of the homeowners.  We selected desert, plateau and cacti yellow blankets to achieve this. Our starting point was in their bedroom, where we laid out our cacti beige throw which paired perfectly with their duvet set and linen pillows.

The neat and simplistic bathroom space allowed for a mixture of stripes and neutrals such as crème black, stone and fresh where we could showcase our 100% cotton bathroom towels. The open plan lounge area gave us creative space to add layers and textures to add interest and warmth, to create a luxurious harmony and visual impact.  Lastly – the courtyard, where we used one of our cacti yellow throw against their day bed, scattered with woven pillows.

As part of a table-setting, we set up different scenes showing just how versatile our pieces can be.  We shot some pieces in their pantry too which is open planned and beautiful leading through the kitchen, dinning room and living room to outdoors. After all the hardwork was done – Eduan treated us to the food he had so carefully prepared for our shoot.  We tried to encorporate a soft hue color way with pops of bright yellows, denims and linen. We used figs, lemons and an assortment of bread and cakes to bring a sense of summer to this delightful outdoor space.

Thank You for an amazing time in your home!

S U M M A H  x 

KAROO

KAROO

Karoo

Written by Summah .Co

KAROO

Our collection is inspired and based on tactile pieces that bring a feeling or emotion when being touched or used.  We chose to shoot with Paige Wood and packed a car full of props and suitcases filled to the brim with towels, throws, blankets and padkos. We went into the Karoo to shoot our campaign and new Autumn Winter collection.  “The Karoo is a semi desert natural region of South Africa. No exact definition of what constitutes the Karoo is available, so its extent is also not precisely defined”. A place known for being an in-between place slicing through the great Karoo between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

We drew inspiration from the vast open spaces, clay like sand, open plains, dry grass, clear pink skies and the coziness of being wrapped up in doors with tea and marmalade toast. We stayed at Richmond café and rooms in Richmond, visited padstals and ventured out to Cornel Strydom’s Pink Hill. Vibrant colors of the ever-changing sky, the silence in the morning, wrapped up in layers and dancing in robes in the field. Open planned bathrooms, grandeur bath tubs and massive showers. Lathered in soap and cleansed with sponges, dried off with a plump absorbent 100% cotton flat woven Turkish Towel. Hand-picked cacti, pops of yellow and still moments.  

Everything about this trip instilled a sense of calm and grounding for us. Being South African and living abroad, I always love coming home to “my roots”. The Karoo is something I have been fascinated with for quite some time and when the opportunity arose to shoot there I thought it was destiny. We drove up early Monday morning and returned late Wednesday afternoon. We will do another blog post behind the scenes of our road trip and where we stopped off along the way aswell as the landscape more in detail.  

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HAMAM

HAMAM

Hamam

Written by Summah .Co

A Turkish bath (hamamArabicحمّام‎, ḥammām) is a place of public bathing associated with the culture of the Ottoman Empire. 

Kılıç Ali Paşa hamam is one of our favorite spots and treats in Istanbul, bursting with culture and history. It is a 16th-century hamam restored into a luxurious bathhouse. Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam is our hidden gem where you can unwind and get pampered. A Turkish hamam is used for social gatherings for women and men, the timing is split by gender, allowing women to bathe between 8:00 am – 4:00pm and men-only between 4:30 pm – 11:30 pm.

 

Typically, you are given and covered with a thin Turkish towel called a “peştamel / push-te-mahl”. The Peştamel is the authentic Hamam Towel that is a flat-woven 100 percent cotton, hand-tied fringe. It is an essential element of the legendary Turkish bath house experience.

The ritual starts by being escorted by a bathing attendant  (natır  for ladies) and tellak for men)  to a steamy space with a high dome and soft, low light room.  The dome is filled with hand blown glass sky lights that stream in natural light from the outside .

Your attendant will take you to the next phase, to the Kurna (the marble water basin) where silver bowls are filled with warm water that used to rinse you prior to lying on a heated marble platform “Göbektaşı,” This relaxation room is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air, allowing the bather to perspire freely. 

She continues to massage you with a soap foam called Köpük (bubble soap) which is then followed by intense scrubbing with a rough “kese” mitt to remove your dead skin cells. You are rinsed and cleansed from head to toe, and re-wrapped in the softest absorbent “peştamel” and taken back to the cool room where you are rehydrated with tea / water – where you relax for the rest of the morning.

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WEST COAST

WEST COAST

West Coast

Written by Summah .Co

In December while I was home we decided to take a day drive out to the West Coast National Park. I haven’t been there since I was a kind and for the longest time I’ve been wanting to go spend some time there. Mum and I got in the car and drove for nearly two hours until we go there. I don’t remember the beaches name that we went to but they give you a map as your enter. We set up an umbrella, unpacked our towels and organized lunch, put on a lot of sunscreen and hung out there all day. The weather was perfect and the water was beyond clear and so warm. We spent hours swimming and walking on the beach, watching families play bat and ball, driving around on their rubber ducks or jumping off the decks from the house boats. If you’re looking for some solitude or to get out of the city, do yourself a favor and go exploring. There are so many incredible spots close to where we live.
Have a beautiful Summer weekend.

S U M M A H X

THANK YOU NOTES

THANK YOU NOTES

Thank You Notes

Written by Kirst Gordon

We teamed up with London based illustrator and designer Melanie Johnsson to have two unique thank you notes. We have paired them up with two dust pink bags for the month of February. We are super obsessed with our postcards and so happy to have worked with Mel. Here is our interview we did with her. 

Summah x Mélanie Johnsson Interview

1. What inspires you to create?

The love for it! Creating makes me happy and that keeps me going. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a big commission or for a small personal project, I love coming up with ideas, drawing, painting, designing…I wouldn’t be doing anything else with my time!

2. What are your favorite colors and mediums to work with?

I always gravitate towards all shades of blue, light pinks, bright reds, earthy colours and sunny yellows…But I love all colours and I like using them all in my personal work. For my clients, I’ll always research what colours fit them best or what works best for a specific project, as all colours have a different story and meaning.

3. What keeps you motivated as a creative?

The idea that as a Designer and Illustrator, I’m always learning, always growing, always challenging myself to get better at what I do. I’m also motivated to keep sharing what I do and what I believe in, knowing that it could brighten someone’s day or help them through tough times.

4. What is your biggest challenge with being an entrepreneur?

There are a few of them! Freelance life is super challenging but also really rewarding. A few of my biggest challenges have been: not loosing confidence over periods of time when work isn’t as busy, not loosing my mind when some clients don’t treat me properly, finding a healthy way of sharing and finding work without annoying anyone or seeming desperate, chasing people to pay me…ect. Some challenges are tougher than others, but I’m learning and getting better at freelance life everyday!

5. What inspired you for this collection of thank you cards for Summah?

The wonderful Summah products were so inspiring in themselves, from the textures and the patterns to the beautiful pastel colours…While designing, I had a specific soft summer light in mind, the one you only find at sunrise or at sunset, and those colours! Cape Town has been immensely inspiring to create gorgeous colour palettes and I knew it would fit Summah’s mood perfectly.

6. How do you find the industry in London compared to Cape Town?

I actually find them quite similar! Both cities are very creative and full of this one of a kind never-ending energy. I find Cape Town to have a really fresh, handmade and colourful approach to design, which I love!

GATHERER

GATHERER

Gatherer

Written by Kirst Gordon

While we were in Cape Town in December we met up with the amazing creative photographer Paige Wood. After lots of coffee and cake we decided that it would be a completely different vision and approach to how Summah campaigns are usually shot and that we would go for a more natural ‘in nature’ kind of look and feel. 

Paige Wood has a eye for detail and an aesthetic that is super recognizable. We sent her a few pieces to create some stories, after many voice notes and Whatsapp texts we came up with life on the farm concept lifestyle shoot, as Paige went up to her parents farm just outside Maseru, Bloemfontein for Christmas. A farm that is fulled with wild forests, orchards, fruit trees and farm animals. A beautiful contrast against our soft tonal hues and luxurious textured towels. 

For this “Gatherer story” – we thought it was beautiful to not only gather stone fruit and have afternoon picnics beneath the fruit trees but to gather fabric and textile too is something so simple. We love how Paige played with the ideas of hanging crisp laundry in the forest, taking in some sunlight while her delicates and linen dress from Elio clothing dried and then wandering around her parents property eating fruit to her hearts content.  

Definition of Gatherer : someone who goes to harvest or pick ; To forage , to gather cloth or things. 

Sustainble,  locally produced  and handmade, Elio’s dresses were the perfect match. Button and tie up dress that are  feminine and has the most adorable sleeves paired beautifully with our oasis beige towel and new creme black. What better way to spend your days amongst the trees and eating apricots? 

VACAY SHOP

VACAY SHOP

Vacay Shop

Written by Kirst Gordon

We recently shot our vacay shop campaign at our favourite spot in cape town; Maidens Cove with Andy van der Westhuizen + Cate Rochat

Our collection is ethically sourced and a small run production in an Atelier in Istanbul. All of the fabric used was selected from reclaimed fabric ; meaning an end of run fabric factory in a place called Zeytinburnu.

 Our inspiration behind the range was soft linens, soothing waves and the texture of sand swept dunes and chilled hidden rock pools. Engalfed in soft 100% Turkish cotton and linen and dreamy boy-ish shapes, with the solid structure of our new addition visors.

Shooting with all women for this campaign was really empowering, celebrating our own differences and some common similarirties but creating something beautiful and powerful together. 

 This season we wanted something fun but practical, we played around with different prototypes before finalising our belt bags / moon bags. Our belt bags are handmade by one lady in Turkey called Pinar.  All of our pieces with women’s names are women that are very good friends and that inspire us daily. Our summer essential crochet bags for that little bit of extra fun, splashed with delicious fruit and tassles ; with a new twist of a thicker cotton rope design. We have also introduced the zoe tote bag, which in itself is a everyday essential,

To happy sunny days together, dont forget your sunscreen, beach towel and all your summer Essentials

 S U M M A H   x  

SANTORINI

SANTORINI

Santorini

Written by Kirst Gordon

After years of speaking about visitng the Greek islands, this August, my sister, my boyfriend and myself ventured Santorini.

We booked a spontaneous little trip a few weeks before we left. My sister flew in from Johannesburg, and stayed with us a couple of days in Istanbul. The three of us then took a one hour flight to Mykonos , where we stayed two nights and then took the two hour ferry ride across to Santorini. There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing Santorini from the sea. The glistening deep blue ocean and white dipped hills are a sight worth seeing.

Οία or as the greeks say “IAA”) .The town is full of whitewashed houses carved into the rugged clifftops, overlooking the vast caldera and the ocean as far as the eye can see. The rolling hills are dotted with pink housed walls, blue domes and mostly White facades. Oia is by far the most picturesque village of the islands offering. With the most stunning views of the Caldera, the volcano, the other villages of Santorini and of course the amazing sunsets. Wandering around and getting lost in the maze like alleys of the village.  My sister and I woke up early to go and shoot before the heat was unbearable and walking back to the hotel we found so many hidden streets and gems that not many tourists had gone down to see.

We stayed at the most beautiful little hotel called IKIES which is situated in Oia,. The hotel is situated between ocean and cliffs and has winding roads. ‘The wine makers house” was a spacious two bedroom house that was incredibly well decorated. Our villa had deep green wine bottles that were placed into the walls and  cave like domed shaped roofs. Our own secluded terrace, with a jacuzzi was the perfect spot for uninterrupted cinematic views of the Aegean. This was the most incredible spot to watch sunsets or sip on bubbly ; as well soak up the sun and letting the day slip by with a book in our hands. We all enjoyed lazy afternoons, dipping into the pool, I definitely spent the most time there as my hair by the end of the trip was a little green from the different water.

The restaurants are so lovely, each night we tried something different, but mostly ate seafood. The best seafood restaurant is one in the main city center of Oia where you follow the stairs right down to the sea. We sat along the waterside having wine and mezze and could not have been happier. A Mediterranean diet of feta, fresh juicy tomatoes and calamari for days, with endless cocktails while watching the sunset each and every night from our balcony, was like living in a dream.  

We hired a car for the day and drove around the island, we went to three different beaches but the black beach I was most fascinated by, the volcanic ash in the ocean was something my eyes had never seen.

 Things to do in Oia 

  1. Stay at Ikies, situated in the best location in Oia, close enough to the town but far enough away from the crowds and noise. 
  2. Make sure to book your ferry early and read the reviews. 
  3. Head down to the little fisherman’s wharf to have dinner 
  4. Go for cocktails – pretty much anywhere or bring your own and have sun downers on your balcony
  5. Pack sunscreen – the Greek sun is hot 
  6. Try as many different types of feta and olives as possible, we even brought jars back filled with olives, Kalamata are our favourite. 
  7. Rent a car for a day or two, this way you get to see so much more
  8. Take a hundred pictures but remember to live in the moment too, Oia is honestly one of the most incredible places to holiday in, its pretty romantic and definitely worth seeing once in your life.
  9. walk as much as you can , please do not go on the donkeys.
  10. Pack your Turkish towel, its fast drying, folds up small and is super versatile.

x    S  U M M A H 

PUGLIA

PUGLIA

Puglia

Written by Kirst Gordon

We travelled to Puglia, Italy for our SS19 collection. We drew inspiration from dreamy interiors of  white stone walled farm house Masserias, olives trees, lemons and cacti aswell as little beach towns around Polignano A Mare.  Our collection is an assortment of hand picked summer essentials characterised by vibrant unique striped patterns and colours. Aperol Spritz, hanging laundry, orange umbrellas dotted along the deep blue coastline and cacti as far as the eye can see.  The smell of freshly washed linen and summers spent under the Italian sun.

We named our collection after all of the places and Italian names that had meaning to us. Our first stop was at Masseria Cimino where we spent a night and afternoon at the beautiful Borgo Egnazia pool having cocktails and lunch. We then headed to Polignano A mare and stayed in the centre of the town. We travelled to Monopoli by train and hired a car for the day to take us down to Bagno Marino Archi beach spot. We hope you enjoy this collection as much as we enjoyed hand selecting and putting this collection together for you.

X  SUMMAH 

CASCAIS

CASCAIS

Cascais

Written by Kirst Gordon

I flew from Istanbul to Lisbon Portugal, a quick four hour flight. I was happily greeted by one of my favourite friends Meg, Meg and I met in Istanbul via instagram two years ago and both being foreign in Istanbul we got on like a house on fire. Meg’s husband is currently selling houses to Turks in Portugal. I went down to spend the weekend with them in their apartment in Cascais. I recently bought a small point and shoot film camera, it’s an Olympus, we had a really fun time messing around with it. Here is a small glimpse of our travel diary for Cascais, more to come for our Lisbon travel guide.

Cascais is about 45 minute drive from the airport and you can either reach it by train or car. Cascais is a quaint little town which is pretty much like living in paradise, the most beautiful views stretching miles across the sea. The beaches are full and the houses are vibrant colors of pastel pinks, yellows and ofcourse many intricate tiles. Cascais is a wonderful vacay spot and is the best resort little town off the Lisbon coastline – in my opinion.

We spent the first few days exploring the little side streets of Cascais, its quiet and so pretty. Every corner is covered in hand painted tiles and huge flower trees spotted around. We did a few afternoons at the beach which stretch as far as the eye can see. The sands are very similar to South African coast lines. White sands and freezing water, it’s the perfect little hidden gem.

The pretty Praia (meaning beach) da Rainha is the main beach we first encountered, we walked along the sidewalk with a picnic basket in hand (which unfortunately we didn’t document)  The Praia da Duquesa and Praia da Conceição are very pretty too and all connect to one another. The Piscina Oceânica Alberto Romano is a little fun rockpool made out of cement, which people lay scattered across the surface of the stairs.  

The next day, we headed down to the Guncho beach, which was about a 15 minute drive. You head down to the Praia do Guincho where there is a Hotel called Muchaxo . There is the most picturesque old school 70’s inspired yellow painted area with a huge pool. We spent the afternoon there sipping away at chilled Rose

  Things to do in Cascais

  1. Walk around as much as you can, every corner is so pretty
  2. Try pastel de nata, pretty much anywhere
  3. Head down to Cascais and a bit further South to Guncho beach – with the 70’s inspired pool
  4. Go for cocktails – pretty much anywhere there are little bars and restauarnts, or buy wine from the supermarket and have a picnic on the beach
  5. Head to beaches : Praia do Guincho , Praia da Duquesa and Praia da Conceição
TURKISH COASTLINE

TURKISH COASTLINE

Turkish Coastline

Written by Kirst Gordon

Every year we try and do a Turkish vacay, this year we went to two destinations, Antalya and Bodrum for our family trip. Antalya, I went to with my boyfriend before my parents arrived.

We booked a spontaneous flight that morning and by 4pm we were stuck in traffic on the way to the airport. We took a short flight to Antalya and then drove one hour to a place called Kemer. We stayed at the most beautiful inclusive hotel called Maxx royal.  The hotel is situated between ocean and cliffs and has three beaches. One white sand beach, one pebble beach and one silent beach – yes, absolutely zero sound, no phones just me and my camera and people having a snooze. We spent three nights there and honestly, I never wanted to leave.  

The following weekend my parents arrived, we spent a few days in Istanbul before flying out to Bodrum. As we had been to Bodrum before we decided to do things a bit differently this time. We stayed in a different area called Gundogan, rented a boat for a few days and sailed around. We took the boat from the main city center and I was able to practice my Turkish some more with our lovely captain and his son.

We spent hours at sea, sailing to little coves and jumping off the boat, swimming to little bays and catching a tan. Dad and I had a brain storming meeting while sipping on cocktails. We spent the eight remaining days soaking up the Turkish rays while playing back gammon.

 Things to do on the Turkish Coastline

  1. Try and find a boat that suits your needs, ask around before making a decision and try and bargain towards your budget in mind.
  2. Sailing during season is pretty $$$ but well worth every cent spent , it is definitely something you should do while coming to Turkey.
  3. Head down to Antalya and drive to Bodrum, Marmaris or Cesme.
  4. Go for cocktails – pretty much anywhere or bring your own.
  5. Pack sunscreen – the Turkish sun is hot
  6. Try as many beach clubsas possible, Turkey have quite a big party scene. People pull up on their boats or yachts, cruise around during the day and then get dropped off at dinner spots for sunset and dinner.
  7. Try Turkish food – our favourite would have to be kabak cicegi – which is a stuffed zucchini flower
  8.  Take a hundred pictures but remember to live in the moment too, Turkey is honestly one of the most incredible places to holiday in, lucky for us we have a reason to travel as much as we can here.
  9. Swim as much as you can, the water is crystal clear and incredibly blue.
  10. Pack your Turkish towel, its fast drying, folds up small and is super versatile.

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