What you’re about to see is real. I couldn’t believe it myself when we arrived. We left Istanbul, caught a flight to Dalaman, hopped on a bus and landed in Fethiye on the most incredible farm, Pastoral Vadi, where the wedding was to take place. We had been hearing about the farm for months, starting from when Dano & Ayse fell in love with it on a weekend getaway from the city a while back. Words do not do this place justice. I was captivated and happy to know that something as meaningful and pure and magnificent as this existed in my world, even if it was just for 4 days. It was painful to leave. Hopefully you can get a sense of the experience below.
FOOD. It was all about the food (after the wedding, that is). Next to the man made spring was a communal eating area where the village women would serve up some serious food. This was breakfast every morning: 3 or 4 varieties of cheese, 3 varieties of olives, boiled eggs, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, fresh bread, honey, homemade jams, FRESH BUTTER that was hands down the best butter I think anyone there had ever tasted. It was a unanimous decision. All of this accompanied by tea and fresh, unpasteurized milk.
We did leave the farm once or twice, this time to spend the day at Oludeniz, also known as the Dead Sea for it’s calm and salty waters. It’s a blue lagoon with spectacular surroundings. Check out that platform in the middle of the water. You could swim to it and just hang out in peace. The water felt amazing.