Escaping the City

In my last post I shared about how life in the city can be a bit constricting. Recently my family and I took a quick retreat from the city to another relatively nearby city. We rented an Airbnb in Tekirdağ (about 2 1/2 hours by car from the Asian side of Istanbul) and spent a couple of nights enjoying a new place. The house is in a small town outside of the small city.

Forgive the less than idea picture. This was our first glimpse of the house. It is just ahead at the end of the road sitting right on the water. At this point, we didn’t know which house it was or how close we were to it. The owners met us here a moment later and took us right to it. They, by the way, were amazing. They both speak great English (which for me, for now, is so helpful). They gave us lots of details about the place along with videos of the place and its contents via WhatsApp ahead of time. When we noticed that the baby bed and high chair were nowhere to be found in the house, they were very quick to bring them over for us. Like I said, they are above and beyond hosts.

This is the entryway to the house. The Airbnb is the entire ground level flat. It is a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath. The greenery overhead as you walk in grows delicious little fruit. I don’t yet know what they are, but I do know they are tasty!

This is the view of the back of the house. We haven’t stayed at a beach front place in Turkey before. This was a good first experience.

From a bit farther back, you can see how the house looks next to its neighbors. Just off to the right of the taller building was a nice little restaurant with back patio seating right on the water. There were a handful of good restaurants within walking distance from the house. On the same block across the street is a Migros grocery store. Where one of the challenges of being in an Airbnb can be getting or making food, this made it way easier for us. We split it up between buying some food and snacks from the grocery store and getting a big dinner one night from a local Kebap restaurant a few blocks away. It was great!

This was my favorite part of the whole house to be sure. I took this picture from the window in the living room. I love when beach houses have a combination of covered patios and open space together. And just beyond the black gate in the back is the sand and water from the Sea of Marmara. It’s amazing, right?

Because this area was so safe and quiet, we could let our kids run around together out back constantly. They loved being able to come and go so easily. There were lots of places to sit, a fireplace, a table to eat at, of course the beach itself.

It may seem like a small thing, but this gate made me very happy. It was easy to use, secure, and gave us the freedom to not have to worry about our kids getting out when they shouldn’t. Every morning, my son would be up earlier than everyone and he would be quietly playing in the back patio area. Thanks to the large window in the house and the back door, it was easy to keep an eye on him and afford him some felt-freedom.

Finally, here’s a quick view of the surrounding beach area right outside of the house. You can see the house with the red tile roof on the left of the photo. If you can’t tell, I would recommend this place to you if you are in the area looking for a place to stay. We are already thinking about when we can stay here again for a longer time and with more gear to maximize our time.

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