Can you place this shot? I think it could be one of numerous places in the world - a resort in California, or Spain, Greece or.... Turkey! All of these destinations have in common the sea and sunshine, architecture and flora, a mood and stylistic expression that I consider classic Mediterranean Style. This hotel is located in Alacati Turkey. It's astonishing how much it felt like Santa Barbara, with its palm trees, blooming oleander and bougainvillea climbing the walls of adobe and stone buildings roofed in red tile! It's a wide wonderful world with both unique and familiar touch stones along the way.
The village of Alaçatı reminds me of my childhood when a stroll through the (original) El Paseo in Santa Barbara was full of quaint restaurants and shops. In Alaçatı, Bougainvillea and Oleander line the cobblestone streets, and pretty things beckon from small shops. Wonderful outdoor restaurants are everywhere - and YaYa is the most chic and fabulous!
Alaçatı is a precious old town on the coast near Izmir Turkey. Like Santa Barbara, there are strict architectural codes in place to maintain the traditional character of the Turkish/Grecian designs. Buildings are stone or white stucco with colored shutters topped with clay tiles. Exquisite!
I loved the Manastir Alaçatı Hotel pictured here.
Image 1: Manastir Alaçatı Hotel, Turkey
Image 2: Manastir Alaçatı Hotel, Turkey