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Day 22 – The Blue Sea in Bodrum

From Istanbul to the Blue Sea, it’s quite a change of scenery to enjoy life at the seaside after a captivating cityscape. Being by the Blue Sea is quite fitting for me, as a cancer crab, because today is my special day and thanks to the generosity of my friend, Soraya, who brought me to Bodrum for my birthday.

The Blue Seas of the Aegean inspired a whole generation and has grown into a top sailing destination thanks to not only its climate but also to the book ‘Blue Voyage’ by Cevat Sekir, an Oxford-educated Turk who devoted his time to writing describing trips around the Turkish coast. The City of Bodrum is the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus (ancient name for Bodrum), the location of the famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (built after 353 BCE) and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Being by the Blue Sea with that warm and soft breeze is truly delightful, especially now with the heatwave scorching the whole of Europe. A national health warning emergency has been declared in many places. It is now a fact that heatwaves are increasing in frequency as a direct result of human-made climate change. Our beautiful blue planet is in dire need of tender, loving care just as we all need to prosper. Various studies demonstrate that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature, and the love of life, based on the concept of biophilia and our connectivity to our natural environment. As an artist, my narrative is about art & nature - to love art is to love nature.

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