I went for a training ride yesterday with two friends. We headed up to the north, and cycled through Black Sea shore. We climbed a lot.

First we headed to Kısırkaya, where the road has a lot of short-but-really-steep (up to 20%) climbs.

Kısırkaya is a small village in the North of Istanbul, near Black Sea. The sea was peaceful (it is usually wavy in the Black Sea).

Kısırkaya village, Istanbul
The Black Sea from Kısırkaya village, Istanbul.

The we returned back, rode through Kilyos village and went to Dalia beach. It is a small, clean beach near Black Sea, between Kilyos and Demircikoy.

Dalia Beach, Istanbul
Dalia Beach, Istanbul (The Black Sea)
Dalia Beach road, Istanbul
Dalia Beach road, Istanbul

Late May is the time of Spartium junceum (commonly known as Spanish broom or weaver’s broom – in Turkish: katırtırnağı – means “the nail of mule”). The beautiful yellow flowers of Spartium smells great! Their aroma fills the air where they grow.

The plant is used as an ornamental plant in gardens and in landscape plantings. It also has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

The plant is also used as a flavoring (not surprisingly, given its great aroma), and for its essential oil, known as genet absolute. Its fibers have been used for cloth and it produces a yellow dye.

Spartium junceum
Spartium junceum near the Dalia beach road, Istanbul. Smells great!