On the 28th June 2014, I stepped foot on a different country for the very first time. Me and my best friend Megan (you can see her Instagram HERE - she posted lots of gorgeous photos!) decided on Marmaris in Turkey. We'd heard and been told that it's a very calm and collected place, with the option of a night life (via a little shuttle bus) and plenty more adventures to keep busy with.
Megan in the Icmeler sea.We arrived very late at night, we stayed at the Emre Beach Hotel which we absolutely loved - we couldn't really fault it. On the first day we woke up stupidly tired and the instant heat was literally exhausting. So we had a quick walk around, found our feet and mainly got used to the nearly unbearable heat. It was ridiculously hot. I honestly just completely misinterpreted how hot it would be.
On the second day we had a walk down the beach front to see Icmeler, it was a very long walk but it was one of those things that really just took your breath away. I had no idea Turkey was as beautiful as it is. It is stunning, completely and utterly stunning. Icmeler was pretty and we ended up buying a really, really yummy ice cream and having a paddle in the sea to cool us down. Again with the heat, it is literally BOILING over there.
We spent the next couple of days shopping (lots of shopping), eating and lazing around the pool and beach, I spent this time hiding in the shade reading a book (joys of a pale lady being in Turkey), it was relaxing and so chilled out, warm, but relaxing. It was just nice to take some time away, I actually read one entire book in 2 days. Everything was just so beautiful and I felt like I was on a completely different planet.
Friday was our last full day (it was a sad day), so we went to a water park (Atlantis Waterpark) which was a short walk from our hotel, which was surprisingly really good. It's quite small and compact, but it was really fun. It'd been so long since I've acted like a 12 year old but it felt SO good, nothing spectacular but it was fun nonetheless. And it was cheap so we couldn't complain!
Then it was home time, and now here I am - sad that I am no longer experiencing Turkey, or heat or the sun actually. It was an incredible experience over all, I couldn't have chosen a better best friend to go with, so thank you so much Moog, and I'm not entirely sure how this holiday could've been any better. It was so lovely, relaxing, a few too many cocktails and perhaps a little too much pizza but it was fab. Utterly fab.
However, there are some things they don't tell you about Turkey:
1. Turkish men HOUND you to buy stuff, whether it be food, bags, tshirts, day trips, they don't stop, ever. You feel like a rude bitch ignoring them but you do become used to it, it's just a little uncomfortable at the start.
2. The Turkish water killed my eyes, my face, and my hair. Honest to god I tried everything to try and tame my hair from the humid air and harsh water but to no avail. It came to a point where I couldn't even brush my hair, it was just a frizzy, knotty, dry mess (stop laughing Megan).
3. Marmaris beaches are not sandy. They are made of rocks, lots and lots of rocks, some small - some big. Either way very painful on the feet, and way too hot to consider walking to the sea without shoes on. Don't do that. It hurts.
4. The Prayers. Although some people did mention it, they never told us how terrifying it was to wake up at half three in the morning and then again at 5am to the sound of it. During the day it's not as noticeable but in the dead of night, it was quite an experience.
Don't let them points put you off. Regardless of the points mentioned, I would recommend going! It's such a lovely, warming place, and the people are friendly (when they're not pestering too much), I'm just not sure it's a place I'd like to visit again in the next 5 years.
Now I've gone abroad I just want to explore what a lovely planet we live on. If you have any holiday (and hotels) recommendations for next year, please feel free to comment and share your experiences!
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