So, I'm finally back. Having nearly 3 weeks off work has definitely been what I've needed, and I've even made some rather large life decisions. The time off to clear my head has been really good to me, and has made me realise what I want to do with my life. Yay!
Anyway, back to the post!
Turkey has never been a place I've thought of travelling to. I've known many people go, many people love it, and many people return again. I've always been a bit nervous about it, as it's neighbouring some pretty dangerous countries, but once you get there, all nerves just vanish.
We saw absolutely no hints of trouble anywhere in Marmaris, Icmeler, Dalyan or Dalaman. However, during the last few days of our holiday, Istanbul saw a fair bit of trouble.
Marmaris is one of the main beach tourist areas, with many of the hotels situated either on the beach or around 100-200m away! All hotels own their own part of beach, which are chock-a-blocked with beds. The best way to experience the beach is by going on a tour to one of the many less-touristy beaches!
We had an absolutely fantastic time. The resort is beautiful, in a bay with tree-covered hills lining both sides. You wouldn't believe how green and floral it was, especially with the heat. It was around 40'C each day, so very hot! However it was surprisingly comfortable, not too humid and it's so easy to cool down - just jump in the pool!
I feel like we were very lucky with our hotel as well. We stayed in the gorgeous Blue Bay Platinum, which has been newly refurbished and modern. The outer building is white, with lots of glass panels and silver detailing. It's then lit-up blue at night, which really makes it stand out. Such a gorgeous hotel! The staff are all fabulous as well.
Shopping in Turkey is how you'd expect. Every other shop is filled to the brim with fake designer goods for insanely good prices. Some stores have incredible fakes. Although I don't usually condone fake goods, I couldn't resist in the end and picked up a couple of items, oops!
Some store owners are pushy, they are very good salesmen and will just keep talking. Some do feel quite aggressive, but it's easy to avoid those situations by just walking away if they pressure you before you even get inside!
Marmaris has a mall called Blue Port which I can recommend, they have an amazing makeup brand called Golden Rose which I'll post a haul on soon. The makeup is so cheap, but incredible quality!
It's really such a beautiful place, I had some moments where I was wondering how much an apartment would cost! If you haven't been to Turkey, I really recommend Marmaris. Make sure you do some trips too!