Saturday, 29 June 2013

I'm Back || Holiday Highlights

Hello everyone! I hope your all well and are having a fantastic weekend. I just wanted to get a post up for you all today to let you know that I'm back from my holiday and you can expect to see regular posts popping up on your feed again from me. I arrived home early hours of Monday morning and had to jump straight back into the swing of life with a work shift starting only a little while after arriving home *how rubbish is that?*. I think it's fair to say that this week I've had a serious case of holiday blues as the littlest of tasks have been such a big effort. Having been back in England for nearly a full week now, my holiday is feeling like a lifetime away already, so I thought whilst the memories are still fresh, I would share with you all my holiday highlights.

This year was my second trip to Turkey, it was so lovely having a relaxing two week holiday. For the last few years I've had some close family living out there, so not only was it amazing to get away, it was lovely being able to see everyone again and have a good ole catch up in the sun. My family and I were stayed in one of the apartments on the complex which is near a small town in the middle of nowhere and I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that there is hardly a living sole around where we stayed, especially with the nearest town being a 20 minute drive away. Out of all the complex gorgeous apartments and villas, only around 10 including ours were occupied, which meant we had the pool to ourselves most days. Our view at the  back of the complex was filled picturesque scenery with Turkeys beautiful mountains in the background and right outside the apartment you had 5 minute walk to the beach. The whole place was just so peaceful and relaxing and it felt so good to be far away from the busy hustle and bustle of what we know as life. Being on a complex meant that all our needs were catered for - With a choice of a few swimming pools, loungers and a bar open all day and all though the night meant that we didn't really have to leave the comforts of the complex. I tell you, I spent a lot of my time just chilling and relaxing on the sun lounger, catching as much sun as possible so I could come home with that gorgeous golden glow. 

However on most evenings we did venture out of the complex and went to local villages and markets and experienced the Turkish way of life. I tried some amazing Turkish food and bought tons of fresh fruit for the markets - Watermelon being one of my faves, it just doesn't taste the same once it's flown thousands of miles to the UK. It's crazy how everyone comes alive at the nighttime over in Turkey, with the temperature reaching 40 degrees plus in the day, the evening is the only time of day when things cool down a fraction. Being so close to the coast, meant I saw some beautiful sunsets on our ventures out in the evening.

During those days where it just felt way too hot to lay by the pool, the boyfriend and I would whip out our oh so sexy snorkeling gear, head off to the bay and spend hours in the sea, collecting shells and seeing all the pretty fish - We even spotted an octopus, which was a little scary and had me swimming in the other direction. One day that will be sure to stay with me for a long time was our trip to Dalyan, which was a four hour trip from our complex and back, but so worth the journey. Dalyan is home to a river which is filled with giant sea turtles and we were able to feed them on our river boat trip which was truly amazing. Not only was the boat trip really fun, but the river was situated right in the middle of the mountains and the scenery around us was just breathtakingly beautiful. There was also some ancient tombs which had been craved into the mountains, which was amazing to see. The river boat trip was topped off with two things - One end of the river lead you straight to the sea, and there was a private beach in which we got to relax on for a few hours. At the other end of the river was a Turkish mud bath and sulphur pool, which to my joy, got to experience - And what an experience it was I tell you! It was so weird dipping into a mud bath and wallowing around like a hippo for best part of an hour. Once your out the bath and have covered yourself with some more mud, you just stand out in the sun and let it all dry out, it goes really hard and feels like clay. It was so funny to see everyone walking around looking like statues all the same colour. Once showered off my skin felt ever so soft and it turned out to be a good pamper. Although I have to admit I was finding mud in all sorts of places long after we got back to our complex. 

Overall I had such an amazing holiday and I loved every minute of it. Although I am missing the sun now and the Turkish way off life now, I was ready to come home as the heat was getting a little too much and I do love my home comforts. Now that I'm back I have a long list of all sorts of posts that I want to get up for you all, so please make sure you keep your eyes pealed for those. I am also planning on making some BIG changes to Miss Sunshine & Sparkle over the next few weeks or so, which I'm really excited about. I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely ladies who took their time to guest post on my blog whilst I was away and I hope you all enjoyed reading something a little different on here.

I would love to know about your holiday highlights, or where your jet setting off too.

Lot's of Love



  1. Wow! Great pictures chick! Sounds like Turkey is an amazing country, and certainty looks it! Jealous of the sulphur pool!Bet that was amazing! xx

  2. Oh this sounds like an amazing trip. I would love to see and octopus in the wild, they're my favourite animals! x

  3. I'm so glad you're home, and you had an amazing holiday! Your photo's are beautiful. I love Turkey too, I've been 3 times and it's such an incredible place xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. You look as if you had a fantastic time, ooo I'm slightly envious! :)
    Those carvings in the wall are amazing, I really like things like that. Can you imagine how much time and effort it took those people all that time ago to do that; amazing!

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  5. This sounds bliss! And your photos are amazing :) x

  6. sounds like you had a lovely holiday, I'm so jealous I've not got a holiday booked this year :( amazing sunset pictures too, love them!


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