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My Discovery of Turkey #DiscoverMugla

May 24, 2018
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??Hi Guys Amazing Arabella, I have a real treat in store for you so I have been learning all about Turkey and its history and geography and also some amazing facts about Turkey that I bet you all didn’t know! ??

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??Well as mentioned I have been learning about the history and let me tell you there is so much to learn about from archaeology, religion, war and also fashion yes would you believe that so any way lets get into this as I cant wait to tell you all about my trip and what I got up to and also my top ten facts about Turkey. ??

??So this May myself, JD and 10 other influencers went to the turquoise coast of Turkey to #DiscoverMugla what is Mugla I hear you say its a coastal region of Turkey and hosts some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. ??

??First stop was Bodrum now a few facts about Bodrum ??

  1. The Bodrum peninsula on the Aegean Sea coast.
  2. It was built on the ruins of the ancient city of Halicarnassus during the early 15th century – Wow spooky 
  3. It is also a centre for underwater archaeology in the Mediterranean. – Ohh wonder if there are mermaids 🙂

??When we were at Bodrum we stayed at The Royal Asarlick Hotel, which was located on the beachfront with views that would definitely put a smile on your face – the hotel was lovely and the staff were so friendly. ??

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??Hammock Life ??

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??They have such beautiful flowers here ??

??Next stop is Marmaris – here are a few facts about Marmaris?? 

  1. Although it is not certain when Marmaris was founded, in the 6th century BC the site was known as Physkos (Ancient Greek: Φύσκος) and considered part of Caria.
  2. According to the historian Herodotus, there had been a castle on the site since 3000 BC. In 334 BC, Alexander the Great invaded Caria and the castle of Physkos was besieged. The 600 inhabitants of the town realised that they had no chance against the invading army and burned their valuables in the castle before escaping to the hills with their women and children. 
  3.  In 2018, archaeologists discovered the tomb of the ancient Greek boxer Diagoras near the city of Marmaris. They announced that a pyramid-shaped structure was the mausoleum of the Greek boxer. The following words inscribed in the mausoleum: “I will be vigilant at the very top so as to ensure that no coward can come and destroy this grave,” Until 1970, the structure was believed to be the grave of a saint and was visited by locals seeking answers to their prayers, but upon discovery that it was not a holy site, the structure was looted and everything was stolen

??Tonight we are staying at Orka Lotus Beach in Marmaris its such a beautiful hotel, you can see more of what we got up to here on the Vlog – here are some images that I took there??

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??So relaxing here who loves the sea? ??

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??Lifeguard duty ??

??Come on guys its amazing to #DiscoverMugla, now we visited the marina area where you can shop till you drop and look at the very beautiful boats on the marina – its such a beautiful city. ??

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??We are now stopping at Green Nature Diamond Resort again in another side of Marmaris and this again is a lovely hotel the hotel is more family and up-beat and has lots of activities – cant wait to find JD to explore – I think we are going to visit the beach front and also go and splash around in the pool.?? 

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??Being a unicorn at Green Nature Diamond Resort ??

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??Love doing Yoga in the morning ??

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??The only way is up feeling amazing here??

Next stop is Fethiye, first we are stopping at Kite Valley its lovely here and so high up but if you look closely you are able to see the people on the beach front wow look at them go check out my vlog you’ll be able to see it all there 

Now Fethiye is an amazing town and my favourite in Mugla they have so many different areas and each unique. Fethiye is a port city, and district, on Turkey’s southwestern Turquoise Coast. It’s known for its natural harbour, blue waters and numerous rock tombs including the 4th-century B.C. Tomb of Amyntas, carved into a bluff overlooking the city. Near-shore islands are popular for day trips by boat. In the south, the beach at Ölüdeniz is sheltered by a lagoon, and Butterfly Valley is a designated nature reserve.  Here are some facts about Fethiye: 

The Tomb of Amyntas, also known as the Fethiye Tomb is an ancient tomb built in the city and district of Fethiye in Mugla Province, located in the Aegean region of Turkey.

  1. Modern Fethiye is located on the site of the Ancient Greek city of Telmessos, with the Tomb of Amyntas located in the south side of the city in the mountainside, in the base of the mountain. The impressive looking tomb was built in 350 BC, and was named after the Greek inscription on the side of it which reads “Amyntou tou Ermagiou”, which translated to English means “Amyntas, son of Hermagios”.[1]
  2. The tomb was built by the Lycians, the people who lived in this area of Turkey at the time. The Lycians were never members of a specific country, but rather a tightly knit confederation of independent city-states, which included Telmessos.
  3. Kayaköy has many ruins left from the population exchange between Turkey and Greece in 1923. Beautiful countryside, Turkish village life and a sad reminder of the past.  This village is more known as the old ghost town – wonder what might happen if you did a over night challenge here eeek! 
  4. This is the mountain from where you soar should you choose to do the paragliding in Ölüdeniz. Baghdad is one of the highest mountains in the world to para-glide from – are you brave enough. 

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??Now we are visiting Alesta Yachts today and I am so excited as these are the top luxury yachts in the Fethiye area and wow do they live up to their expectations – they are beautiful, we have been taken out to sea and the views are so amazing, I would just like to add that the sea is the bluest I have ever seen!! ??

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??A quick visit to Alesta Hotels and what a view from the roof-top restaurant – feeling really great right now – not only am I getting to learn about the history – I am seeing and experiencing all these amazing yachts and hotels too! ??

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??We have now arrived at Orka Sun Life and again Orka is a lovely hotel we love the Orka brand, if you are ever in Turkey you have to check out these lovely hotels – here’s some images at Orka. ??

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??What a great room buy first I’m going to do some reading! ??

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??Love the Ölüdeniz Beach ??

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??Quick stop at Seahorse Beach Club – Look at these cakes and this mocktail is delicious. ??

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??So there you have it my trip to Turkey – everything you need in one country there is so much to see and do and I loved every part of it – it’s a dream. Guys I definitely recommend going with your family to Turkey especially Mugla its awesome and all the hotels come fully recommended. If you want to see more of what we got up to head over to my YouTube channel and watch the vlog. Make sure to hit like and subscribe. ??

??Bye for now XOXO??

 

Cruise Ahoy!! Royal Caribbean

May 19, 2018
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Hi Guys,

32608963_10217081430014551_645037644715130880_oAmazing Arabella here and OMG guess what? I have been invited on-board Royal Caribbean’s ship, the magnificent Independence of the Seas which has just had a makeover. Yes you heard me right I am on my first ever cruise and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Cruises depart from different terminals than planes which is good if you don’t like flying, so we are heading to the Mayflower Terminal in Southampton.

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How exciting we are greeted by so many smiles, such a warm welcome at the Mayflower terminal! And look who we have bumped into The Sugar Beach Fairy – she’s super sweet and if you didn’t know she looks after Sugar Beach which is located onboard the #IndependenceOfTheSeas,  so if you want to taste the most tastiest sweets around then she’s your fairy! ???

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Here we are checked in by the very friendly staff and we are about to board this huge ship!  I am so excited I can’t even speak! Woop Woop!

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So our family suite is super nice, myself and JD have decided to have some chill time after all that travelling before we go and explore the ship! But for now think I will chill and read a magazine! Watch my Vlog to see the amazing views and room tour!

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So now I’m rested, “Come on JD lets see what there is to do!” They have lots of different events such as a welcome party by the poolside, which is very cool and also live music playing directly on the deck with a large screen which streams music and movies – and wait for it a water park area called Splashaway Bay. Splashaway Bay features water slides, fountains, pools and a really large drench bucket. Watch out JD your going to get drenched by the giant water bucket! Ha-ha 

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Now the ship is huge and has 18 decks when I say decks I don’t mean a deck of cards ha-ha no I’m joking I mean floors in the ship 13 can you believe it – its so huge! Because it so large you have to really get used to it but once you know your way round you will have no problem.

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 So what is there to do on this vessel! Well where do I start: they have kids clubs for toddlers, kids and also teens and also have an on-board nightclub for teenagers called Fuel! “Come on JD lets go throw some shapes on the dance floor” – I hear our favourite tunes playing!” ??

So the kids clubs are really cool here and there are lots to do – so if you are 3-17 you have everything on board the clubs are called Aquanauts ages 3-5, Explorers ages 6-8 and then you have the Fuel Teen Disco which is awesome, the teens-only club lets you dance along to some of your favourite tunes all located on the 12th deck of the ship and if that’s not enough you can sing along at one of the family karaoke on-board!

Ha-ha I know where we will be heading! ?

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They also have some super cool activities that you can book like Sky Pad where you can have a out of the world bungee trampoline experience with a VR Headset, and guys its so cool! You get strapped into the bungee and put on the VR headset – you bounce on the trampoline whilst playing the game in Virtual Reality – cool right wait till you try it! You will love it!! ❤️

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Next on the list is FlowRider now this was one of my favourites, you have to surf the waves on a surf board and its so cool but you have to have good balance like me, if not you will end up falling off just like my Mum did! Ha-ha its so much fun! ?

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And if that’s not enough this deck also has two racer slides and they are sooo fast! The Cyclone and Typhoon are so much FUN! We were addicted and kept going on and on! Honestly guys you will not be able to get off these super fast wild water slides.  ??

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Now that we have toured the top deck – we are eager to find out what there is to eat so we head over to Fish and Ships  snack bar located by the poolside – they do fish, chips, calamari and scampi – and guys the food is soooo tasty!  We have a bite to eat just before muster – Now muster is the cruise emergency drill – the Royal Caribbean staff give you a safety demo and tell you where you need to assemble. Safety first guys! ?✨

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Exploring the rest of the ship is on the list and we head over to the video arcades – yep you heard me right and the best part is most of the arcade games are included so you don’t have to get tokens or carry lots of spare change you just swipe your suite card and you can have endless play all day long if you like. Ha-ha at least I know where I will find JD The Gamer Kid :)?

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Now there are so many restaurants and snack bars on board – the main dining room is called Windjammer, which has two speciality restaurants. On this deck you’ll find Chops Grille (Steak House) and the other is called Giovanni’s (Italian) both are delicious and equally as lovely as the food in the main dining hall – you can get all types of foods on board from burgers, fries, pasta and even Ice-Cream. There is so much to choose from. And look at this amazing humungous cake welcoming us on board! I am home!!! ?

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Now for the evening entertainment there is so much going on, now one of our favourites is the theatre where they are showcasing Grease The Musical, there is also karaoke, gaming and also shopping which we are so excited about – you see we bought our Mum a watch for Mothers Day because she is so awesome and because we love her so much – so guys if you want to buy some pressies for your friends and family head down to the promenade shopping deck and take a browse. ?

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Now speaking of the promenade, there is a very sweet place called Sugar Beach and guys if you remember the sugar fairy at the start of our holiday, she was not joking when she said Sugar Beach has all the sweets you desire. Check out the vlog you will love it!! ?

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One of the coolest things that we did on board was get to meet Travis Kamiyama top Japanese head chef for Izumi restaurants – yep they have one on board and Travis taught myself, JD and my Mum, how he makes the best teppanyaki style sushi on the seas. Go follow him on social media he is one super cool dude! ?

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If you love Art there is a Art Gallery on one of the lower decks and the painting were insane – take a look?

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So now that we have have explored the kids, clubs, dining, super fun and awesome activities we are heading over to watch Star Wars which is being played at the poolside – they play two movies every night and what’s so awesome is that you can jump in the Jacuzzi and watch it whilst your having fun with lots of warm bubbles or even to chill out with one of their super duper kids mocktails! Yummy! 

Guys I just wanna shout out the great staff that we met on board – everyone was so nice and friendly and we made so many friends. ?

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Shout out to Daria – who helped us throughout our stay♥️

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Shout Out to Tom – who looked after our suite and made sure our suite was immaculate ♥️

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Shout out to Louis – who looked after us at Chops Grill and I kid you not one of the best steaks I have ever tasted! Yum the memory is making me hungry! #Takemeback ♥️

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So my last day was a sad one but I couldnt wait to get home and play with my new Monopoly set limited edition Royal Caribbean Style – Royal Caribbean thanks so much for my lovely gift! 

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I loved every part of the Royal Caribbean and would love to go again! JD was in awe of the ship head over to his blog to hear more and also get over to my mums blog Shadia Loves, you can read all about her experience on board and what she got up to! 

To check out more about the #IndependenceoftheSeas  go check out my vlog which will be available on my YouTube Channel – and one more thing before I go 

ROYAL CARIBBEAN IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST HOLIDAYS OF MY LIFE! 🙂