The Caribbean of Europe!

Just because my Cappadocia videos are over now, doesn’t mean that it was the last series about Turkey.

Next, you can look forward for videos full of beaches, ocean, and colourful sunsets.

First part is right here!

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ABC – Travel List: D – Dominican Republic, Dubrovnik, Dorset and East Devon Coast

The next letter in this challenge is all about water, ocean, and sea. What else is any better than the outlook of the most beautiful ecosystem there is?

I probably won’t say too much about these places, because the pictures speak for themselves, so enjoy.

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1. Country: Dominican Republic

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Source: thomson.co.uk

There is no explanation needed I guess. There are also not many countries starting with the letter D, at least not many that interested me a lot. So let’s just say, it was pretty easy to pick Dominican Republic.

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Source: worldtravelguide.net

2. City: Dubrovnik

Bildergebnis für Dubrovnik
Source: urlaubhome.com

Croatia’s blue pearl has been on my list for ages. Its deep blue waters flowing around the coastal region of a city that looks like it’s been taken out of a medieval movie (I’m looking at you Game of Thrones), are making me just wanna pack my bags and have an early summer vacation. I’d even say that living here might probably feel like paradise. #whatamidoingwithmylife

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Source: lonelyplanet.com

3. Dorset and East Devon Coast

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Source: google.com

I actually never realized that this place looks like the Thailand of England. Seriously, I didn’t know that there are such deep blue waters in England. This place is also famous for its archeological researches which makes it even more interesting. I wonder if you can actually go swimming here, since the waters look wild. But even if not, just breathing this air and enjoying the views seem to be enough medicine for the soul.

What do you guys think?

What are you top D-letter destinations on your go-to list? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time!

Thanks for reading and travelling with me!

Merveille.

Summer Vacation Turkey 2014 – Wrap Up Part 4

Thursday, 21st of August. Izmir/Marmaris:

When we had visited our family friend two weeks ago, we had asked him to organize a hotel for us. He gets the rooms for cheaper, since he knows the owner of that. So that week on Thursday the 21st of August, we woke up early in the morning and went to the bus station.

We had a 4-hour-ride, but it went fast enough. We got a lot of free stuff served in the bus, like free ice cream, free snacks and free drinks like water, juices and coffee. The service is great! We also had a monitor with movies attached in front of everyone. But I already had my book to read, so I did that a little bit, before getting sleepy and falling asleep.

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The free ice cream
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We passed a lot of different landscapes

When we arrived, our family friend picked us up, because he himself also was at that hotel with his wife and little daughter. But it when we arrived, they only had 1 or 2 days left at the hotel.

We checked in at about 2.30 pm. We went to our room to unpack our stuff.

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I love that free hotel stuff
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We had a glass elevator *o* Like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory :’D

Then we dressed and went down for the beach. It was beautiful. Right in front of the hotel. Without any walking distance. There also was a pier, but when we arrived at that hour, it was already quite full there, so we sat down on the sunbeds. We also swam in the sea the first day, and got ourselves a cocktail, but I soon went back to the room to take a shower. My sister and my mum came later. By this, we were quite on time for dinner. Well, okay, we were a bit late actually, I don’t quite know why. But we still got something to eat. Oh, and how much we ate…

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I overdid it a little bit… ehehehe. The plate couldn’t be big enough :’D
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Errr desert! :D

In the evening, there was a Mongolian circus show at the poolside. It was unbelievable what they did!

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Friday, 22nd of August. Marmaris:

We started this day, of course with a breakfast. I overdid it again… This time with the chocolate sauce…

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I had a sugar shock after that I think :’D

After breakfast we went to the pier right away. Our mother has reserved us some places on the cushions. It was so comfortable there, and the sea right in front, under, and around you.

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A panoramic shot

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Our hotel. Elegance Hotel.
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A great shot from my sister

During the day, I did almost everything. Read a little bit in my book, also a little bit in my sister’s magazine. After lunch, I granted myself a cocktail. Or two. Or three. If I had known there was pool aerobic, I wouldn’t have drunk so much Vodka-Cherry :’D But still, I did it, drunk as I was :’D It was fun, but the pool was just too hot!

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Later, I met some guys with whom I talked a bit. One of them kept bringing me drinks which made me feel dizzier and dizzier :’D When we later jumped into the cool water of the sea, I had quite a shock :’D

Later during dinner, I realized just how much I have drunk and my appetite was gone. I felt kind of sick and couldn’t think about eating anything, not even salad. After the animation show I went to my room, and slept right away. After our first whole day, I realized that I overdid everything a little bit with the food and the drinking and so on :’D

Saturday, 23rd of August. Marmaris:

Our second day at the beach/pier. Basically almost the same. This time I drank less, and no Vodka. I think the Vodka was a cheap one, and the heat also contributed to my feeling sick, because usually, I drink more than 4 Vodka-Drinks.

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Yepp that’s me in the sea :’D

Dinner was quite epic that night. There was this…

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After dinner, the nephew of the relative who organized that hotel for us took us to show us the city a little bit.

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Fish eating the crusts on your feet. I wish I had the money to do that too. I bet it is funny :’D

We arrived at the hotel at about 11 pm. That night, we wanted to go clubbing. The animation team organized a bus every night at 11.45 pm to the famous bars&clubs street in Marmaris which also picked everyone up at 3 am from the club we originally went to. Every day, they go to a different club. But we can also leave that club and go into other clubs. And if we want to return to the hotel at 3 am we are supposed to be at the first club. The busride there and back costed 20 Lira, including a free drink of choice at the club. So at 11:45 pm we met at the Lobby and later entered the bus. It was already almost filled. There was only one seat in the back. There were already 3 guys from England sitting there. They were quite funny, and I talked to them on the busride. I was lucky that the animateur was drunk and forgot to take money from me in the bus, because I sat with the english guys and they have already paid, so he automatically left me out as well :’D Later in the club we all danced together. And we all got a free shot and a free drink. I got sex on the beach, although I heard that the free drink voucher only included Longdrinks :’D Lucky me! Very soon, the others left the first club, and me and my sister also left after we finished our drinks. We asked the doorman if we could come to the club again later. We didn’t know that every club had a free entry. The owner of the club told us that he would give us a free drink if we came again :’D

So we strolled through the filled street, music pumping from left and right. We went into almost every club just to see and went out again. At the biggest club there we met the English guys again. They were dancing on the bar :’D So we joined them.

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That club is called Joy, and it is probably the most popular there

Funny thing: In turkey, they play electronic music almost in every club. There was only one Hip Hop club which was a small open-air club. And there was another open-air club which looked like a garden where they played mixed Turkish pop songs.

At about 2 am we went back to the first club again. And as promised, the owner gave us free Vodka Bull :’D I got drunk without paying for anything :’D Later, the barkeeper even gave us free shots. I don’t have a clue why he did that :’D

It was a fun night, but unfortunately, my sister got a bit tired towards the end, so I had to dance alone, and let strangers take selfies with me :’D

Sunday, 24th of August. Marmaris:

That day, I mostly relaxed and watched the watersports guys :’D In the evening, there was a python show, and at the end of the show, we were allowed to touch it and have a picture taken together with the python. And yes, I did it of course. I touched a python! *o*

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I am the girl in the middle obviously :’D

Monday, 25th of August. Marmaris:

That day was quite funny. I met a turkish girl and her friend, both coming from Australia. At first, I didn’t know that she was turkish. After I jumped into the water, I felt something at my feet while I was still underwater, and when I came out again, I saw that a girl jumped right behind me and I was afraid that I accidently hit her, so I asked her if she was okay in english. She also answered in english, and then we kept on talking. Apparently, she was drunk, because she smelled of beer and she talked quite loudly :’D Then after we introduced each other, we found out that we both were turkish. Then we talked in the sea about Australia, Germany and Turkey. And what we were doing in normal life and in Turkey for vacation. Her name was Esma and her friend’s name was Songül. Esma’s guy cousins were also there with them, that’s why she drank so much she told me, because they stressed her out quite a lot :/ We told them to join us to go to the bar streets with us again, and they also wanted to, because it was their last day at the hotel. The next day, they would leave.

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A few hours before that, I went with our relative’s nephew to another watersports stand because he knew them and we could do anything for free. We decided to do the great mable, the sofa thing.

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On the way back to the hotel, I admired the environment

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In the evening, we unfortunately couldn’t find Esma and her friend. We nevertheless went to the club street. Funny thing: That night, my sister and me were the only girls in the bus.This time, we went to a beach club, and this time, I paid :’D It was quite good that night again. My sister danced more, because we went to the hip hop club afterwards. Two guys from the hotels came with us as well.

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Tuesday, 26th of August. Marmaris:

That day was quite relaxing. I talked a lot to the female animateur who always did the Water Aerobics. I also talked with the DJ a lot. He was still so young, only 19 years old. They were all so nice and talkative. In the late afternoon, I drank some beer with my mum and we took some selfies together :’D

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In the evening, there was a strange animation show, but they introduced their new club dance :’D It had to do something with Tequila

Wednesday, 27th of August. Marmaris:

Our last full day at the hotel. I spent the days reading and talking with the guys we met at the club on Monday night. They were quite funny. Especially one of them, who seemed quite silent, suddenly became so hyper talkative in the evening after he drank too much :’D Even my mum laughed. Late in the night, we went to our room and fell asleep. Ocean air really tires out extremely.

Thursday, 28th of August, Marmaris:

That day, we packed our luggage and had to leave the room at 12. We wanted to leave at 1 pm to catch our bus back to Izmir which was at 2 pm. So we still had time to eat lunch at 12.

In the bus, I watched “The Words”, which was a hauntingly beautiful movie. A dedication to literature. So beautiful and sad. I will write a review about that soon :) We arrived at about 6 pm in Izmir. We were quite tired, and I didn’t feel like doing anything when we arrived home. I was already so used to doing nothing in that one week, that it felt strange coming home and having to cook for yourself suddenly :’D

Going to an all-inclusive hotel really did us good. It is neccessary to do this often enough in order to relax and get rid of the stress. And trust me, every penny is worth paying.

A few things I regret not having done are:

– I wanted to go Parasailing, but it was quite expensive, so we haven’t done that.

– Visiting Turtle Beach, where you can observe turtles and have a mud bath

– Going to the Swimming with Dolphins. But that was quite expensive as well.

Next time I will have to bring more money with me. Why does everything have to be so expensive?

What about you guys? Do you like all-inclusive hotels? Or do you dislike being bound to a hotel?