Visiting Turkey

When you’re going on holiday, it can be difficult to find a good balance of local culture and tourism comforts. I have travelled to many countries and been met with a brightly lit strip of restaurants, offering McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut. It’s quite a sad sight; if I wanted to eat fast food, I could’ve stayed in London! When I’m travelling half way round the world, I really want to taste the local cuisine, experience local etiquette and see sights that you wouldn’t find in the UK.

I have been to Turkey twice now; once to Marmaris, and once to Antalya. During this time I visited the biblical city of Ephesus, and the beautiful Pamukkale area. Of all the places I have seen so far, Turkey had the best balance of Tourism and local culture. Near the beach, you will find all of the usual seaside shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. However you don’t need to travel far to experience Turkish people going about their lives.

One thing you must do if you are visiting is go to the Hamam or Turkish Bath. It’s a great place to take a London escort ; you will both be pampered in a way you have never been pampered before! From hot tiles to a full rub down, you will leave feeling relaxed and happy.

Ephesus is as magical as you would imagine; try to avoid a visit during mid afternoon as the heat can be blistering and there is not many places to take shelter there. The most impressive structure is the library, dating back to 117AD. Tiberius Julius Aquila built the ornate building in memory of his father Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus who had been consul in Rome.

Pamakkule translates as ‘Cotton Castle’; there are vast cliffs of hot springs, but due to the amount of salt and limescale they look more like snow. It is a truly breath taking sight, and the water has many healing properties. In town, you can visit the antique pool. An earthquake caused marble columns to fall into a natural spring in VII AD which formed the pool – they are still today. A CO2 leak means that you are bathing in warm fizzy water and the room is decorated beautifully.

The country is also famous for its belly dancers – a traditional dance performed by ladies who decorate themselves in colourful scarves and metal coins and bells to jingle throughout.

If you are planning a trip to Turkey, be sure to leave yourself plenty of time. I love to sunbathe on the beach with a cocktail, but there is so much to see and do that I wanted another 2 weeks there!