How I spent my 25th Wedding Anniversary.

Lying back in a wooden rowboat together and entering the magical Blue Grotto in Capri Italy.

 

Romantic sunset gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

 

Wine pairing at a family run winery in Sicily.

 

 

Exploring Montenegro with its twisting byways, Byzantine architecture, and pitched mountains plummeting straight into the Adriatic Sea.

 

Walking the medieval walls that surround Dubrovnik and then exploring what lies within the white old city.

 

Visiting Split Croatia with its bustling harbor lined with cafes and Diocletians’ Palace in the center of town.

 

Strolling through the streets of Rovinj, Croatia where hints of Italy are everywhere, in the signs, in the language, in the cuisine, thanks to having spent more than 500 years under Venetian rule. Romantic, quaint, and captivating, it’s Istria’s most beloved town.

 

Trip of a lifetime, you bet!  Memories that will last forever, indeed!  Can you experience this?  Absolutely, call Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways today!  215-793-4808

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Love, Italian Style!

  1. Learn from the celebrities. Many engaged couples want to emulate the lavish celebrity weddings held overseas in some of the world’s most romantic locales. These types of celebrations are not necessarily out-of-reach of the average couple—ask local tourism boards or suppliers to recommend wedding and reception venues. You might be surprised what’s available.

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  1. Italy reigns. No surprise, Italy continues to be at the top of the list of wedding locales, with its culture, stunning landscapes and rich history—not to mention the excellent cuisine and wines. Venues range from luxury villas to medieval castles, renaissance palaces to ancient monasteries. One of the most desired locations is Chianti, in the Tuscany region, known for its stunning rolling countryside, vineyards, medieval villages and Renaissance churches.
  2. Take over an entire property. More couples are choosing to buy out an intimate venue for a weekend for the exclusive use of the wedding party and guests. During a buyout, all hotel amenities (including restaurants, lounges, spa, etc.) are open only to the wedding party and guests, assuring an exceptional, unique, unforgettable and private celebration.

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  1. Eloping is still an option. Perhaps surprisingly, more brides and grooms are choosing to run away secretly to get married. But make no mistake, this is no hurried affair, it is a sophisticated event — just one without invitations and guest lists. Today’s elegant elopements often include elaborate photo shoots in gorgeous locations and stunning wedding gowns.
  2. Fuse cultures and religions. The trend toward interfaith or multi-cultural weddings shows no signs of slowing down. You can help your clients combine and personalize the ceremony with different traditions, foods, dance, music and attire. They can recite vows in multiple languages, before officiants of differing religions. Such joint ceremonies can honor both religious and ethnic traditions.

Nancy Barkley/Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways/215-793-4808

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Your perfect destination is calling you. Half Moon Bay, Jamaica!

Visualize yourself getting married in the jewel of the Caribbean, where royalty and dignitaries choose to stay, truly one of the most legendary destinations, Half Moon Bay, Jamaica.  Having just returned from this magnificent resort, I can confirm that getting married at Half Moon Bay will be a dream come true.

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Half Moon Bay offers brides and grooms breathtaking backdrops to choose from.  Oleander Terrace offers the music of the Sea and prime beachfront location.   Sunrise Beach, a spectacular half mile curve of beach sheltered

by the offshore reef offers a quintessential toes-in-the-sand ceremony experience, especially at dusk when the constantly shifting hues of the sky and sea add a memorable backdrop. Or perhaps the elegant Sugar Mill Restaurant overlooking Half Moon’s beautiful golf course.

Your guests will be treated luxuriously in 5 star accommodations on private estate of 400 acres all fronted by two miles of private beach.  The hardest choice they will have to make is what fine dining restaurant to choose from and will they either enjoy the 18 hole championship golf course, Equestrian Centre, thirteen tennis courts, and a variety of water sports including a private Dolphin Lagoon or spend the day at the spa?

Words do not do justice on how beautiful Half Moon Bay is, so you will need to experience it for yourself and I promise you will have the perfect destination wedding.

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Nevis, the new, hottest destination for couples seeking elegance and romance!


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Why Nevis?

Nevis offers near perfect weather, luxurious indoor and outdoor space and stunning ocean views.   Couples can choose from picturesque churches, historic plantations, soft, sandy beaches or beautiful tropical gardens.  Nevis is truly one of the world’s premier Caribbean wedding destinations.

Who Nevis?

Nevis is for the couple looking for privacy and exclusivity. Nevis is a unique, elegant, romantic location for a destination wedding, honeymoon or Anniversary trip.  If it is Romance Related, that is who it is for.

When Nevis?  

Perfect time Nevis , December to early April.

What Nevis?

Top Romantic Activities on Nevis

  • Sunset Cruise

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  • Nevis Peak Hike
  • Botanical Gardens on Nevis

  • Private dining in the Mill at Montpelier Plantation & Beach

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  • Private picnic at Lovers Beach
  • Funky Monkey off-Road Adventure in a 4×4 wheeler, with picnic
  • Exploring Nevis out by bike

Where Nevis?

Top places to get married on Nevis

  • The 18th lawn of the Four Seasons Golf Course- A tropical setting just beyond the 18th hole between the green and the sea

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  • Botanical Garden of Nevis- the natural beauty of the one-of-a-kind Garden will make your dream wedding come true
  • Avenue of the Palms at Nisbet Plantation – This iconic venue among an avenue of coconut palms with a backdrop of the ocean.

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  • Thomas Anglican Church
  • Cottle Church- Ruins of an Anglican Church built in 1824 by John Thomas Cottle

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  • Various stunning beaches on Nevis

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  • Nelson Wedding Site – British Admiral Horatio Nelson married Fanny Nisbet on this site in 1787.

Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, choose Nevis ……unspoiled, unpretentious, and unforgettable.

Nancy Barkley/Lifestyle Specialist Honeymoons and Destination Weddings/ Certified Nevis Romance Specialist

Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways / 877-793-4908

 

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Greece Honeymoon

There is a reason Greece tops Lonely Planet 2014 Best of Europe Top 10 List.  This country, which resembles a huge post card, is one of the most romantic places in the world to honeymoon.

I would like to share a glimpse of my recent trip to Athens this past May.

Athens, a contemporary city, combines the present and the past in a unique way. Modern restaurants with famous chefs, lovely nightlife and various cultural events run every day and still the Athenian past is obvious in every corner.  The history of the Acropolis of Athens is long, when democracy, science, philosophy and art flourished leading to its creation. The Acropolis and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization.

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Santorini is one of the most sought after destinations in the world, and I had the opportunity to experience 5 star hotel accommodations while staying at Mystique.    Mystique is a stylish property built on Oia’s most famous cliffs offering amazing views of the Aegean Caldera.

The rooms, which are built in a cave offer seclusion, tranquility and spectacular bathrooms that directly look out to the sea affording jaw dropping views.  If you do choose to connect to the world and not hibernate, the complimentary WI-FI works great.

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The Asian Spa at the Resort offers both unique and memorable spa services that can be experienced in their spa, or in  your room.

 

The Santorini Wine Adventure allows you to discover the most distinct wineries and traditional cellars in Santorini through a unique wine tasting journey.   During the 4 hour tour of the Santorini country side you will visit the most distinct wineries on the islands where winemaking dates back more than 4, 0000 years.  The volcanic land gives special features to the wines. And you will experience an adventure of flavors winding through traditional villages and dramatic landscapes with hillsides covered in vines.

I hiked the 12 km from Oia to Fira, along the brow of the Caldera and met a lot of friendly travelers from all over the world making the same hike.

 

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There is no better way to discover the volcano, hot springs of Thirissia island then by way of catamaran.  We explored the craters of one of the most important volcanoes in the whole world and Thirissia island while the chefs on the catamaran prepared us a gourmet lunch.

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I spent an extremely educational afternoon at Akrotiri ,  one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. The first habitation at the site dates from the Late Neolithic times (at least the 4th millennium B.C.). The large extent of the settlement (ca. 20 hectares), the elaborate drainage system, the sophisticated multi-storied buildings with the magnificent wall-paintings, furniture and vessels, show its great development and prosperity.

 

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I then departed for Mykonos, a 3 ½ hour journey by speedboat and was transferred to The Rochari Hotel,  located in a very convenient location just a few minutes’ walk to the town center and the old port of Mykonos. My terrace offered a stunning view of Mykonos and the Aegean Sea.

Mykonos is  famous for its giant whitewashed windmills and chapels scattered along the countryside, divine sandy beaches, unique Cycladic architectural style, wild, cosmopolitan nightlife, endless entertainment opportunities, yummy local delicacies and countless gastronomic restaurants

 

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Mykonos is also an island jetsetters frequent for the unbelievable upscale shopping and nonstop partying .

 

However, when you do wish to relax, visit Psarou beach which is guarded by locals and VIP visitors where crazy partying is frowned upon! It is actually an attractive -not too small, not too big- beach with clear waters, umbrellas and sun beds and a place for boats and private yachts to anchor. Psarou beach has a restaurant, a traditional taverns, a cafe-bar, and even a sushi bar for the most demanding! For those who are more active, Mykonos offers a variety of water sports. From snorkeling to water ski and from tubes rides to parachute each one of you can find something interesting!

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Greece was truly one of my most fulfilling and memorable travel experiences ever!

 

 

 

Asoni Haus & Honeymoons and Get-a-Ways Partnership

Philadelphia, PA — (SBWIRE) — 11/18/2013 — Leading luxury Lifestyle Management, Event production and PR agency Asoni Haus have strategically partnered with Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways; a comprehensive travel firm with over 10 years experience, focusing on the luxury travel, honeymoon and destination wedding markets. With the aim of working together to provide curated travel experiences to the elite lifestyle members managed by the Asoni Haus team. This service partnership will see a more targeted luxury focus for Asoni Haus members who are demanding more than ever, romantic getaways, bespoke honeymoon experiences and opportunities to access the inaccessible, especially when it comes to creating that special moment with, or for their loved one. Asoni Haus spend their days working with the world’s elite, providing Lifestyle support to their members, comprising of Celebrities, Sporting personalities, UHNWI, Leading Business men and women, Diplomats and Dignitaries. Asoni Haus are the curators of Luxury, utilizing their global contacts and partners to provide their members access to the inaccessible. Call them the “Fixers” as they truly understand what it is to provide Luxury, effortlessly.

Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways founder Nancy Barkley says “Our mission is to plan your most memorable travel experience ever, anywhere the client heart desires. We are able to achieve this goal by years of traveling the world and finding the perfect locations for clients. We are able to offer our customers exclusive VIP treatment due to our strategic associations worldwide”. While Asoni Haus Founder & CEO Ingrid Asoni feels that “this partnership is long overdue, bringing together two companies that truly understand the needs of the elite, are driven by service quality, have vast experience within the luxury market and have the need to exceed client expectations, especially when it comes to requests of the heart”. Bringing these two forces together, will only ensure that romantic moments become even more unimaginably unforgettable.

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Dreaming of a romantic wedding in Italy?

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Have you always dreamed of a romantic wedding In Italy, at a luxury boutique hotel or possibly on the cliffs of the Amalfi Italian coast or at a medieval castle in Tuscany or on the beaches of South Florida?

Imagine saying “I do” in an exotic locale and spending three to seven unforgettable days bonding with your family and friends.

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life. A destination wedding is the perfect way to make that day memorable
for you and your guests.

With over 15 years in the events, hospitality and lifestyle services industry, Pamela, owner of Celebrating With Elegance, strives to please with an attention to detail, exceptional customer service and an overall enthusiasm, no matter what special event or Concierge lifestyle need you may have.

A keen sense of understanding a client’s vision and needs while finding the most effective and compelling solution is always Pamela’s objective.

From concept to creation Celebrating With Elegance is proud to offer full service Special Event and Wedding Planning in Florida and to all of Italy.

The talented team of event designers are here to eliminate all of the stress in planning your Wedding, Anniversary, Birthday or Product Launch.  As they work closely with each of their clients to bring their visions to reality, their goal is to create truly wonderful events that will exceed the expectations of their clients and all of their guests.

They show their talents proudly by custom designing each event and wedding according to the style, budget and request of their client. They are available for travel.

From custom props, to decor, lighting, and big themed entertainment their professional  approach to event design and wedding planning, along with their impeccable sense of detail and creativity are just a few reasons why their clients call on them to make their visions come true.

They are Creative, Unique and Dedicated.

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Pamela Spanu

President, Celebrating with Elegance

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Highlights of Costa Rica, Mayakoba Mexico, and St. Lucia

Today’s post is by travel agent Nancy Barkley, of Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways. Nancy just returned from visiting Costa Rica, Mexico, and St. Lucia and shares with us a hotel that especially impressed her at each of these destinations.

I would like to highlight a resort from each of the three remarkable destinations I just visited. All are perfect choices for honeymooners, destination wedding couples or your next vacation.

Costa Rica

Wake up to this view from your window at The Springs Resort and Spa

Wake up to this view from your window at The Springs Resort and Spa

I am a huge fan of Costa Rica and the country’s abundance of flora and fauna, national parks, volcanoes, cloud and rain forests. Costa Rica truly offers something for everyone, the adventuresome, the wildlife lover, the sporty, and those who would like to relax and unwind in the natural hot springs.

My highlight hotel is The Springs Resort and Spa. We arrived in the evening and immediately went into their 18 mineral laden Hot Springs. When I awoke in the morning I was greeted by a picture perfect view of the Arenal Volcano. The food was exceptional as was their 14, 0000 foot spa and fitness center.

Now open is the first phase of Club Rio Outdoor Center, located directly below the resort on a beautiful stretch of the Arenal River. It is truly “a must” offering Inflatable River kayaking, river tubing, horseback tours, and more. What I liked best about this resort, in addition to the 5 star accommodations, and relaxing hot springs, were the staff. Everyone there made you feel at home and wanting to return.

Mayakoba, Mexico

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Rosewood Mayakoba – on the way to breakfast

Riviera Maya, Mexico has so much to offer travelers, warm Mexican culture, perfect beaches, Mayan Caves, or shopping and dining on La Quinta Avenida.

I stayed in Mayakoba Mexico at the astounding Rosewood Mayakoba. This truly luxurious resort is surrounded by jungles and white beaches offering guests privacy, extravagance, and beauty. Villas are accessed by boat and I was greeted by my butler who checked in on me twice daily.

During my stay, their crown jewel was unveiled, Casa Laguna. This two-level villa is truly for the most discerning guest offering a chef’s kitchen, three bedroom, two master suite, and media room. Outside, 3,000 square feet of outdoor space offers private pool, show and dining deck.

The Mayakoba Complex connects 3 enchanting hotels, Banyan Tree, Rosewood, Fairmont and 18 hole Greg Norman golf course.

St. Lucia

The spa at Viceroy Sugar Beach, St. Lucia

The spa at Viceroy Sugar Beach, St. Lucia

I fell in love with the island of St. Lucia, and could not help but notice some similarities to Costa Rica, the rain forests, volcanoes, hot springs, zip lining and windy roads. St. Lucia has something for everyone as well in part because of its varied landscape and diverse culture and cuisine. I thought St. Lucia to be a truly romantic destination and the Piton Mountains are just breath taking. My highlight hotel is Viceroy Sugar Beach. Yes, I heard all the hype–Matt Damon just recently had his vow renewals at this resort and all roads were closed for some time in and out of resort. But having visited, I have to say, this resort lives up to the hype and then some. Our first visit was to the spa…think Robinson Caruso. All of the treatment rooms are in trees in the middle of the rain forest, an ideal location, very tranquil and peaceful, just the sounds of the birds in the trees. The resort has two white sand beaches with a variety of water sports. All of the accommodations, from the standard king to the four bedroom villas offer truly are truly deluxe offering lavish amenities. I don’t think you can beat the location of this resort, overlooking Sugar Beach and beneath the peaks of the twin Piton mountains, just jaw dropping.

St. Lucia is simply beautiful.

Nancy on her way to the hotel in St.Lucia, with the Pitons in the background

Nancy on her way to the hotel in St.Lucia, with the Pitons in the background

Turkey in Style

“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Constantinople,” marveled Alphonse de Lamartine, the 19th-century French writer and politician.

Perhaps I should have paid more attention in school while learning about the Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman Empires, but my extraordinary tour guides on my recent visit to Turkey had my undivided attention.   Istanbul was known as Byzantium around 660BC than as Constantinople after Constantine moved the capital of the Roman there in A.D. 330 and then Istanbul by 1453 when Turkish Conqueror made it the seat of the Ottoman Empire.  I would like to share my extraordinary journey with you and hope you will  have the opportunity to travel to this beautiful country full of beauty, culture and legend.

Galati Tower – “The treasures of Galati are dangerously charming.” This is an old Turkish saying, probably devised by desperate house wives of old Istanbul, because Galati has been the most seductive of Istanbul’s treasures over the centuries.  Once this place was a Genovese trade colony, and it kept its autonomy even after the conquest of the city by the Turks. The Genovese had a huge tower, called the Tower of Galati, of which the keys were handled to Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror as a sign acceptance of his authority.

Today, the Galati Tower still stands, and it has become a major attraction, with a great spectacle and great food; keeping the tradition alive

Karrie (Chore) Museum – Famous with its incredible mosaics and frescoes, dating from the later period of Byzantine Pictorial art. Between the years of 1948 and 1958, they were fully restored through the efforts of the American Byzantine Institute.

Sultan Ahmet Mosque – It was the dying wish of Sultan Ahmet, who perished at a young age at the 17th century, due to a disease, to finish the mosque so that his name would live forever. It is called Blue Mosque by visitors who fell in the awe of the delicate designs of Ottoman tiles that decorate the walls of the shrine. The floral patterns of the tiles, as well as well-lighted, capacious internal spaces are a testimonial of the eternity of the soul.

Basilica Cistern – The Underground Cistern was constructed at the time of Byzantine Empire in order to meet the water needs of the city. Its illuminated columns and mystical atmosphere will undoubtedly enchant you.

Hamam(Turkish Bath)  Hürrem Sultan Hamamı. This historical Turkish bath was the present of Magnificent Suleyman to his beloved wife Hurrem. Experience Turkish bath like sultan’s had in the past, with scrubbing, foam massage and tea.

Topkapi Palace –The Topkapi Palace has been the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th century. Its design, initially devised by Sultan Mehmed himself and then enhanced by Sinan, hides clues of the rituals of the structure of Ottoman hierarchy and the running of state affairs.

Home to the imperial treasury and the cabinet, as well as being the site of the barracks for the Janissaries, the elite of the army, every corner of the palace tells about the splendor of the Ottomans. Apart from the priceless treasury, a distinguished collection of Chinese porcelains, holy relics, sultan’s costumes and imperial weaponry are exhibited in different sections of the palace.

Museum of Islamic Arts – Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts – Originally, this palace, which dates from the sixteenth century, was offered as a gift to the Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha by the Sultan Süleyman the Lawgiver. The building was converted in to a museum in 1983, housing handwritten Qurans, epigraphs, hand-woven carpets, wooden and stone artifacts dating back to the ages between 9th to 17th centuries.

Suleymaniye Mosque – It is said that the master architect Sinan has built his mosques that decorate Istanbul for over 450 years, in the image of their donators. Sinan’s masterpiece in Istanbul, the city’s largest mosque, clearly verifies that, as one can feel the dignity and the power of the greatest of Ottoman sultans: Suleiman the Magnificent.

Apart from the mosque, you may also see the resting places of the two heroes of a love story that has changed the fate of an empire: Sultan Suleiman, the man called the Magnificent in Europe and “The Lawmaker” by his subjects; and his beloved wife, Roxelana.

Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar– Oriental shopping area located in the heart of old city , where you may experience the vibrant pulse of Istanbul at its best, rare spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits, live animals, flowers are sold.

Bosphorus Cruise – A poet once described the Bosporus as “God’s beautiful calligraphy written by an ink made of sapphires”. This straight, separating (and connecting) to two continents that form the two faces of a city, take its name from a mythological legend. Ever since those ancient times, it had marveled people with its beauty.

While cruising along the Asian and European shores(app. 21 miles long), you will be surprised to see the harmony of Ottoman and modern architecture; as well as having an opportunity to see the major highlights of the city’s fairy tale-like skyline from the sea.

The İstanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first private museum to organize modern and contemporary art exhibitions, was founded in 2004 and occupies an 8,000 square meter site on the shores of the Bosphorus.

İstanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and document works of modern and contemporary art and make them accessible to art lovers.

As part of its commitment to sharing Turkey’s artistic creativity with wide audiences and promoting its cultural identity in the international art world, İstanbul Modern hosts a broad array of interdisciplinary activities.

Hippodrome – The Hippodrome had been a center for sports and entertainment in the old Constantinople, the Eastern Roman Capital; as well as very important center for politics, as sports and politics were closely knitted up at these times. No wonder that Hippodrome had been a starting point for revolts and political movements throughout the history.

Echoes of cries by slaves riding chariots in ferocious races; and the passionate words of intellectuals and poets that lit the flame of public movements have still been reminiscent, to those with a powerful imagination.

Hagia Sophia The “Shrine of Holy Wisdom”, the marvelous Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century marks the true beginning of the golden age of Justinianus, the conqueror of Africa and Italy, who achieved lasting fame through the complete revision of all Roman law, resulting in what is known today as the Corpus Juris Civilis.

The domed construction of the sanctuary is an architectural innovation; and was so richly and artistically decorated that Justinian proclaimed, “Solomon, I have outdone thee!  Mankind would have to wait for over millennia before being able to build a cathedral that would surpass the gigantic size of Hagia Sophia. Converted to a Mosque following the Ottoman conquest of the city, by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1453; as the young Sultan fulfilled a divine premonition by the Holy Prophet Mohammad himself. In 1935 the building was converted to a museum, by the executive order of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Culinary Lecture at Nar Restaurant ( Learn and experience how to make a rock candy  from one of the famous chefs of Turkey)  Rock Candy (Akide) – Rock candy (also called rock sugar) is a type of confectionery mineral composed of relatively large sugar crystals. This candy is formed by allowing a supersaturated solution of sugar and water to crystallize onto a surface suitable for crystal nucleation, such as a string or stick.

Grand Bazaar – The largest and the most attractive covered bazaar in the world; where people have been trading diamonds, carpets, food, perfumes, and, even gossip for centuries!

Fun Facts : Turks introduce Tulips to the World and the first shipment from Turkey arrived in Belgium in 1562 and is the only city in the world that sits on two continents, Asia and Europe.

One hour flight to Bodrum, pearl of Aegean coast the Turkish have dubbed ‘St. Tropez’ of Turkey and justly so.   The Greek-style whitewashed houses that dot the hillside and overlook the bays are poster card perfect.

A quick stop at the crumbled yet lasting remains of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders and then on to

St. Peter (Crusaders’) Castle- The Crusader castle was built by the Knights of St. John between 1402 and 1409. The fortifications of the castle consisted of walls to which ramparts and central towers were added. Today the castle’s rooms are used as a museum where findings from the Bronze Age, Mycenaean, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods are exhibited. The castle also houses the largest underwater archaeological museum in Turkey. It is one of the few of its kind in the world. Reconstruction of shipwreck is in display in the museum.

The following day was spent sailing the beautiful bays of Bodrum aboard the the Luxury Private Yacht “DIVA” , sailing by Orak Island, Kisebuku Bay ,Mazı Bay,Cokertme Bay while enjoying a gourmet meal prepared by our personal chef.

The next day we made a journey to visit The House of Virgin Mary.  This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Mother Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived her last days there.

The day continued with adventure as we then explored Ephesus- The Ancient City of Ephesus is one of the crown jewels of mankind’s greatest cultural and historical heritage   We visited the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor including  the Odeon, the Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library and the Great Theatre.

We also discovered Artemission (Diana) Temple -Ephesus is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BCE and destroyed in 401 CE by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom). You  still see the remnants of the huge temple.

Seljuk Castle/ Basilica of St. John-The Basilica of St. John was a basilica in Ephesus that was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century , standing over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. The basilica is on the slopes of Ayasuluk Hill just below the fortress near the center of Seljuk, It is believed that the Apostle John traveled from Jerusalem to the city of Ephesus where he remained for the rest of his life. It was during his time there that Emperor Domitian exiled him to the Isle of Patmos, when Nerva became emperor John was pardoned and returned to Ephesus, where he lived the remainder of his days and completed  Gospel of St. John.

Our afternoon was made unspoiled by stopping and having lunch at an old Greek village in the top of Selcuk mountains well known for typical cherry wine.

As all good things must come to an end our conclusion was a walk through Dario Moreno Street ( Jewish Singer who lived and died in Izmir) to Asansor for watching  the colorful nightlife  of  Izmir.

Asansor-Turkish for “elevator”, derived from the French word ascenseur is a historical building in İzmir, Konak. It was built in 1907 as a work of public service by a wealthy Jewish banker and trader of that period in order to ease passage from the narrow coastline of Karataş to the hillside, the elevator within the building serving to carry people and goods through the steep cliff between the two parts of the quarter.

In time, the small street that led to the building also came to be known under the same name, Asansör Street (Asansör Sokağı). In the 1940s, one of the residents of the street was the singer Dario Moreno, who was to attain fame later.

It was recently restored and since then, became one of the landmarks of İzmir. The street was renamed Dario Moreno Street in memory of the singer.

My only wish is I had more time there to explore the beauty, culture, and legend of Turkey.  All the more reason to go back!.   All of our exceptional accommodations, tours, guides, transportation, and services were provided by Premium Destinations, a leading provider of travel services.  Together with Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways, we will customize a truly one of a kind trip for you or you can enjoy one of their suggested itineraries which you may find at  http://www.honeymoonsandgetaways.com/getaways/turkey

Nancy Barkley- Owner, Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways-877-793-4808

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