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

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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My Jordan Journey!

My Jordan Journey.



For those of you who are ready to explore a destination unlike any other in the world, I welcome you to Jordan.  I have been home just 2 weeks and still cannot stop telling people about this extraordinary country that exceeded every one of my expectations during my visit.

Jordan is a country located on the east bank of the River Jordan. Almost half of Jordan is covered by the Arabian Desert. It is a country covering an area of 35,637 square miles, comparable to the size of Indiana.    Jordan offers a diverse terrain and landscape  usually found only in larger countries.

Our host, the Jordan Tourism Board, met us at the airport.  While they were processing our Visas, we easily checked in with friends and families at home thanks to the WIFI at the Amman airport.  Once outside, we  were escorted to our lavish tour bus, equipped comfortable seating, WIFI,  and TV channels at our fingertips.

On our first full day we visited Jerash, located about 45 kilometers from Amman, and considered to be one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy.

Their state of preservation is absolutely remarkable.

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Wine making in Jordan?  Yes indeed!  And that is where we went that evening,  In Amman, the place to go is The Winemaker, a boutique wine tasting venue  that carries the international award-winning St. George wines.  The winemaker himself is Oscar Zumot, who pioneered the modern era of winemaking in Jordan.   Our wonderful evening of wine tasting was paired with a delicious Jordanian dinner.

Next day we headed south to the Eastern Banks of The River Jordan, known as Bethany-Beyond –the -Jordan.   The baptism of Jesus, by John the Baptist, most likely took place on the Jordanian side of the Jordan River.   Pope Francis visited Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan in May 24, 2014 .  “The place where we are meeting commemorates Jesus’ baptism,” the pope told an assembly at the Church of the Baptism of Jesus (of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem). “Coming here to the Jordan to be baptized by John, Jesus showed his humility and his participation in our human condition.”

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We then drove a short distance to Mt. Nebo.   After 40 years leading the Israelites in the desert, Moses stood on the summit of Mount Nebo and viewed the Promised Land of Canaan — after having been told by God “you shall not cross over there”.

We were very fortunate to have a clear day, and saw the panoramic view seen by Moses  : The Dead Sea, the Jordan River valley, Jericho, Bethlehem and the distant hills of Jerusalem.

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We then continued south to the “Lost City” of Petra.  Literally carved straight into  red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces, the prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was “lost” to the Western world for hundreds of years.

Located amongst rugged desert canyons and mountains in what is now the southwestern corner of Jordan , Petra was once a flourishing trading center and the capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106.

The city sat empty and in near ruin for centuries. Not until the early 1800s did a European traveler disguise himself in Bedouin costume and penetrate the mysterious locale.

In 1985, the Petra Archaeological Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and in 2007 it was named one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Words can not describe this amazing “rose red city” , so I hope my pictures help.

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The following day we went to Wadi Rum, a protected area covering 720 square kilometers of dramatic desert wilderness in the south of Jordan.   Our scheduled 2 hour jeep tour was cut a little short because of upcoming sand storm, but so much fun none the less as we waited for it to pass in tent.  While inside we were served delicious tea and explained and demonstrated the different scarf garments by extremely hospitable Bedouins.   After a traditional Jordanian lunch, camel ride time, where Lawrence of Arabia once frequented.

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Wadi Rum attracts more and more adventure seekers, offering some of the finest rock climbing in the world and is a spectacular place for desert trekking and safaris (camels, horses and vehicles)

Last day, getting down and dirty in the Dead Sea.

  • Dead Sea is neither dead nor a sea. It’s actually a lake sandwiched between Israel and Jordan.
  • The Dead Sea’s salinity averages between 33.7 to 35 per cent — nearly ten times higher than the norm, making it one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world.
  • The lowest point on dry land, located 423 metres below sea level.
  • The sea’s main source of water comes from the Jordan River and receives very little rainfall.
  • The water’s saltiness makes it denser than the human body allowing everyone to float no matter what your body type.
  • It’s said that the salty waters and mineral-mud work wonders for people with skin conditions or sore joints.
  • Aristotle, the Queen of Sheba, King Solomon and Cleopatra were all familiar with the healing properties of Dead Sea water and mud. King Herod & King David both used the Dead Sea as a spa and retreat 

After I floated in the Dead Sea for 15 minutes it was time to test the famous Dead Sea mud.  The staff at the Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort & Resort caked on layers of the thick mud and told me to wait 20 minutes before rinsing off and the offering me plush towels.

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I was sad to leave, and I would  love to go back as there are many things to still explore.  Who would like to join me?

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

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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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Runaway Bride Destination Weddings has partnered with Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways to create an extraordinary and unique destination wedding experience for brides and their grooms.

Kimberly Richmond and Nancy Barkley, A-List destination wedding experts, offer brides a wedding experience in unique settings and service without limitations.

What does this venture mean for brides and grooms?  Finally, Destination Wedding Experts offering a hands-on approach while providing creative customization of every event with flawless execution and 5-star service.  Couples will have a dedicated team adept at handling the unique nuptial “tasks” from honing in on the perfect flower arrangement in a remote destination to navigating the requirements for a legally-binding union far from home. The partnership will benefit couples who are looking for personal, intimate service, as opposed to generic on-line “destination wedding sites” and “cookie-cutter weddings.”

Destination weddings can be stressful, so you are invited to Run Away with them, place your “wish list” in their capable hands and allow them to stage your dream wedding.

Both Kimberly Richmond, owner of Runaway Bride Destination Weddings and Nancy Barkley, owner of Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways started in the Destinations Wedding business the old- fashioned way – by planning their own destination wedding.  Kimberly and Nancy realize the importance of working with someone you trust and this partnership promises to make your wishes come true.

Leave it to the Experts:

Runaway Bride Destination Weddings is a boutique destination wedding company specializing in luxurious hideaways all over the world. They represent select properties in unique locales and partner only with exclusive venues.

Services are customized for each individual, starting from the first meeting with the bride and groom, through the “Big Day.”

Runaway Bride Destination Weddings personally researches every destination they book and hand picks every vendor they propose. Because of their established relationships in each destination, they are able to obtain “preferred pricing,” which in turn, assures you the best “bang for your buck.” Their “quality, versus quantity” philosophy defines their approach and validates them as veritable connoisseurs of the places they recommend.

Runaway Bride Destination Weddings will guide you every step of the way, allowing you and your groom to be “guests” at your own wedding, while leaving the tedious details behind.

Contact information: http://www.runawaybridedestinations.com k.richmond@runawaybridedestinations.com

Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways is a leading full service travel agency which has built a valued reputation based on expertise, attention to every detail and unrivaled customer service. They specialize in Destination Wedding, Honeymoon, and Luxury Travel.  Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways is committed to their clients and will provide you the best travel experience available. Travel with Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways and you will quickly become accustomed to an exceptional level of service at competitive prices.

Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways go the extra mile for every single client. By leveraging their buying power of partners they are able to offer superior value added amenities, upgrades, and more. Rely on their team of travel experts whose combined in-depth destination knowledge offers more than 75 years of travel experience.  Most importantly, they are here for you, before, during, and after the trip!

Contact Information- http://www.honeymoonsandgetaways.com   nancy@honeymoonsandgetaways.com

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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Planning your Destination Wedding

So, you want to have a Destination Wedding? Something different, unique, nontraditional, that is great. However, do your guests want to be part of a Destination Wedding? This is the first dilemma when you decide on having your wedding in a different country or state.  Aunt Sue, who does not have a passport or has never been on a plane, does not want to fly anywhere, yet alone to a country where she does not speak the language.    Brides and Grooms, my first piece of advice is to make a list of absolutely “must be there” guests and make sure they can attend. The last thing you want to do is get six months into the planning and then have somebody back out.   Of course, I have planned Destination Weddings, with the above being the very reason for the couple chose to have a Destination Wedding, knowing Aunt Sue will not go- if that is the case, then carry on and have your Destination Wedding, you know your family and friends best.

Location, Location, Location- where to have your Destination Wedding?   A lot of this depends on where you and your guests are physically located and how far you would like your guests to travel.   If you are traveling to another county, researching air lift helps prevent many troubles before they begin.  Also, looking at a map helps the geographically challenged, trust me, one cannot drive to Hawaii.

When to have your Destination Wedding?  Mother Nature is an important part of the wedding party.  The Caribbean is a popular choice for many couples, with summer being popular because children are out of school and summer usually provides more vacation time for guests.  However, summer starts Hurricane Season in the Caribbean, so it is advisable to plan on a different time.   In this situation, advance planning is key to allow guests enough time to request off. You can perhaps take advantage of long holiday weekends that will not be during hurricane season, or typhoon season or  weather events at your destination.  While on the topic of children, if you would like an adult only event, the same rules apply to a Destination Wedding as a local wedding.  Save the Dates and invitations should be address only to those who are invited, meaning if the children names are left off, they are not invited.

So you have the date, you have the location, what type of wedding are you going to have?  Legal, religious? Symbolic.    For legal weddings, many countries require you to be in their country a certain amount of time before wedding and have blood tests taken locally as well as papers translated.  For religious, it is not always easy to find say a priest or rabbi in certain areas.  For many the religious ceremonies, it is less complicated to fly, your rabbi with you to perform ceremony.  All of this can be done when planned ahead of time.  Also, just because you have chosen an exotic destination, you can still walk down a literal church aisle.  Many venues provide a traditional chapel at their location.   If choosing a legal ceremony, I find more and more brides getting married legally ahead of time and doing symbolic ceremony at location (which can look exactly like a legal ceremony) if you do not wish your guests to know, they will be none to the wiser.

Regardless of when you have to arrive at your destination for residency requirements, please allow yourself an extra day, especially if you are flying.  Weather and flight cancellations can delay travel and giving yourself extra time can avoid a problem before it happens.  Also, I do not suggest shipping your wedding dress, EVER, I cannot tell you the horror stories of dresses being caught up in customs.  Same goes for gifts you bring on the flight for guests.  Ideally, purchase locally or bring with you unwrapped.

Being a bit of control freak myself and having planned my own Destination Wedding, I quickly learned you need to let go of some of the control.  So, if you are a hand-on bride, be forewarned, to avoid a lot of unnecessary stress, give up of some of the power.  If at all possible, I always suggest visiting the destination you have chosen and meeting all the players that will be involved in your wedding.  If this is not possible, make sure you work with reputable travel and wedding professionals who provide references and then call the references that are most recent.  Once you are comfortable that your Destination Wedding Team is prepared to handle everything, introduce them to your Decision Making Team.  Establish an initial conference call. Discuss the entire wedding process and establish a realistic time line for everything involved for your wedding and who will be doing what.    From there, you can send pictures and detailed description of exactly what you are envisioning for flowers, table settings etc.  Just like communication is vital for your marriage, it is very important with your wedding planner.

Have your Destination Team recommend a local photographer at your destination that has knowledge of the local area, for some great unique photos you will always cherish.    Always have a Plan B for wedding location.  You do not want to think of inclement weather for your wedding day but it happens, and having an alternative location selected ahead of time will help you avoid undue stress.

This is your day, decide on exactly how both of you envision it, communicate it with your Destination Wedding Team and let them take it from there.  When planning a Destination Wedding, try not to get caught up in making everything perfect, role with whatever comes your way and it is your wedding day and it will amazing!

Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways,  Destination Wedding Specialits have been planning unique, one of a kind weddings for over 20 years.  Visit their website at www.honeymoonsandgetaways.com  Facebook at www.facebook.com/honeymoonsandgetaways  or call them today at 877 – 793 – 4808.