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Every year, my two sisters, Mum and I escape for a weekend. Between all of the children, dogs, and general cacophony of noise that our family has, it’s pretty rare we manage an entire conversation together. It seemed only right that we start escaping to places where we could squeeze in some fairly serious R&R, a nice walk, a dinner we could get dressed up for, and beds for us to sink into at the end of it all… We like to switch it up and this year we chose Luton Hoo. I’d heard a lot about Luton Hoo and was super excited to experience it for myself. I adore Autumn, and the drive up to Luton Hoo does not disappoint – lined by trees in shades of liquid amber, a winding road leads you to a stately home, and a little further on, the accommodation. We arrived and headed straight…

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Nothing could prepare me for the beauty of the next place we were set to visit. As we set sail once again, this time in pursuit of sunken ruins, we still couldn’t quite believe our luck as the sun shone on our faces and the conditions favoured us, hurrying us along our way. The sunken ruins are beautiful; although really this was only a small part of our trip, the real beauty came when we docked a short distance from the island of Kekova. I guess this was one of my other misconceptions of Turkey – I don’t know where this stems from particularly but I guess I never really thought of it as a beautiful place, but Turkey continued to prove me wrong. And this next place, absolutely kicked my misconceptions to the curb… Kekova looks like it belongs in a film – it looks like a tiny island…

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As I mentioned at the start of this series, I (slightly shamefully) had some misconceptions about Turkey. I remembered a trip years before where I’d felt a bit uncomfortable as a woman on her own in Turkey – but, a lot’s changed in recent years. Turkish tourism was hit incredibly hard in 2016 after car bombs went off in Istanbul; the Turkish economy has taken some time to recover. We were told by locals that tourism as a viable part of the economy, had been perhaps taken for granted previously, but now that things were on the up again, the Turkish were determined to retain status as one of the most hospitable places on earth, and when you readjust your perceptions to understand this you realise that it rivals that of places like Dubai. Nothing would underpin this more, than when we docked in the little port town of Kaş (pronounced ‘cash’).…

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It was still impossible to imagine anything that could quite top the azure blues of Butterfly Valley – but we set sail, lying out on the deck to watch the world go by.

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We sat at the stern of the boat, S, myself and three strangers, as well as our captain (or ‘Kaptan’), cook and deck hand.A map was spread out on the mahogany table, as we were talked through the route we’d be taking down the Turkish coastline, with our first stop a short ride away to a secluded part of Samanlik Bay. We felt so euphoric; beautiful blue waters and full of the sense of adventure that lay ahead. It’s almost impossible to keep S and I out of the sea – we love it; so, seconds after the boat had anchored, we were in some of the clearest water I’d seen, swimming out to rope swings and jumping off the rocks and into the water. We settled in that night to dinner and cards, and our first night below deck. I rarely lie in, and less so when I’m somewhere new…

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  “You’ll love it! I’ve paid the deposit, let’s just go… please?”. You might remember my friend S, who encourages me to adventure all the time. I’m also convinced she might be the death of me given some of the things she somehow persuades me to do. This time, it was staying on a traditional Gulet in Turkey. Begrudgingly I said yes, with ‘you can always cancel‘ hovering quite firmly at the back of my mind. As the days rolled by, our departure date drawing closer, work was intensifying and if nothing else I needed the break. I had some misconceptions about Turkey, and wasn’t all that keen on sharing a tiny room with strangers, but if I’d known what I know now, you’d never have been able to stop me from going to Turkey; spoiler alert – it’s my favourite ever holiday. Our travel time to Turkey saw us land in…

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Autumn is an absolutely maddening time of year for me. I absolutely love it – I think, it’s probably safe to say its my favourite part of the year; There are SO many things I like about it, in fact I have a few key favourite things; 1 – Fairy lights and candles. Darker evenings? No problem at all, time just to get cosy and chill out. 2 – Big, cosy throws – sod the heating, its the perfect time to pile up under blankets. 3 – A large glass of red wine whilst it rains outside (Side note: this is how I know I’m old because this is approx 1000x more appealing than going out on a Saturday is to me now!) 4 – Knitwear. I’m not a huge fan of my figure anyway but I do love the opportunity autumn presents to throw on a softer-than-butter chunky knit…

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  It’s a strange old world this blogging stuff. I love having a creative outlet, especially one where I can share photos – probably the part of blogging I love most, but from time to time, there’s so many external politics in blogging. For those not in the know, there was a recent ‘scandal’ within the blogging community whereby one of the company’s providing themes to numerous bloggers allegedly installed some ‘other stuff’ (I have no idea about the technical complexities behind this) behind the scenes. I checked my Domain Authority (I have no idea about the technical complexities behind this) and saw that my meagre 20, had dropped six points to 14. Great. I didn’t know much about the inner workings of these things, just that They Were Not Good, and definitely something to bemoan on my Twitter timeline, alongside everyone else complaining about the same problems. I put…

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