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Feb 13, 2016

Turkey: Sunny Days in Selcuk


Our days in Selcuk were filled with sunshine. It was quite a good break from the blistering cold autumn weather during the first two legs of our #SweetEscapesInTurkey. We spent a day and a half in the historical town, and we managed to see most of the major attractions plus a short afternoon trip to the lovely village of Sirince. 

Full day guided tours are available from Pamukkale. but since we wanted freedom (as always), we created a DIY tour itinerary, booked two nights in Ayasoluk Hotel, and purchased one-way bus ticket.

Ephesus and Selcuk itinerary
Hello, sunshine! Hello, Selcuk!

Feb 2, 2016

Street Art Brunch at The Oberoi Dubai


Have you ever wondered what would happen when the infamous Dubai Friday Brunch meets street food and street art? Oh surely, there's a whole lotta foodie fun! 

Nine7One at The Oberoi Dubai introduced an awesome Street Art Brunch concept late last year, and we were able to have a taste of it a few weekends back. The world-cuisine restaurant transforms its sophisticated ambiance into a lively street food market style atmosphere  from 1 to 4pm every Friday. It's casual, eclectic, interactive, and so different from all the regular brunches in the city!

Street Art Brunch at The Oberoi
Street Art Brunch at The Oberoi

Jan 24, 2016

Turkey: Ayasoluk Hotel in the Heart of Selcuk


I dragged my luggage from the bus station to the brick road up the hill, kept my fingers crossed that we're on the right path. We have studied the location map carefully, but since we opted not to subscribe to an international roaming service, our travel best friend - Google wasn't there to confirm if we got the directions correctly. 

An old man who assumed Ed and I were on a honeymoon trip (Hahah!) said we're probably confused as there are two Ayasoluk Hotels in Selcuk. Oh no! The other one is actually Ayasolok which is down the hill, across the main road. I was pretty sure that we're heading to the correct Ayasoluk Hotel as I could already see the landmarks stated in the hotel website - Ayasoluk Castle, Basilica of St. John, Isabey Mosque, but I just don't know which of the many left turns to take. 

After he wished us "Happy Honeymoon" (Gosh, I still couldn't help but laugh), we took his advice, turned left and finally saw a marker in the midst of a charming neighborhood. Few more confusions came, but we eventually arrived at the brick-clad facade of Ayasoluk Hotel. When we entered the courtyard, we were welcomed with open arms by Sarah, the lovely lady who never failed to promptly reply to my subsequent emails! Home, finally!     

Ayasoluk Hotel in Selcuk
Ayasoluk Hotel in Selcuk

Jan 19, 2016

Turkey: How to get to Selcuk from Pamukkale by Bus


Bus or Train? Ed and I were torn between two options when we inquired for tickets to Selcuk in a travel agency in Pamukkale. Train tickets are more affordable, but we had to go to the train station in Denizli which is almost 20 minutes by shuttle bus from Pamukkale. Taking the bus was the best way for us, but another question popped up... which bus?   

Pamukkale Turizm Bus
Pamukkale Turizm Bus

Jan 13, 2016

Travel Video: Sweet Escapes in Pamukkale and Selcuk


It's been almost three months since our Turkey trip. Schedule was pretty tight after, hence we didn't get to share everything in this blog instantly. Sorry! But I'm really thankful to those who appreciates the snippets that we have shared in our social media handles. Huge huge THANKS for the private messages, especially the queries! It kept the memories alive and it inspired us to go on with our #SweetEscapesInTurkey blog series.

This may be a little late, but I'm soooo excited to finally share our travel video diaries in Pamukkale and Selcuk; mounted and made special by the husband!

Jan 10, 2016

Turkey: Paragliding in Pamukkale


Based on the title alone, I guess you all know that this post was written by Ed. Heheh. Here are seven reasons why he thinks paragliding in Pamukkale is a must-do. He hopes this can somehow convince me to try it out if we get another opportunity in the future. Hmmm, we'll see! :)  - Lady  

After the 10-hour bus trip from Cappadocia to Pamukkale and a 3-hour rest at Melrose Viewpoint Hotel, I kicked off the second leg of our Turkey trip  with an extreme adventure. Paragliding! I really felt it was a great way to start our three days stay in Pamukkale town. It would have been better if Lady did it as well though. Hahah! 

I was excited to paraglide over the travertine terraces, but not as excited as I was when I was going for skydiving above Palm Jumeirah. I mean, paragliding is on my list, however I aim to do it first in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Dream on! Hahah! 

But then again, who could resist the urge of having a bird's-eye view of the magnificent white travertines of Pamukkale? I had the opportunity, I couldn't just stand there and let it pass. 

Paragliding in Pamukkale
Paragliding in Pamukkale