Monday, 28 July 2014

My Home Town #2

I happened to find myself in the city today for a lunch date with some friends (when does anything I do not include food?)  and feeling quite full afterwards (it probably wasn't totally necessary for us to get two large starters and main courses) I suggested we take a quick stroll around the Cathedral area before heading back to the car.

Although we walked around/past Norwich Cathedral we didn't go in - something I haven't done since a school trip in middle school! I don't even really know if you're allowed to just wander in. 

 Norwich Cathedral was built in 1096 (that's when they started it anyway) and the work commenced in 1145. It's spire, measuring at 315 ft is the second tallest in England (after Salisbury, I believe) despite it having to be rebuilt after being struck by lightening in 1169.

We also stopped to pay our respects at Edith Cavell's grave. A nurse during the First World War, Edith Cavell was executed by the German Army for helping both British/French soldiers and German soldiers to safety. She was originally buried in Belgium where she died, but was later moved to her home county.

I don't actually know what this last picture is of, but I quite liked the building so I snapped away anyway.

So that was my little after lunch stroll. Hope you enjoyed having a peak at another area from my home city!

Shel x

Friday, 25 July 2014

My Week in Turkey Part 3

Carrying on from my last post, I wanted to share my last few pics from Turkey with you. I have a whole lot more pictures than just the ones I'm putting on here, but you don't all need to see my best friend and I taking numerous selfies after that second bottle of wine we didn't need...

So today I'm going to show you some snaps from the boat trip I went on, catching our ride from Fethiye. We had around four stops on this trip where you could get off and swim and/or explore any islands that we were docking at. 

It's not that I'm boring (ok, I'm a little boring) but I'm not one of those 'leap off the top deck of the boat with great abandonment' people. Mainly because I wear contact lenses so that I'm not blind and water in your eyes + contact lenses = not a pleasant mix. Also, the tour man told us to beware of the sea urchins just before every one started leaping. Soz, but with my track record with bad luck, I really didn't need to be emerging from the sea with an urchin attached to my plentiful hip. So I sat back and took in the views....and fell asleep. A lot.

So anyway, our trip began from Fethiye, where the view from the harbour looked a little something like this:

And they had funky bush sculptures (anyone else really want to try and get in that carriage?!)

Then we boarded our mighty vessel to conquer the high seas.

Ok so this wasn't really our boat. But a girl can dream, right? Anyway, onto the islandy stuff. Keep your eyes peeled, you might even see some goats!


After our long and sleepy day on the boat we headed back to our hotel where we indulged in, yes, more food! This time for me it was Calamari - which I adore! Which is strange because I'm not usually the biggest fan of fishy type stuff. And maybe we had more wine. Maybe.

Now then, if you made it this far all the way to the end of this post, I'm going to give you a special treat. Very special. It's a picture of me, looking horrendous. With a parrot on my head. You can't make this stuff up.

You're welcome.

Shel x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

My Week in Turkey Part 2

When I left you last time, I'd shown you the pictures from my hotel and the frantically busy market in Fethiye. Today I thought I'd share with you some of the more low key moments from the trip. The best thing about Hisaronu is that it's a handy distance away from both Fethiye and Olu Deniz, so you're never more than a few minutes ride away by Dolmus (the mini bus taxi services)

The Dolmus are quick and easy for getting around and they'll usually stop for you if you fling your arm out - plus they're really cheap. It cost us 3 lira to get to the beach in Olu Deniz which is something like a quid (if that). Although we did spend a considerable amount of time whiling away the time poolside, we wanted to make an effort to get out and see the area, so we made a trip to the beach and Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz.

You can go on any part of the beach, but if you walk all the way up the long strip of beach front, you eventually come to a hut where you have to pay for entrance to the Blue Lagoon, which is the opposite side to the slightly breezier beach (it cost us 6 lira to get in). 

It's definitely worth a look as the aptly named blue water lagoon is nestled amongst the surrounding mountains with gentle waters ideal for swimming in. Be warned though, there was a lot of activity here and lots of families with kids. If you want it a bit more relaxing then skip over to the other side and use the beach. It's very picturesque though and worth a visit.

If you do prefer the beach side, then you'll be able to see all the para gliders floating gracefully down from the mountain tops. They come down in their scores so it's quite something to behold.

I'm a sucker for cute animals and the cats out there are teeny tiny. I'm not sure if they were 'feral' or not but they certainly seemed happy enough when everyone fed them scraps from the table. There were about four kittens too, but they were too flighty to sit still for me to get a picture of. This one is the mummy cat and she's so small!

Of course, I couldn't let another post go by and not share some more food with you. This time I had the lemon chicken (again from the Pine Hills restaurant where we were staying) which was yum.

Anyways, I have a few more snaps to come in part 3, so keep an eye out for it!

Shel x

Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Week in Turkey Part 1

I've been to Turkey a few times before and had previously already fallen a little bit in love with the country - it's stunning scenery and friendly people, but my visit to Hisaronu, a village nestled in the pine clad mountains was something else. My friend and I hit the jack pot with our hotel, the Pine Hills Hotel and Suites where we had a fantastic suite with the friendliest staff you could ever ask for.

We had two balconies with our room, one which over looked the hotel reception desk with the stunning mountains as a back drop. You could see the mountains from the pool area too (hard not to in Hisaronu as you're pretty much surrounded by them) which made for a pretty decent view when sunbathing. Not a bad sight to wake up to every morning, I can tell you!

The service and food at our hotel restaurant was exceptional. The staff would pull out chairs for you, chat to you and serve out all your drinks for you - how this place is only listed as 3 stars I don't know, it felt more like 5. Word of warning though, portion sizes are huuuuuge so make sure you're really hungry when you go for a meal. My meal on the first day was the Lamb Tandir, with the most tender lamb I've ever had served in a honey gravy - it's a must. The wine wasn't half bad either!

We took a trip to Fethiye for their large market during the week too. This is the place to go if you want to haggle and try to get a good bargain! We were a bit nervous about doing this at the start but soon realised they expect it and we had fun doing it. There's so much to see here, it could take you hours to get round it all, especially as every stall holder will call you in to look at their merchandise. They like to call out names to you as well, so I got called everything from Ginger Spice to J- Lo. Bit of a variation there eh?

I couldn't resist all the bright stalls and had to make a few purchases. But all the food was making my tummy rumble so one of the first things I bought was a huge bag of fresh cherries which probably cost me just a couple of pounds and they were soooo nice!

We had a Turkish bath while we were out there too, something I hadn't experienced before. It's very intimate but something definitely worth doing, I don't think there's anything quite like it here at home! For obvious reasons I couldn't get any pictures of the whole bathing experience but I did snap the cup of fruit tea that they made us while we relaxed. 

That's it for part 1 of my trip to Turkey, well done if you made it all the way to the bottom of the post!
See you guys soon for part 2...

Shel x

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Bargain Buy #7 (Felt Tip Liner)

Ok, so this discovery has easily shaved a good five minutes off my routine in the morning. I rarely leave the house without my trademark black liner across my lash line but lately it was beginning to be so time consuming I was considering retiring the liner. Seriously.

Then I thought of all these felt tip liners doing the rounds but wasn't sure if I'd get on with them. So when I nipped into Primarni the other week and (accidentally) bought some of their cosmetic bags, I also picked up their PS I love... black felt tip liner.

It cost £1.50 which seems utterly ridiculous when you compare it to it's higher end counterparts. It's a highly attractive price when you're trying out something new and you're not sure if you're over keen. I quite like the packaging of it actually; it's nothing offensive, pretty sleek and has some not unattractive gold lettering on the side.

Pigmentation wise, it's maybe not the best you're going to get but it's far from the worst liner I've ever tried. Over the top of darker eye shadows it might struggle to stand out, on it's own it works ok though. I've been wearing mine to work all day and aside from the colour perhaps fading ever so slightly, it's not completely disappeared off my eye lids. Nice of it to stick around, huh?

It's completely fuss free, you don't need a brush, just whip off the lid and you're ready to start applying. I think I thought the brush would be too fat and I wouldn't get the line that I want but I've not struggled with it at all. I might think about taking this on holiday with me as it means I don't need to take a brush too. I would suggest keeping this in your hand bag if you're someone who finds yourself needing to do 'day- to -night' make ups on the run.

Over all, I'm impressed with this product. It's the first Primark make up item that I've tried in years and I don't think I was expecting it to be as nice as it is. For a special occasion, I'd probably still be busting out my gel/cream liner and using a brush but for every day, this is ideal and so so easy too use.  Well done Primark!

Shel x