Turkey is one of those countries that’ll shock your senses with it’s array of colours, sounds, textures, tastes and smells. Everything is vibrant and will awaken both you and your senses.
My journey to Turkey through the five senses with Thomas Cook Airlines recently made me desperate to visit Turkey, in particular Antalaya for the wonderfully preserved old city district of Kaleiçi. Antalya is the biggest city on the Turquoise Coast, and has a the impressive backdrop of the Taurus mountains. However it is also home to some of the region’s most interesting historical sites such as Hıdırlık Tower and Hadrian’s Gate.
But first, let’s explore what Turkey is like without even having to leave your house with a journey through the #5SensesofTurkey…
First, put this clip on loop and listen to the lively beats of the Ahenkli music team and their authentic Turkish music. Turkish music has a sense of the exotic about it and I think it’s that in particular that attracts me to Turkey. It’s a far cry from what you hear on the radio in England and I love the difference!
Surround yourself in colour
London isn’t the greyest of cities, it has it green spaces and coloured buildings, but Turkey? Well that’s a whole different ball game. Turkey is awash with vibrant colours, yellows, reds, blues, pinks… Add splashes of colour to your home through beautifully tiled decorations, deep red throws or cushions and break out from the monochrome scenery that so often surrounds us.
Prepare a Turkish feast
Turkish cuisine is largely associated with kebabs. But quick, get that thought of dirty 3am kebabs out of your head. A Turkish kebab is so much tastier! A Turkish feast should include such foodie delights as lightly spiced lamb koftas, flavours of cumin, pomegranate, fresh fish from the seaside towns and of course a good dollop of proper Turkish yoghurt to dip it all in.
All that food needs some drink to go with it so introduce yourself to the very easy to drink Turkish wine or get experimenting and create your own dangerously tasty Turkish cocktails. Simply shake together vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao & rose water to create a Antalyan Dream Turkish Delight Martini. I’ll leave the quantities up to you ;)!
Smell the rose(water)s
Turkey is full of exotic scents just waiting to be discovered around every corner. Popular scents include rose water, one that often reminds people of their grandparents, orange blossom, cardamom and the very special myrrh. When you’re smelling them out of these gorgeous vials they’re even more special. Fill your bathroom with some Turkish scents and get ready for the next step…
Turkish baths, or hammams, are the perfect way to unwind all whilst experiencing a traditional Turkish ritual. The term Hammam means bath in Arabic and usually involves a mixture of heat and exfoliation and a massage in relaxing essential oils. We were taught how to make our own, completely chemical free, facial exfoliant out of coffee, salt and oil, with the help of Midas Touch Crafts. So easy and much kinder to your skin!
Have you visited Turkey? Which sense would you be most excited about exploring?