Our evening/night in London yesterday proved to be a rather interesting and fun one! To celebrate the launch of their new routes to Turkey, Thomas Cook airlines invited a group of travel loving Londoners (quite a few of us there were bloggers actually…) to a special sensory evening where we got to indulge our senses in Turkish delights. I mean this literally and figuratively – I’m halfway through a box of Turkish delights as we speak… but I digress. Till this evening, I had no clue Thomas Cook did flights to different destinations (like in Turkey, they have flights to 4 destination -Izmir, Bodrum, Dalaman & Antalya) – I’ve always known them to be a package holiday company so the idea of booking flights with them has opened up a new series of possibilities when it comes to hunting for deals on flights. I didn’t go armed with my camera but thanks to my trusty iPhone, I managed to snap quite a few photos from the night! Shall we begin?
SENSE 1 – TASTE
Anyway, back to the evening, like I mentioned earlier, the whole event was all about immersing your 5 senses in Turkish charm and we wasted no time doing so. Starting with the food of course – I was on that like food like Winnie The Pooh is on honey and I didn’t stop till it was all gone (or till I got a couple of cocktails in). The food was absolutely delicious – so much so that at one point, Lloyd tried stealing the food right outta my hand when he got too lazy to reach for another piece form the table… little did he know I had almost military precision and lightening speed when it comes to putting food in my mouth!
Almost forgot – there was lots of Turkish wines available and cocktails
SENSE 2 – FEEL
The next sense we explored was all to do with pampering yourself with home made Turkish skin products. When I say home made I mean it – you literally make the products while you’re there. We (Georgia, Lloyd and I) all initially thought about going for different ingredients but we all went for the same thing in the end. It was a combination of brown sugar, jojoba oil and rose water and it supposed to be a great moisturising scrub for the skin. I have to confess here – after I made my mine, I couldn’t resist the smell. I think it must have been the rose water but it smelt delicious and seeing as every ingredient was all natural and edible. I may have licked almost all of my ‘skincare potion’ out of the jar. I say almost, the rest of it I applied to my elbow… and a few minutes later tried to lick my elbow clean once I ran out of the product in the jar. (FYI, I did not succeed in licking my elbow. The only thing I succeeded in doing was looking downright silly. Darn, delicious home made skin creams…)
SENSE 3 – HEAR
This was ever present throughout the night in the form of two Turkish musicians who serenaded us as we excitedly ran around the room trying everything out and sipping on our delicious cocktails…
Random aside – that cocktail above looks like nothing really but tastes so amazing! It was definitely one of our favourites of the evening and a rather pleasant surprise!
SENSE 4 – SMELL
There was a Turkish perfumery stand on offer too for us to try out different smells on the table! There was even Frankincense on the table (which always seems like one of those things I’ve heard of but never seen – kinda like a real life gold bullion). It was a lot harder to describe than most of the other sensory items but this is because smells are one of those things that generally have to be experienced in person to have any idea of what it’s really like. For this reason, I won’t even bother trying to describe it to you. One thing I do know though is that by the time I left this perfumery stand – my convictions to go to Turkey has pretty much been converted to an obsession! I wanna go sooooo sooooooooooo very much!
SENSE 5 – SEE
This was perhaps one of the most fun parts of the night! We got to play dress up and try out different Turkish outfits. I knew what I wanted pretty much straight away! I went for the red hat and the embroidered jacket (which, by the way, I got to keep at the end of the night) and Lloyd and Georgia went for other different styles of Turkish attire. Needless to say – at this point, lots of selfies were taken (and I mean LOTS) – complete with what I think should now be our trademark pouts! Best part of this all was that there was a competition to win a goodie bag for the best dressed lot. We won!!! I never really win competitions so I was very giddy with excitement when they announced the winner!!! 🙂 We picked up the goodie bag and tried to behave ourselves for the rest of the evening (I say ‘tried’) but by the time we got on the train to go home, we threw all of our dignity out the window while we scrambled like hyenas over the contents of the bag (I got the best bit I think – the bag itself! No more carrying out my wet swim trunks on the beach in plastic Tesco bags! Hehehe! Henceforth, I will now officially become a classy traveller)