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In 2013 I was in Antalya, a city in Turkey. It was the first time that I immersed myself in oriental luxury. Glitz and opulence were the watchwords. We stayed at the Spice Hotel & Spa for 4 days, heaven.
The interiors were all gold, there was a spa, restaurants with buffet immense and various three times a day, a shop selling handbags and luxury accessories (we’re talking about Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès .. It was here that I bought my first LV clutch), indoor and outdoor bar, private access to the sea with the possibility of the jet ski rentals, and an infinity pool that surrounded the entire hotel, creating an oasis of peace, between fountains and architectures typically Islamic.

My days began with a sweet-salty hearty breakfast on the outside restaurant tables.
Then I went to the beach where there was almost never anyone since it was April, and I collected shells. My suitcase weighed 1k more for all the collected shells …
I spent mornings exploring that huge place: stone gazebo, sculptures of elephants and other symbols of that culture, a stage on the pool with its huge Oscar statues, cats and birds everywhere, bridges. From the glass elevator I could see the pool from above.
After lunch, I went down to read on board pools, often changing deckchair chasing the shadow (I had burned the first day, and then I had to stay in the shade ..). Usually I stopped to grab a soft drink at one of the pool bar: the barman created drinks that change colors. And in the evening I went to drink tea at the indoor bar, where there was a saxophone turned into a coffee machine.
There was relaxing music. People who smoked hookah. Aromas in the air and colorful lighted lanterns. For how much ostentation and excess could be on every corner, for how many colors mixed together and combined styles, everything was absolutely perfect.
Often in the afternoon I went to the indoor pools in the spa, where the steam made it possible to get wet (too cold outside). In the evening I hold back on the balcony to observe the pink sunsets. The room and the bathroom made me feel like Shahrazād in the palace of the Sultan Shāhrīyār.
The last night there was an oriental theme party: I was sewing an harem pants and a green shawl (asking for help a seamstress friend for cut the cloth), combined with a nude paillettes top, jeweled sandals of Sorrento, stone moonlights as bindi, huge earrings, excessive make-up.

Throughout our stay we didn’t left the hotel even once. And no wonder: how much gold and glitz there had corresponded external poverty, inversely proportional values. It seems to me that all the East living with the absurd coexistence of excessive wealth and extreme poverty. A marriage without interaction and without intermediate disposable income classes.
Anyway I immersed myself in an oriental dream like One Thousand and One Nights I will never forget. xx


Nel 2013 ero ad Antalya, una città della Turchia. Era la prima volta che mi immergevo nel lusso orientale. Sfarzo e opulenza erano le parole d’ordine. Siamo stati allo Spice Hotel&Spa per 4 giorni, il paradiso.
Gli interni erano tutti oro, c’era una spa, ristoranti con buffet immensi e vari tre volte al giorno, un negozio con borse e accessori di lusso (parliamo di Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès.. È stato qui che ho acquistato la mia pochette LV), bar interni ed esterni, accesso privato al mare con possibilità di noleggio delle moto d’acqua, ed una piscina infinita che circondava l’intero hotel creando oasi di pace, tra fontane e architetture tipicamente islamiche.

Le mie giornate iniziavano con una colazione abbondante dolce-salata sui tavolini esterni al ristorante. Poi andavo in spiaggia, dove non c’era quasi mai nessuno essendo aprile, e raccoglievo conchiglie. La mia valigia pesava 1 kilo in più per tutte le conchiglie raccolte…
Trascorrevo la mattinata girando in esplorazione di quel posto enorme, tra gazebo in pietra, sculture di elefanti e altri simboli di quella cultura, un palco sulla piscina con sue enormi statue degli Oscar, gatti e uccelli ovunque, ponticelli. Dall’ascensore di vetro si vedevano le piscine dall’alto.
Dopo il pranzo, scendevo a leggere a bordo piscine, cambiando spesso lettino rincorrendo l’ombra (mi ero ustionata il primo giorno, e quindi dovevo restare in ombra..). Mi fermavo a prendere un drink analcolico ad uno dei bar sulla piscina: il barman creava drink che cambiavano colore. E verso sera andavo a bere un tea al bar interno, dove c’era un sassofono trasformato in macchinetta per il caffè.
C’era musica rilassante. Persone che fumavano il narghilè. Aromi nell’aria e colorate lanterne accese. Per quanta ostentazione ed eccesso potesse esserci in ogni angolo, per quanti colori mischiati insieme e stili combinati, tutto era assolutamente perfetto.
Spesso nel pomeriggio andavo alle piscine interne alla spa, dove il vapore rendeva possibile bagnarsi (troppo freddo fuori). La sera mi trattenevo sul balconcino ad osservare i tramonti rosa. La camera e il bagno mi facevano sentire Shahrazād nel palazzo del sultano Shāhrīyār.
L’ultima sera c’era una festa a tema orientale: io avevo cucito, facendomi aiutare per il cartamodello da un’amica sarta, un pantalone harem e uno scialle verdi, abbinati ad un top nude di paillettes, sandali gioiello di Sorrento, pietra di luna come bindi, orecchini enormi, make-up eccessivo.

Durante tutto il soggiorno non abbiamo lasciato l’hotel neanche una volta. E non c’è da stupirsi: a quanto oro e sfarzo ci fosse corrispondeva la povertà esterna, due valori inversamente proporzionali. Mi sembra che tutto l’Oriente conviva con l’assurda coesistenza di eccessiva ricchezza ed estrema povertà. Un connubio senza interazioni e senza classi di intermedia disponibilità economica.
Ad ogni modo mi sono immersa in un sogno orientale da Mille e Una Notte che non dimenticherò. xx

OUTFITS

JERSEY: H&M
SHORTS: Mango
TIGHTS: Calzedonia
SHOES: Unbranded

TOP: Tally Weill
PANTS: Created by myself
SHOES: Sorrento’s sandals

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    vanessa
    12 August 2016 at 23:05

    wow so pretty!

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      dasynka
      13 August 2016 at 12:08

      Thanks! xx

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    Nora Gouma
    12 August 2016 at 13:34

    Breathtaking pictures, great post as well, thanks for sharing!!!

    xxx

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      dasynka
      12 August 2016 at 13:38

      Thanks to you xx

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    Nora Gouma
    12 August 2016 at 13:32

    Absolutely amazing pictures, I love this blog, thanks for sharing!!!

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      dasynka
      13 August 2016 at 12:08

      Oh thanks! xx

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    Lara Rose
    11 August 2016 at 17:32

    Wow everything looks amazing, so magical!

    xx

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      dasynka
      11 August 2016 at 17:34

      It was pure magic 🙂 thank you xx

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    Keri
    10 August 2016 at 16:30

    so beautiful <3 Love how you write too!

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      dasynka
      10 August 2016 at 16:31

      Thank you so much! xx

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    xin
    10 August 2016 at 15:40

    Great pics! Turkey is definitely on the top of my travel list!

    xx
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      dasynka
      10 August 2016 at 15:42

      Some Turkey place are wonderful! xx

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    The Style Bounty
    10 August 2016 at 12:56

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      dasynka
      10 August 2016 at 12:58

      Thank you so much for help! xx

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