Category Archives: Europe

24 hours in the Eternal City

24 hours in the Eternal City
24 hours in the Eternal City
Continuing on my travels, I had a day in Rome in the summer. Not a lot of time to explore, but you can certainly pack it in…here’s how. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but that’s no surprise. It takes time to create great things and Rome is truly a great…

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Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Property in Turkey

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Property in Turkey
5 Things to Consider When Buying a Property in Turkey

Turkey? No, I’m not talking about the kind we eat on Thanksgiving. The country of Turkey didn’t really stand out to me before doing a bit of research on it but for those of you with a geological brain fart, Turkey is surrounded by Iran, Iraq, Syria, Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

So why am I writing about Turkey? A country that I have never visited before. Well I’ll tell you. It all started after my cousin and I were chatting about taking vacations. He mentioned that him and his wife were considering buying property in Turkey. I was like, why Turkey? He then went on to explain how easy it really is (a tad expensive) but for the most part really affordable and the buying process isn’t rocket science.

I know that a lot of my fellow travel and non-travel friends are always in the market for a good destination, so I thought I would bring you some great tips on visiting and buying Turkish property.

So as I mentioned before the process of buying a property in Turkey isn’t that hard. After you see some of the GORGEOUS photos you’ll be ready to visit/move in a heartbeat.

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Before you buy:

  • Check that there are no outstanding rental agreements or mortgages.
  • That the seller has the legal right to sell the property and that they have a Tapu ( Title Deeds) for it. If there is an agent how much commission is payable, commissions rates are usually very high in sales where European clients are involved.
  •  It is absolutely essential to have your finances in place before you go to look at property in Turkey.

How long does the buying process take:

Dependent upon the Turkish Government offices it may take up to 6 months to receive the final Freehold Title Deeds (Tapu) for your Turkish property.

Visas:

You can stay for a maximum of three months in Turkey with your 90 day a multi entry tourist visa, however to replace this with a residents visa, you need to apply for this visa within 1 month of first entrance. A resident’s visa can be for a period of one to five years. Instead of applying for a resident’s visa you can simply leave the country for 24 hours, and then return on another standard 3 months visa. (On the Mediterranean Coast most people take advantage of a trip to Northern Cyprus, which is only a 3 hours ferry ride from Alanya, and on the Aegean Coast a short ferry trip to one of the many Greek islands, for example Rhodes or Kos). You will require a residents’ permit should you want to have a phone or buy a car. Ensure you have plenty of passport-sized photographs before you start applying for one.

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 You can also rent out your property:

The most profitable way is to rent your property out to family, friends and work-mates (you will be surprised how many will want to know you). A simple advert in the local paper or a one page web site also works well. Always get a large deposit and arrange a flight as part of the rental package.

Completing the process:

Once your application has been approved by the Government and the military, both the vendor and buyer must be represented at the Land Registry Office for entry of the Title Deed into the Land Registry. Most buyers prefer to go to Turkey to attend personally, although it is not necessary as you can appoint a Power of Attorney to attend in your place. This can be your lawyer if you have used one, a husband/wife, partner, our office staff in Turkey or anyone else you trust. There are various forms that are required before completion, but they are quite straightforward and we will be pleased to help.

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After doing all this research about Turkey it seems that this could be one country worth buying property in. Between its location (especially to Greece) and all the different climates, you could really have the best of both worlds here. I wish my cousin the best of luck in his attempt and anyone else who is making a step in the buying process. Please let us know if you have had the pleasure of buying in Turkey or anywhere else and if you have any tips for us.

Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*

Top 6 Budget Hotels in London

Top 6 Budget Hotels in London
Top 6 Budget Hotels in London

Traveling on the brain? I would hope so! Traveling is always on our brains at Fashionista’s Travel and lately we’ve got London on the brain! Having never traveled to London or anywhere in Europe for that matter (don’t judge) we thought it was time to do some research on our friends across the pond.

Europe is expensive, that’s no surprise, so our mission was to find affordable hotels in London. After doing some research we  have come up with the top 6 hotels that are budget friendly and meet all of our expectations.

1. Grand Royale London

$114/person

Here’s the skinny:

24 Hour Reception / Air Conditioning /  Bar / Central Heating / Coffee/Tea Maker / Conference Rooms Desk / Hairdryer / Internet Terminals in Rooms /Tea & Coffee /  Tourist Information / Wireless Internet Access

 You can choose from the range of single, double, twin, triple and quad rooms, all with comfortable beds, contemporary bathrooms and useful extras like air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, internet access and a safe. 

Lobby

Lobby

Notting Hill’s chic restaurants are nearby, as is the Heathrow Express from Paddington Station.

bedroom

bedroom

2. Sheriff Inn London

$92/person

24 Hour Reception / Coffee/Tea Maker / Colour Television / Hairdryer / Shower / Wireless Internet Access

Here’s the skinny:

Sheriff Inn London is so close to Victoria Coach, Train and Tube Station that this is the ideal place to stay if you need to be near these transport links.

breakfast room

breakfast room

You can book a double or twin room here (with either with an ensuite shower room or a private shower room just outside the door). This will be freshly decorated and filled with a plasma TV, hairdryer, desk, electric fan for warm days and central heating for chilly nights.

twin bedroom

twin bedroom

3. Paddington Court Hotel

$99/person

Family Friendly / Fax Machine / Fire Escape / Hairdryer / Hotel Safe / Internet Terminals / Iron & Board / Laundry / Movie Channel / Newspaper / Parking / Pay-Phones / Phone / Room Service / Shampoo / Shower / Smoke Detectors / Television Lounge / Toilet / Tourist Information / Voice Mail / Wake Up Service / Wash Basin / Wireless Internet Access

Here’s the skinny:

Situated on a quiet street in Paddington, Madame Tussauds, Kensington Palace, Earl’s Court, and Notting Hill are all within easy travelling distance.

Hotel Bar

Hotel Bar

All of the rooms also have a number of other amenities, including a hospitality tray and colour television. You can also surf the internet by hooking up to the hotel’s WiFi access and chat to family on the telephone. The hotel also has a TV lounge, bar and restaurant, concierge, laundry and dry cleaning service.

double room

double room

4. Clapham Junction Apartments

$91/person

Central Heating / Self-Catering Kitchen / Shared bathroom / Shared Kitchen / Television Lounge / Wireless Internet Access / Wireless Internet Access in Rooms

Here’s the skinny:

Situated in bustling Clapham, you’ll find plenty of bars, shops and restaurants within a short walk. Tourist attractions in Central London are a quick train journey away from nearby Clapham Junction, the busiest train station in the country!

double bedroom

double bedroom

You’ll have access to a large shared bathroom and a spacious TV lounge where you can relax at the end of an exciting day. There’s also a shared kitchen where you can save money by preparing your own food.

5. Craven Hotel

$87/person

4 Hour Reception / Air Conditioning / Airport Transfers / Alarm Clock Radio / All News Channel / Bar / Bath / Central Heating / Coffee/Tea Maker / Colour Television / Concierge / Cot / Dry Cleaning

Here’s the skinny:

Craven Hotel (formerly known as Crown Hyde Park Hotel) offers comfortable accommodation in heart of Central London. This recently refurbished hotel is ideal for an exciting trip to London, as you will find some of the capital’s most well known tourist attractions close by.

restaurant

restaurant

All of the rooms at Craven Hotel have benefitted from the hotel’s recent updating, and are all equipped with modern facilities.

double bed

double bed

6. Royal Norfolk Hotel

$83/person

24 Hour Reception / Airport Transfers / Alarm Clock Radio / Central Heating / Coffee/Tea Maker / Colour Television / Direct Dial Phone / Elevator/Lift Access / Family Friendly

Here’s the skinny:

Royal Norfolk Hotel offers you a superior quality stay in a fantastic location within in bustling Paddington. Just minutes away from Paddington Train and Tube Station is this refurbished hotel, overlooking leafy Norfolk Square.

perfect for breakfast

perfect for breakfast

As all the rooms have ensuite bathrooms or shower rooms, as well as comfortable beds with soft feather quilts and down pillows, you will find it easy to relax here. Your centrally heated room will be filled with facilities to make your stay convenient including a colour television, direct dial phone, an alarm clock, tea and coffee making equipment and a hairdryer. You can even request wake up calls.

bedroom

bedroom

 

So as you can see there are many budget friendly hotels for your trip to London.  It has always been my motto that as long as the hotel is clean and nice it doesn’t matter. When your visiting a city such as London you’ll hardly be in the hotel anyways.We hope you find this list helpful–see you in London!

Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*

A Fashionable Tale of Three Cities

A Fashionable Tale of Three Cities
A Fashionable Tale of Three Cities

For Fashionista’s, ’tis the season to be jolly as the second part of the year’s trend calendar turns off the lights after its monumental line up of September events. All across the globe, the skinny and the striking romped and strutted down the runways in ruffles and ruches that broke the boundaries of creativity. On the streets of Europe, an aesthetic change began as the stylish flooded the cities with their interpretations of the month’s proceedings. The Capitals are never the same after fashion week. Your Thomson holiday will open the door to a style extravaganza that will soon leak into your own home town.

Milan’s runways crawled with Fifties Hitchcock Heroines. Never before has vintage been so dominant in ready to wear collections. The look is nothing if not Parisian, with the iconic Chanel handbag of the era paired with a slim, knee-length pencil skirt, a sheer blouse and elbow length gloves. The palette is restrained to ivory, camel and cream and this is the look that won the battle of the biggest looks this year. Milan streets are teeming with Coco’s own blend of chic.

While Milan is masquerading as Parisian, Paris is practicing gender play. Androgyny rules on cobbled streets as women don button-downs, blazers and wide-brimmed hats. When night falls, female DNA is in full force as women trade the angular for the fiercely feminine. Downton Abbey is brought to life through demure, ankle length frocks that skim rather than cling. Puffy sleeves and high necks give gowns a rich sensuality.

London is renowned for its spontaneity and ability to assemble a style that demands artistry. Street style tends to be more inspired than copied. Londoners adore their brights and, this year, neon is the hue set of choice. Designers tipped their hats to innocence and perversity by pairing ripped beaded skirts and patent leather skirts with taffeta and chiffon. There was a wink to the past, as has been the trend for every season this year. This season, fashion clings to the Eighties by resurrecting graphic prints and ripped skirts and jeans. The public have adapted more easily to Eighties fare than they have to the forties which has led to a luminous winter dotted with black, skin-tight nappa.

Regardless of the capital, there is one look that has been embraced pervasively. Across Europe and overseas, Grace Kelly’s sassy prettiness is saturating every city.

Thanks for reading! XOXO *Lindsay*

London: A Perfect Weekend Break

London: A Perfect Weekend Break
London: A Perfect Weekend Break

London, England is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. As the largest city in England and the United Kingdom, London offers a large variety of sites to see and things to do for both residents and visitors throughout the year. Many visitors flock to London to see the amazing theatre productions that take place there every year, such as comedies, musicals, and dramas, the London box office is the place for great entertainment. London’s West End offers discounted seats and cheap theatre tickets so there’s never a problem finding a great show to enjoy.

Chicago The Musical

Theatre tickets can be purchased ahead of time online or by visiting a ticket booth once you decide which show you’d like to see. Ticket booths offer half-priced and discounted tickets on the day of the show, and in some cases even up to a week in advance. A number of London box offices also offer the chance for you to buy returned tickets or standby tickets.

It is wise to remember to be careful when making online purchases, and to only buy from reputable dealers. One way to make sure that you are dealing with a reputable agent is to buy your online tickets from STAR members. STAR stands for The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers. You should also ask to see the face value of the ticket, which is the price that is printed on the theatre tickets. Ticket agents always charge a booking fee which should never be more than twenty-five per cent of the printed ticket price. The agent should also give you all available information about the tickets you purchase. This includes whether the seats have a restricted view and what the seating plan is. Theatre seats with a restricted view should be sold at a cheaper price than regular seats, so always check seat prices.

Hampton Court Palace

Other great places to visit in London are flower shows, music festivals, Buckingham Palace, the famous Hampton Court Palace maze, and the London museum. These are only a few of the sites London has to offer each year. The Hampton Court Palace alone has a large number of sites for visitors to explore and enjoy. In addition to the maze, visitors can stroll through the 60 acres of gardens, enjoy cuisine from Henry the VIII’s kitchens, and explore the extensive palace itself. There’s always something to make a weekend break in London great.