Lucky prize

by Oana Cristina Stoenescu

This story is part of our 'Romantic Travel Stories' series, featuring tales from luxury hotel guests which were sent in for our travel writing competition.

Photo by Bazylek.


Let me begin by saying that I’d never been abroad until July 2007.

My future husband at that time and I were extremely enthusiastic about our wedding plans. We'd decided to get married in June 2007, and our wedding was going to take place in October of the same year.

Meanwhile, I had participated in a tombola in our mall, to the insistence of my sister. I've always considered that I wasn't a lucky person, because I’ve never won anything in my life. So, I said, "Ok, I'll do it," because I remembered the saying "Don't regret what you've done in your life, but what you've never done".

Everything was ok, we were preparing for our wedding, and, one day, I suddenly got a call phone from a person who told me, "Congratulations, you've won a trip to Turkey or Greece, your choice" (it hadn’t mentioned before what the prize was). Anyway, I was a little confused, as I thought someone was making fun of me (I had completely forgotten about my participation in the mall tombola). So, after my conversation with this lady, I shared my happiness with my husband, who didn't believe it either.

This was the beginning of a beautiful trip to Turkey, and we considered it our first honeymoon, even if it happened before our wedding. It was the first time in our lives that we had been to this beautiful country, and I still remember how I opened my eyes in the morning and saw the most amazing sunrise.

I was very impressed with the marvellous blue Aegean Sea, the amiability of the staff (although it was a three star hotel), the quality of services, and there is much more to say about this country. I loved the boat trip on the Aegean Sea, the Turkish night, even the trip into the past, as we've visited and found out so many things about the ancient Ephesus. But what I loved most was that I was there with my husband, and I have to say, that we have been back to this country many times since then. Maybe this is not the most romantic trip ever, but for me it was and I'll never forget it.

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