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May 6, 2015 - Sirince and Pamukkale

I didn't want to become one of those travelers...the jaded, "things were so much better back then..." sort. However, Sirince temporarily turned me into one of them. Check out our previous posting (Africa, 2008); this was a quaint farming community where we tasted wine from a tiny booth just up the main street, watching the men driving their tractors into the town after a long day working the fields, and the women buying produce from a truck. Fast forward 6 years, and the tourists have found Sirince; apparently it was somehow attracted...

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Mar 23, 2015 - White cliffs, poppies and Hieropolis

March 23 We drove back inland and into the foothills of the Taurus mountains through farmland with fruit trees, grapes and the odd flock of sheep complete with shepherd. No fences here. Upon arrival at Pamakkale we stopped for lunch and then checked into the hotel. Then came the rain. We've been blessed with decent weather for most outdoor activities thus far so I guess it was time. I put on capris and sandals as I figured I was going to get wet anyway and they'd dry faster than runners and donned my hippy dippy poncho. I've got my...

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Nov 9, 2014 - Ballooning in Pamukkale, Turkey

Interviewer: So, I hear you went ballooning for the first time. When and where was it? G: Yes, it was the day we were in Pamukkale, Turkey. I: Who went on it? G: The people from the Rick Steve's tour. There were 15 of us. Cathy didn't go; she didn't feel good. I: Tell me what it was like. G: It was very quiet and very smooth. I: Did anything surprise you about it? G: Not really. I: What was the best part of it? G: The views especially of the travertine hills and the ruins of Aphrodisias. I: Do you plan to do it again? G: Yes, Cathy...

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Jun 17, 2014 - Spa and Necropolis

An early day. Wake up call at 5:15 and luggage out at 6:00. Breakfast was another buffet with the honeycomb and a limited selection again. Back to get our stuff and on the bus at 7:00 to head off to Pamukkale. We made one stop on the three hour trip at a gas station/gift shop/café. Typical stuff. The one interesting thing we saw was a geothermal plant. the area is very active and the heat from the hot springs is trapped to generate electricity. Then off in the distance we saw the white patch of “snow” that was actually the calcium carbonate...

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Jun 28, 2013 - Pamukkale..Cotton Castle

We next travel inland to the famous Cotton Castle, as it's known, at Pamukkale, which is the Turkish word for cotton. There was a major earthquake in the 2nd century BC, which resulted in fissures producing hot water springs. As it flowed off the mountainside adjacent to an ancient city called Hierapolis, calcium and magnesium crystallised to form smooth snow-white runs, stalagmite-like formations and pools, known as Travertine, in steps down the hillside. This is the only place in the world there is anything like this. It looks absolutely...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Valentines Day at Pamukkale

Today we took a day trip from Kuşadasi to Pamukkale, a 3 hour bus trip each way. The tour cost €45 each, good value for the length of the trip, lunch included, a guided tour of Hierapolis and an hour at the travertines. We were picked up at the gate of Önder Camping at 8.30am and dropped back at the gate at 6.30pm. Rather a small mini bus though, but only 7 of us on it with a guide (a girl who spoke good English) and driver so it was quite personalised. Just one toilet stop mid-morning at the requisite souvenir shop, and another interesting...

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Jun 24, 2012 - Pamukkale-Hierapolis-Bursa Day 6

24th May 2012: Thursday, early start again, 0730 in the bus and a short time later we are off to Pamukkale to see remains of another ancient city called Hierapolis. Pamukkale, meaning 'cotton castle', this world heritage site has gleaming white travertines which are calcite shelves (lime) with pools of water cascading down the plateau edges producing a magnificent sight. You can wade in the warm water in the pools. The view down and across the valley was quite spectacular. Also on this site is the Roman city of Hierapolis, an ancient spa...

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Jun 11, 2012 - Antalya to Denizli to Pamukkale (22kms)

Monday 11/6/12 Antalya to Denizli, 4hrs on bus. 22ks riding including 15ks to Pamukkale. It takes just 35 mins to ride the 7 ks to the otogar, so easy and enjoyable when there are few people out and little traffic, Nickie even felt brave enough to manage an underpass. Its 34C in the shade at 9am, so we are glad to be on an air conditioned bus. The road immediately climbs steeply into the hills, just rocks and dirt, a desert for about an hour ½. People could die being out in that environment, especially cyclists. The road plateaus and there...

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May 23, 2012 - Ancient City

As we were leaving Antalya, Alp pointed out the Turkish Mt Rushmore...a bust of Attaturk (revered reformist from the 20's) carved into the mountain! Long bus ride again today broken up by several stops. Our first rest area was selling fresh squeezed orange juice...the best I have ever tasted! Farther on down the road we stopped in a village and walked through their farmer's market (booth after booth of the freshest looking fruits and vegetables, honey in the comb, cheeses, spices, marinated olives, fresh fish, clothing items, etc.). We used...

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Sheeon Year 2012

Apr 21, 2012 - Antalya to Pamukkale

Everyday seems to bring some kind of interesting story. I sent laundry out at the hotel yesterday and it was returned. Much to my surpise I now have a Ralph Polo label sewn onto the waist of my Jockey capris. Why they would have done this is beyond me or anyone else but none the less it was a good story. I believe this morning's drive was quite lovely. Unfortunately, due to a poor night's sleep, I missed most of it on the bus I was slept quite nicely then. I know we did go through the beautiful Taurus mountains and pine forests as I caught...

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Bev's 2012 Adventure

Oct 21, 2011 - Pamukkale

If it's Friday, we must be in Pamukkale. I've seen and experienced some amazing things on this trip, but these one-night stays and long days are wearing me out. Even myself, who is fascinated with ancient ruins, has just about reached the saturation point. After a point, it all just blurs together. This morning we stopped in the small town of Korkuteli to visit a farmers market and buy things for a picnic lunch. Not a lot of tourists come here, so the locals stopped and stared at us, but in a friendly way, smiling and offering us samples...

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Greece & Turkey 2011

Sep 21, 2011 - Morning at the market, and on to Pamukkale

Pamukkale is a town where a natural hot springs exist. A resort for many Russian tourists, the area is quite beautiful. On the way there, we stopped at another market--where you can see goat cheese store in, what else?, goat skin bags. This market town was not on the typical tourist route. People were very friendly, but the kids stared at us like we were really new to them. The only day it rained was the day we went to Necropolis, literally the City of the Dead. It was the perfect setting. The hot springs are just below the Necropolis. As...

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