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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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Jun 9, 2011 - Pamukkale - Turkey

Hello again...We made the over night (13 hour) bus trip to Pamukkale to visit the mineral terraces and ancient city of Hierapolis. The ancient city was very intersting to learn about, however the mineral terraces stole the show here. The photos don't do it any justice at all (the water was bluer). it was absoluteley spectacular. The terraces are made from carbonate minerals left by the flowing ground water. The water is 35 degrees therefore it didn't give us any relief from the hot and humid conditions that were also 35 degrees. About to...

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Tess and Jono 2011

Apr 24, 2011 - Pamukkale - Day 3 & 4

When you are staying somewhere cheap, beautiful and relaxing, why rush. We spent the last couple of days tanning at the pool, soaking in the indoor heated pool, sweating in the sauna, and relaxing in the Turkish bath. In between all this activity Matt was able to read a 500 page John Grisham book and drinks lots of turkish tea. Today we actually ventured out for a few hours to the next village over Karahayit. The main attraction was the Red Springs. The town has a couple of springs that constantly have boiling water rising to the surface....

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Apr 21, 2011 - Pamukkale - Day 1

We left Selcuk today and took a 5 hour bus rıde East to the small town of Pamukkale. We had not visited Pamukkale previously, but the site is know for beautiful hot springs and white travertines along white some good ruins to wander through. Our hotel in Selcuk recommened a nice hotel for us to stay at so we decided to check it out upon arrival. What we found was that for about $25 we got a nice room, hot showers (not always provided at this price), outdoor pool(a bit chilly though), heated indoor pool, Turish bath house, sauna, larger...

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Apr 21, 2011 - Pamukkale, Cotton castles

We are looking forward to today’s destination – Pamukkale (meaning Cotton Castles in Turkish), where the white terraced mineral pools are. We leave the hotel at 8.30, and will be there by lunchtime, with the rest of the day free to do as we please. Burhan tells us that we can swim at the terraced pools for TYL25 ($21) if we want to. However the water in the hotel pools is the same, and we can swim there for free. Many of us feel that it is more about the location, so a group of us want to do that. We travel into the mountains to about...

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