Pamukkale

“Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year”. Wikipedia

My husband Fadi and I visited Pamukkale this summer, we enjoyed seeing this “World Heritage Site”.

The morning view at 5:30am from our room

The morning view at 5:30am from our room

Pamukkale was around 4 hours away from Marmaris, we so had to start our day early. We left the hotel by 5:30am.

The morning view at 5:30am from our room

The morning view at 5:30am from our room

We had our breakfast on the road, then had other pitt stops.

Dried Pepper

Dried Pepper

During one of our break stops we found dried peppers, some people like to eat them, we took pictures 🙂

Dried Pepper

Dried Pepper

The Onyx Museum

The Onyx Museum

Before reaching Pamukkale, our guide stopped us at the Onyx Museum where they showed us how they usually do small figurines out of onyx stones. This was more of a marketing strategy for tourists to buy onyx items.

We were not tempted by this strategy!

Ephesus

Ephesus

“The ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapoliwas built on top of the white “castle” which is in total about 2,700 metres (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away”. Wikipedia

Ephesus

Ephesus

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That’s happy me before reaching pamukkale

 

 

And here’s what we came for! That’s what Pamukkale is all about!

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Our guide told us that Cleopatra used to bathe in these pools, since they have minerals and nutrients that made her stay young. That’s why they call these pools, cleopatra pools. I am not sure how true that fact is, but I am quoting him.

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The Cleopatra pools as they call them

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That’s Fadi meditating under the sun

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After the long day, we slept all the way back, we reached the hotel at 8:30pm.

Thank God no one took pictures of us!

Read about our trip “Out in the Bleu” also in Marmaris, Turkey

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