Hiking the mountain behind Pamukkale's hotel!

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
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Trip End Mar 28, 2011


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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 11 (late afternoon)

Temperature:  14 degrees
Weather:  sunny with clouds                 
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Our hotel for the night was a very short distance away.   Had I known about this, Michel and I probably would have stayed longer at Pamukkale’s Cotton Castle and taken a taxi back to the hotel because this would have meant "No Rushing"   Oh well…… too late now!

Our hotel went by the name “Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal Pamukkale”.  One thing about it, it was gigantic, so gigantic that while exploring it with some of our friends from the tour, we couldn’t find our way back to our wing.  Don’t get me wrong here because I usually have a good sense of direction….Michel’s the one who usually gets lost, but here, with all of the wings and halls that all looked the same and went in so many directions, well, it was different…..  Spooky in a way because it made me think of the horror movie “The Shining”!

Regardless, this gave us the opportunity to explore the hotel more in depth and while doing so, it was quite enjoyable.  Since we had arrived here around 3:30pm, the place seemed to be deserted.  Other tour groups were probably still visiting Hierapolis!  Grnnn!

Outside the hotel’s grounds, a few people were enjoying the thermal pools where hot steam came out of them.  No thanks!  But lovely pictures were taken!

Looking around the hotel, huge mountains surrounded us.  Didn’t have to convince Michel twice because after finally finding our room and taking a short break, like 5 minutes, out the door we went and in the direction of the mountains.  By now it was 4:00pm.

The mountain was easily hiked even though in many areas, the climb was steep.  I wore my good pair of hiking boots which made me appreciate them even more when the slope became more straight-up.  The flora was quite interesting to see.

After a good hour of hiking, the top of the mountain was finally reached where the view from below of the entire hotel in its complete grandeur could be seen as well as the city close by.   After a good fifteen minutes of enjoying ourselves at the top, as they say, “What goes up must come down” so, down the mountain we went!

To make it more interesting, a different path was taken on our way down the mountain.  Not that there were any trails because there were none, we just took another way down the mountain by zigzagging around the many rocks.   

Luckily for us because upon reaching the bottom of the mountain, the sky had turned grey and thunder was heard.   We had made it back safely to the hotel just in heck of time!

Monique   :-) 

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