Castles in the Sky
Trip Start Nov 05, 2010
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This special place is called Pamukkale - and it is definitely a MUST experience if you ever set foot in Turkey. First of all, it's name (Pamukkale) means "cotton castle" in Turkish. The reason it looks like the way it does is because the different levels of light blue pools are actually "travertines" which are terraces that come from carbonate minerals from water that has flowed from the top of the mountain.
All of these pools are pure and natural. People have been swimming in them for thousands of years. We could see why! They are just so relaxing. You could totally feel the healing properties of the water. We saw some tourists pick up some calcium deposits in the water and put it on their face. We did the same thing and afterwards we had the softest skin, probably softer than a baby's but. "That's the last time, I use Olive Olay!" Dasha said. Natural is best.
Apparently, there are over 16 pools with the temperatures ranging from 36 degrees- 100 degrees. There is even a place where you could pay a huge tourist price to swim in a so-called "Roman bath." We skipped it because it seemed like a cash cow and decided to dip our feet in the travertines around the mountain. Free is always nice. We were very happy with all the pools - it was just what the doctor ordered. We could just bath in them for days but we didn't because we were afraid of turning into prunes. Sasha enjoyed the pools and exploring the terraces. He even climbed all the way to the top.
Another reason why this place is so popular is because way back in the Greek Roman times, the famous city of Hierpolis was built on the top of the "cotton castle." This place was declared a World Heritage site and since then heaps of tourists flock to see it every day. Hierpolis was a unique site to see but after witnessing all these ruins, they seemed to be blending in. Sasha was a history buff so he loved exploring every ruin he could find!
We spent the whole day exploring Pamukkale and decided to stay overnight at a family pension. It was suggested in our LP book and we couldn't refuse a resteraunt that catered to vegetarians! It was comfortable and we enjoyed the food. At one point, our hotel ran out of hot water and the owner's wife was in a panic she even miscalculated our change from dinner.....at least 6 times! Oh well, c'est la vie.
This was definitely an experience to remember! We would probably put it in our Top 10 Favorite World Hertiage Sites folder and triple hole punch it.
Until next time,