Hisar Altinel Hotel
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So yesterday involved a lot of traveling but it was definitely worth it in the end. We got up and left Avanos for Nevsehir and the local airport. After checking in and passing through security we waited for our plane to Istanbul. Once we got to Istanbul we had an hour and a half layover before we boarded another plane to Izmir. Once we landed in Izmir everyone was a little tried of traveling but the rest of the day would more than make up for it. ...
... pictures. This concluded our trip through Ancient Roman times and we boarded the bus to head to a lunch location.
We went to one of the most authentic Turkish food places, according to Oscar, and it is called Yedi Uyuyanlar (Seven Sleepers). We enjoyed Turkish dishes, including Turkish pancakes that were made right in front of us. I ordered a Turkish pancake with everything on it, which consists of: onion, minced meat, potato, cheese and spinach. It was amazing and my table ...
... as CUA have cut my card off due suspicious overseas activity (aka me using it). This meant one of the guys from the hostel had to shout my dinner.
None the less, I was in a race against time. Getting back to the hostel at about 1030pm and the trams stopped at midnight.
In the end, I was thankful my Asian friend from Izmir have me his Istanbul travel card (with credit on it), which got me to the airport just in time for check-in.
Now my long journey to Bali ...
... bus ride to Pamukkale was 3 hours, and first stop of the day, was a shop where they made quartz and marble souvenirs (flashback of Bali, anyone?) The next stop was lunch at a little place just outside of the town, where we met an Australian couple from Sydney, and a lone traveller called Michelle from Melbourne. These guys were pretty cool, and we ended up having great chats with them about Turkey and other randomness. Next we were at the crossroads ...
... and simple tucked away tombs like this one (lower right).
There was a large Jewish population in this area, and the graveyard was not segregated in any way. Notice the menorah type symbol carved into the stone on this tomb.
Some of the tombs were for a specific purpose. I put together this very short descriptive video of the Tomb of the Gladiators. I hope you enjoy ...