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"I loathe the bus. There has to be a more dignified mode of transportation."
- Samantha, "16 Candles"
A 10-hour overnight bus is interesting. And by interesting, I mean kinda hot and ******. It's cheap, clean and mostly comfortable, but there's no bathroom, 100 stops (unless you really need one), and snoring. Plus, no outlets, so …
Well after a few hours on the train which was a welcome change to the bus we arrived in Denials and a driver was waiting to take us to our next hotel in Pamukkale which was very much a back packers hotel and the luckiest by far.
On the way to our hotel Sukru had a little surprise which he often does and we stopped for lunch in a local trick stop which was lovely. It was outside and it had a grape ...
... warm water cascades over. The deposits are called the travertines. They are marbley to look at but when climbed barefoot (as required by the local Jandarms) they tread well and nary a slip is felt as you climb up beholding nature's handiwork. Once up you can visit ancient Hieropolis. Yep the Greeks, then Romans , then Byzantians got here before the throngs of tour buses. Back in the BCEs a cool city was built ...
... to protect the surface. Many spots hurt to walk but mostly it's smooth enough. The views are so awesome, and there's nothing else like it. Taking a dip is mandatory, of course. There are hot springs at the top, too. Wikipedia
Also at the top are the ruins of 2nd century BCE Roman Hieropolis and its huge necropolis, overlooking the white travertines and spread out over 2kms or so, with ...
... from town, you would swear you are staring up at a ski slope- the whole mountainside is white. My understanding is that the area is covered in calcium. The natural spring water flowing over the area is calcium rich and as it runs down the mountain side, it leaves calcium deposits behind. The whole area is covered in what looks like one large white rock. It's textured and ridged from the flow of the water.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOzbay Hotel Pamukkale
Dorm was actually 2 three bed privates with ensuites connected with an open doorway. Breakfast was an optional extra. Which is not custom for these types of rooms.
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