Continuing on my solo traveling romantical tour of Turkey I headed east towards the magical unique geological sites southern turkey has become famous for. Three hour bus ride we stopped at Pamukkale translated to "the Cotton Castle" an ancient civilization site where mineral springs bubble out of the ground w/ high levels of Calcium, Carbon Dioxide and your favorite resort premium channel molecule HBO2.
After a tour around the Martyr of St. Philip, some old amphitheaters, main thoroughfare and thousands of years of spa treatments.
After finding out that there is a steep cost for the ancient fountain of youth pool where Cleopatra kept her epidermis youthful. I was initially put off but once the bus full of elderly Japanese/Canadian/Germans showed up I happily shucked out the fee that kept the swimmer numbers to a maximum of five people. Expecting a sulphur smell as typified by many mineral hotsprings I was shocked w/ the lack of aroma and overwhelmed in the bubbly sensation of swimming in a warm club soda. Since my red face was still pretty fresh I was happy to get some help w/ dermatological benefits from the club soda cocktail (as us americans say), of regenerative properties said to be contained in the waters.
Swimming among ancient columns with the sun beating down and the sound of water falling and bubbling from below I was very much rejuvenated. Though the promise of ten years younger was a shattered dream after checking the hair line the next morning.
After lounging among the ruins and soaking it all in, I proceeded to the "natural Calcium pools" for a nice sunset of contrasting colors and a walking pedicure.
Though the Doctor Fish were a little pricey and seemed a little lethargic after having their fill on old asians bunions.
Seemed like the twilight light stayed extra long that evening which I was very appreciative of in my stunning surroundings (again romantically wasted on traveling solo).
Walking back to the bus station was one of the most enjoyable barefoot strolls I've ever had. Like walking on an enormous bleached brain coral w/ none of the environmental detrimental effects.
Then I took my second overnight bus for 10 hrs, where I reaffirmed my out of the way choice on the thermal hot springs Pamukkale.