The white Pools of Pamukkale

Trip Start Aug 29, 2006
Trip End Dec 22, 2006

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

We were up aging early this morning and after breakfast headed straight for the main attraction in Pamukkale - the calcium pools. Having seen countless photographs of these amazing pools at all the travel agencies along the way - I was expecting a bit more.

The white cliffs were created from hot springs that contained water with a large mineral content, and high amounts of hydrogen carbonate and calcium, which created thick white layers of limestone and travertine cascading down the mountain slope, making the area look like a frozen waterfall.

While you used to be able to swim in all the pools they have closed off the main ones to try and preserve them. We were however able to walk in many of the smaller pools. It was all very amazing, however I think would have been a lot more impressed if I had not had any expectations.

After the pools we climbed higher to a huge ruin of theatre dating back to 300AD.

By the time we got back down to the town we were exhausted and flopped down for a kebab sandwich for lunch. We then went back to our Hotel where we went for swim before a sudden thunderstorm struck and we ran inside.

At 4pm we went outside to wait for our next bus. This time our bus was actually a tour bus that had spent the day in Pamukkale and was heading back to our next destination - Selcuk. This meant a easy, non-stop, three hour trip, direct to our hotel.
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chevawnlea on

I've always wanted to see the pools, so I'm sorry they didn't live up to expectations. You're right that they'd probably be far more impressive stumbled upon unexpectedly. I'm glad you saw them, though.

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