Beautiful Oludeniz and the Pasha at Pamukkale

Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
Trip End Jun 05, 2008

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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

We were up with the sparrows again to make use of hte gorgeous day that was outside.   Just after 8.30am we toof off from Fethiye to drive to the nearby town of Oludeniz (translates to Dead Sea).   Its a beautiful sheltered lagoon that is practically hidden from the sea - only downside was that it had rocky beaches... It was only 20 minutes from Fethiye so we were there just after 9am -- we have been so lucky with the weather this trip -- it was absolutely perfect...
After paying our entrance fee to the National Park we picked our spot to settle in -- we checked out the lagoon side and it was a little murky so we set up camp on the 'beach side'... We organised our deckchairs and brollies then realised we had to pay for everything -- we ended up forgoe-ing the brollies as it wasnt really sunburn weather.   We baked for a little while to warm up then decided to hop in the chilly waters and swim out to the pontoon... It was beautiful!!   A few bommies and backflips were in order then we relaxed and warmed up again before hopping back in the water and swimming to dry land...
A few minutes later we thought Mr Bean had rocked up -- EG came pedalling around the corner in this dolphin contraption thing with a brolly - it was totally hilarious but we couldn't wait to get onboard... Flik and I got on the back and Anita & EG pedalled at the front, all the way around the bend to the lagoon side where the others were chilling out... We gave a wave then swapped positions and Flik & I pedalled back, it was hard work!  We were pretty happy when one of the guys Josh hopped on and took over and we got to be ladies of leisure again.  
Soon enough though it was time to shower and dress and get back on the road, stopping about an hour later at a roadhouse for a bit of lunch - buckets of bread with soup. 
A few hours and the mandatory bus nap later we were almost there when EG asked us if we wanted to visit this glass making place -- we weren't all that keen but realised there wasnt much to do in Pamukkale once we got there (late arvo) so we told the driver to turn around and we were glad we did!    It was brilliant - they took us upstairs and showed us how they make the plates and bowls with the colours - just amazing -- even more amazing was the shop downstairs....  It sent all the shoppers into overload (well all the chicks anyway) and we all couldnt decide where to start.   About 1/2 hr later we were done and I walked out with a small plate and a couple of magnets that were to be gifts for friends at home.  
We arrived in Pamukkale just after 5pm and set off exploring the streets - making our way quickly up the hill to check out the calcium deposits covering the mountain in front of us... A few of us went to the slowest internet then decided to have an early dinner (the others were going at 8pm -- we were hungry!) so we went to this place that sold "lamp chops" and had a huge feast -- just as we were finishing the other group rocked up to the same place so we recommended to them the mixed grill... mm mmmmm   The restaurant we were at overlooked the travertines which were all lit up..
The night was young and we decided to check out the night scene - first and only stop was the 'Pasha' disco so nearly all of us went in for a beers and a boogie -- it was great -- we were the only customers in there.  We carved up the dance floor and they bought us out a plate of chopped apple and orange -- really bizarre.   Just after 11 I left and went back to the hotel which had free internet so I quickly loaded some pics onto the Facebook A/C which took about an hour -- ending up in bed at around 12.30am..
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