PAMUKKALE, TRAVESTINE POOLS AND RUINS TURKEY
Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
320Trip End Sep 02, 2009
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We leave at 10 to walk up to the white hill and see the ruins behind. The sight is very impressive, but a bit disappointing. We were thinking there would be lots of pools with water in them. We walk along the board walk, on the right side are some ruins and lots of red poppies.
We go further down the walk and then come to the terraces of pools of water down the hill side. The water is blue in some of the pools. I sit with my feet in the warm water. Not too many people around so it is quiet. It is a magical sight. Behind the valley where the town is are snow capped mountains.
A group of English young students come to where we are sitting and we ask where they are from, Edmonton! We speak with one girl and find out where they have been and where they are going. A whirlwind tour of Rome, Turkey, Athens and then home in 10 days.
We go to see the ruins. We weren't expecting so much and spread over a huge area. The museum wasn't opened, so we began with the old baths where you can go in and soak in the warm mineral water. Behind it is the baths, then lots of stones in the fields just before the theatre. The theatre had 15,000 seats, the stage had been restored.
Then up the hill behind to where Philip the Apostle spent the last years of his life here with his three daughters. In 80 AD he was martyred by crucifixion and was buried here. The Martyrium was built on the spot where the Philip was crucified.
Beyond are tombs and sarcophagi scattered, what seems like forever, across the hills. Then down to the arena area where the gladiators fought. The ruins went on forever. It was far bigger than we had expected. Along the main street there is a latrine. Not much to see of the remains, but this is the first latrine that we have come across in all the ruins we have seen. There were always drain ditches or gullies and lots of aquaducts.
We did go back to the museum. It is made inside some of the restored ruins. There are some very impressive sarcophagi, statues, coins, etc. inside. The rooms were very impressive.
If you want more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hierapolis
We soak our feet one more time and at 5 we finally head back down to town, have dinner and then go back to the hotel. We decide to go and have a look at the hill with the lights on it tonight. On our way out we meet Adem and he tells us to go and see the party. Today was their election voting day. The polls closed at 5 and now at 7 the man in the area has been re-elected. We can here the music and go up the hill. We are looking down into the town maintenance yard. They have taken all the cars and trucks out and replaced them with chairs and a music man. Everyone is dancing, it is lively music, young and old. The women are dancing in one area and the men in another area. Everyone is happy and having a lively time. The music and the way the men are dancing reminds me of something I might see in Greece instead of Turkey. I guess the countries are similar more than I thought..
Then up the hill to see it lit up at night. Very impressive. Back down to watch the dancing, they couldn't have asked for a lovelier warm evening. Back to the hotel where we talk about our travels with Ann Marie and Pat (from Australia now working and living in Turkey) and a couple from Norway.
An impressive day, we saw far more than we were expecting. I think we did over 6 kms today, everything was just so magical and impressive.
We have to say thank you to Adem and Ann Marie of Artemis Yoruk Hotel for such a warm and welcoming stay. Their facility is great, clean, new linens and towels, a real family atmosphere. The travel information we came away with for the next visits in Turkey are invaluable. Lots of happy hours spent chatting while enjoying the apple tea. Thanks!