Pamukkale and hot springs

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End Jun 06, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A bright sunny day greeted us, a relief from the cloudy and showery day of yesterday. We began by heading up to the ancient city of Hierapolis, which along with the hot springs of Pamukkale, are an UNESCO World Heritage site. This ancient city demonstrates that hot springs have been in demand since the second century BC with remains of Roman baths in the city.

After walking through the ancient city we came to the beautiful Pamukkale hot springs. There are some 17 hot springs, ranging in temperature from 35 to 100 degrees. The white cliffs, or travertine, are formed when the calcium carbonate deposited as a soft jelly harden over time. The flow of the hot springs are now controlled so that they are channelled to various areas as to keep the cliff deposits even.

It is not permitted to wade, wallow or whatever in the springs anymore but they have a pool that is available for swimmers at 25 lira. The grounds are full of flowers making this a very lovely spot to have tea and relax, which we did.

We went back to the small village for lunch and hit the highway to Selcuk, home of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus or Efes. After a considerable drive we went through Selchuk to another of the old Greek villages, Sirince, that had been vacated by the government's policy to forcefully relocate Greeks to Greece and the Turks in Greece back to Turkey. This village in contrast to the earlier one we visited, had been repopulated by Turks. It is now a tourist trap,full of wine tastings, restaurants and shops. Lovely to look at but somewhat tedious in parts. I did taste a strawberry wine that tasted just like cough syrup, thick and sweet.

Finally on to our hotel, the Hotel Kale Han, quite nice and very comfortable. Showers tend to be a bit tricky but all in all very nice.
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