The Calcified Springs at Pamukale

Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
Trip End Aug 07, 2008

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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Today we took the bus from Selçuk to Pamukkale. It was a three hour drive, but it passed rather quickly as I met a couple of Danish guys travelling around Turkey, with Intrepid, the company I travelled throug Vietnam with. They were quite sweet and we had some fun conversations as no other people on the bus could understand what we said - sometimes it's just wonderful to speak such a small language as Danish.
Arrived in Pamukkale we had lunch, before visiting the calcified springs, where the water is so rich in calcium that every surface it passes over eventually turns with. We walked up the stream for about 20 min. with slightly moist feet, it was wonderful in the mid-day heat.
On the top we visited the ancient city of Herapolis, the city was dedicated to Hera, thw wife of Zeus, and we also visited it's adjacent nekropolis (cemetary/ city of the dead). The ruins of Herapolis really were mostly only a jumble of rocks, a few things were still standing (such as the latrines...) but all the interresting buildings didn't look too good. The theatre looked okay from afar, but I was feeling a little over heated so I chose to decent instead of exploring the theatre further. When I reached the bottom I felt a shop selling Double Chocolate Magnums - that was like manna from Heavens.
Tomorrow we'll drive to some costal town and there board a gület - a Turkish type of boat.
It's now time for dinner, so I'll leave for now.
Take care and enjoy the photos I at last managed to upload.
Eva Maria
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