Cotton Castle

Trip Start Nov 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 26, 2012

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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Thursday, November 20, 2008


Day 5

I woke up and caught the 830 bus to Pamukkale and it actually left at 815. This has never happened before when I've traveled.  South/Central America are at least one hour behind.  I was so happy!  I arrived Pamukkale at noon and acted like I was with these two guys on the bus so that I would not get hassled by the people off the bus about a place to stay.  We found a hostel nearby for about 12 lira each.  It was a nice place to stay with everything I needed.  Pamukkale means cotton castle in English.  There is a big giant bunch of rocks that look like cotton or actually like packed snow, but when I started walking up the sloped rock, it was quite hard.  I thought that it would be soft, but it was not and people have to walk up it barefoot because they city does not want the rocks getting dirty.  I'm not sure what it is made of, but it was interesting.  There were many water pools on the way up that are kind of like hot springs, but not hot in the winter.  I had a 30 minute hike to the top of the rock and at the top of the rock, there was an ancient city called Hierapolis.  I'm not sure how many people used to live there, but I'm guessing about 50,000.  I had no idea this was up here, so it was a bonus!  There was a theater that probably fit 10,000 people in it.  It was a little different than the one in Ephesus.  It had two entries and a seat for the King, but that is the only thing that I noticed different than the big theater in Ephesus.  There were not really any trails to these ruins that I saw up the mountain and I just started walking.  I don't think that I should have been where I was supposed to go, but oh well.  I was soon over a miles away from anyone.  There was no one even close to me.  I found some old castle, a cemetery, a gymnasium and a cemetery that still had some old bones laying around.  I'm pretty sure I wasn't supposed to go that far, but it was a little adventure.  It was a lot of fun!  I missed the Hierapolis museum on the way down because it was closing, but I did have time to go to the hot springs.  The water was just as warm or warmer than bath water.  It is natural and comes from the Earth, but they never moved out the ruins from the city that crumbled and there are ruins in the middle of the pool.  I guess that is a good thing and bad thing.  It was a pain in the butt swimming through them and hitting them, but sure was unique.  The water was supposed to have some kind of power for healing things and performing miracles because it had a high concentrate of calcium.  The water did taste different when I would go under and swim.  This cost me around $15 for 30 minutes because it was about to close when I got there.  I'm still glad I did it though.  I did not feel any miracles or any changes happen from it.  It was dark when I left there.  I stopped by a restaurant for dinner on the way back to the hostel and saw the same two Japanese girls that I saw two days before.  We ate dinner together, then walked the same direction back to our hostels. 
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