Travertines in Pamukkale

Trip Start Dec 19, 2011
Trip End Oct 05, 2012

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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday 25th June

Today I had to get up earlier than planned, much too early, at about 6am in order to get a shuttle to the bus station and then a public bus to Pamukkale. What was supposed to happen was I was supposed to get picked up by a tour bus at 8am and then taken straight to Pamukkale, however as I was the only one booked in they cancelled the trip and then told me to get a public bus up there where I could still have the tour.  Needless to say this was very frustrating but there was really nothing I could do about it.  So I got the public bus up to the main town before Pamukkale where I was picked up by a smaller bus and taken to a travel agency who helped me get to the right place to start my tour.. The tour started with a nice lunch buffet of traditional Turkish food including some strange yet delicious Turkish deserts.  After lunch we got the bus to the South entrance where we first walked through some of the ruins to the top of the amphitheatre which had a good view over the ruins which were almost non existent now thanks to numerous earthquakes in the area.   The ruins are from the ancient Roman and Greek city of Hierapolis (meaning either Holy City or Water City) which used to hold over 100,000 people a couple of thousand years ago. One of the other interesting things to see in the ruined city is the ancient pool which is, well, an ancient pool.   It is filled by natural mountain water and is made from a mostly natural dip in the ground through the rocks.  These days it also has numerous ruins such as columns and blocks in the pool that have fallen there over the years.  You can swim in the  pool (for a ridiculous price) and you can drink the water (only in small amounts since it contains calcium, lime and carbon in it from the ground.  Anyway, after seeing Hierapolis it was time to move on to the main reason I came to Pamukkale – the travertine pools.  These are naturally forming calcium travertines (large shallow rock pools) that are starkly white and are filled with beautiful blue water.   There is nothing I can say to describe them properly so you can check out the photos. 
Basically it is absolutely stunning, especially when you go around the other side where there aren't a million tourists.  You aren’t allowed to walk on most of the pools however there is a long path of pool which you can walk and swim through and in as long as you take your shoes off.  The water in the pools comes from hot springs above the town so the water is a perfect temperature and so it is so lovely to walk in and even go for a dip in which I did.  After wandering the travertines for over an hour it was time for me to head back to the travel agent in order to get my bus to Selcuk.  I arrived in time, changed into my comfy bus clothes (my black trackies, euro shirt and pink hoodie) and hopped on the 3 hour bus ride to Selcuk, on the West coast of Turkey.  After arriving in Selcuk I walked 5mins down the road to the hostel and checked in and spent the rest of the evening on my computer and having dinner at the hostel restaurant before going to bed (in my 14bed dorm, but it wasn’t that bad). 
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