Baby Lamb Wool

Trip Start Sep 21, 2010
Trip End Oct 07, 2010

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Melrose House Hotel

Flag of Turkey  , Denizli Province,
Monday, September 27, 2010

Finally, a full night's rest.  We got our things together and re-packed and realized that we had only been a 5 minute walk away from Istiklal Caddesi, which is the modern pedestrian walkway.  We had 5 hours to spend before our flight to Denizli.... so why not?  

The walk from the Galata Kulesi (tower) to this area winds up along narrow and steep cobblestone streets with quaint cafes and music shops along with Doner stands and your stores with touristy wares/ knick knacky bull crap.  Anne Van had to resist the urge to buy a walnut shaped guitar (on which to play Can't Touch This which she has not been able to stop singing since we've been here) which is called a Cura. 

We walked around a bit looking for breakfast and somehow ended up in one of the many potato themed restaurants (PatatOs) , which was equivalent to a fast food restaurant.   We had Doners, burgers, and french fries with mayonnaise and ketchup which is apparently the Turkish way.

Next we ended up at Taksim Square which wasn't much to see but a monument for the 5 year anniversary of the Turkish Republic in the center.  Here we approached by an overly friendly Turkish man named Deniz.  I think we all knew he was up to something but before we knew it we were all walking to his store.  Along the way he told us about his stores in America, how he lived in USA, and all of a sudden we were seated in the back of his store sipping apple tea and he was whipping out his carpets.  One of his sells pitch was that most of his carpets were made out of baby lamb wool. An hour and a half later of unexpected time later... we had to catch our flight.

The trip to the airport was uneventful and included a wonderful in-flight meal on Turkish airlines. However,  once we landed in Denizli and collected our baggage, our apprehension about renting a car came to fruition.  No english spoken by the guy at the car place. All of our credit cards would not swipe in the machine and were thus declined and this left us to pay cash... right?   No.   Wrong.    There are no ATM machines in Denizli.  We pooled our Lira, bankrupted Chris G., and headed out to our Fiat Albea Sole.  In addition... Turkish custom precludes you receiving your rental car with an empty tank. Did we mention that only one of our party can drive a stick shift?  After some laughs we headed out with some very vague and unspecific bland maps and finally found a gas station. Did we also mention that gas is crazy expensive here? $150 for a tank and we were on our way.  

Surprisingly we reached with Pamukkale without incident until I had to parallel park the car.  We didn't know how to put the car into reverse.  Turns out there is a secret lever on the gear shift that Chris G. found from the passenger seat. The owner of our hotel got a good laugh at us trying to park. 

We put our stuff in our rooms, had an Efes, and decided to walk to the base of the travertines of Pammukale.  Along the way we had to scatter due to suspected dog attack.  Amazingly we made it to the base where the view was pretty good and similar to a small ski slope without the snow. Should be able to get some good pictures tomorrow during the day. 

Gule Gule.  


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