Day 4 Pamukkale

Trip Start Jul 02, 2013
Trip End Jul 13, 2013

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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

After our stay at Laodicea we set out for the white cliffs of Pamukkale. These huge white cliffs give the impression of water suspended in air. Here mineral-rich volcanic spring water runs into natural basins and terraces forming 17 hot springs. People have been traveling to Pamukkale since 500 BC for its healing waters. They are believed to cure rheumatism and other ailments.
After our tour we all took off our shoes and waded into the healing waters. Before putting our shoes back on, a few brave souls got a foot fish massage. You put your feet in special tanks and many small fish nibble on your feet and legs. Weird sensation but sort of fun.
After lunch at Bolu we got on the road again and began our 3 hr trip to Antalya.
After an impressive trip through the mountains of southwest Turkey we arrived in the resort city of Antalya. Mehmet had a surprise for us- he booked us at the Adonis Hotel, an all inclusive resort on the Mediterranean. After unpacking Fr. Tony made arrangements to say Mass for us. It was a special moment. Imagine an American priest and a small weary group of travelers in a foreign land sitting around a table in the empty hotel bar with a glass of red wine, bottled water, and pizza bread. A memorable ceremony.
After dinner at the hotel, we stopped by the lounge and then walked down to water level to attend a variety show. Very surreal, the show was in Russian and Iranian with American music. We had a few laughs. There were also 2 weddings at the hotel with Turkish bands and fireworks. July 4th on July 6th!
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