Calcium never looked so good.
Aug 20, 2009
Arrived in Denzili from Olympus and a rather lovely bus trip through some rocky slopes studded with perfect Christmas trees. Got picked up by a very pleasant tout, they can come in handy if you don't have an address and this guy was very lay back. He arranged for his cousin Ali Baba (would you trust anyone with that name?) to meet me at Pamukale. One of the good things about travelling off season is being able to bargain on accom, which I do and got this place down to 20TL for a lovely room overlooking the pool. Ali Baba talked me into going to visit a natural hot spa, that I stupidly thought was public, NOT!! Indulging in risky behaviour again, but all was ok and had a strange night, drinking the local wine and percolating under the stars in some very hot water, in a very small pond, a long way from anywhere.
The next day was a walk around the travertines the first thing I saw in Turkey that must be a worldwide one and only. How to describe this place in words I really don't know so I will leave it up to the pics. The greatest adventure was getting in and out, if you go in the closest and most obvious entrance to the town you have to take your shoes off to walk across the travertines, a slippery cold affair, so they don't get damaged, ok, I could live with that...but walking out the same way after sunset (4.45pm) in the cold and rain didn't appeal so I decided to walk out the exit where all the coaches parked. To my horror, when I walked around the first corner I realised I was up for a long walk (some 7ks) that stretched out around distant hills, with no town in sight, along a 6 lane road, in the dark and rain. I absolutely jumped out in front of the taxi that came down the hill!! He was not getting away without picking me up!!
The ruins behind the travertines were well worth seeing, they boast a huge amphitheatre, that even had a few statues left in it and a magnificent view across the countryside. On the walk around the edge of the travertines there is a very strange rocky, narrow cliff formation that all made for a great walk, above where the hot springs from the night before were. It cost another 20TL on top of the entrance fee of 20TL to swim in the public hot spas, complete with ruins, so I gave that a miss, had a beer and took a few photos of some overweight Russian and German tourists enjoying the water. The little museum was a great place to escape the rain and displayed the rest of the statues from the amphitheatre, as well as some lovely funery art.
The highlight of this day was looking at the photos that night on the computer, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!!