Blogs from Pamukkale, Aegean, Turkey, Middle East


Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale February 24th 2020

23 Feb 2020 Sirince We decided to catch the town bus to the little town of Sirince today. Its a little piece of heaven about 8 kms away. Being a Sunday, this small Greek village, surrounded by thousands of Olive trees, is expected to be a little busy with weekend visitors. I'm not sure if it is always bazarre like, but it is today, and we're browsing through the produce on offer, including the wine tastings, which are at almost every 5th shop. Now I've heard a little bit about the differnet types of milk that are ingested in this part of the world, and of their medicinal qualities, but I'm a little surprised that horse and donkey milk are a thing! Donkey milk is apparently very similar to human milk so is very nutritious for ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale December 29th 2019

Heute habe ich wieder ausgiebig gefrühstückt und bin dann mit dem Taxi nach Pamukkale zu den Kalksteinterassen und der Ruinenanlage Hierapolis gefahren. Beides war sehr sehenswert. Ich hätte eigentlich gerne an einer Tour teilgenommen oder einen Gemeinschafts-Minibus benutzt. Aber das Hotel meinte, dazu müsste ich wieder zum Busbahnhof und dann hätte ich dafür auch wieder ein Taxi gebraucht. Daher hier einmal eine teurere Lösung, aber für die etwa 20 Kilometer einfach waren die insgesamt 30 Euro noch im Rahmen. Wenn ich aber von Izmir nach Ephesus will, sind es dann vielleicht 50 Kilometer und ich hoffe, ich finde dafür eine Halbtagestour. Da war das Hotel in Istanbul etwas geschäftstüchtiger, denn die wollten mir eine Bosporusfahrt vermitteln. Der Taxifahrer versuchte mir auch noch den Besuch einer Bergbahn schmackhaft machen (nach vielen rein türkisch sprechenden Kollegen, konnte er ... read more
In Pamukkale.
In Pamukkale.
In Pamukkale.

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale October 1st 2019

Pamukkale is a well known place to visit within Turkey where there are amazing white tiered calcium deposits, old Roman ruins, an amphitheatre and pools all in the one place, it's a great place to visit for a day! Many people will come here for a day trip and we were the same. We had spent the night in Denizli and caught a bus in the morning to get to Pamukkale. It is better to get there in the morning before the tour groups get there. We entered from the South Gate and walked up the Calcium deposits while Hot Air Balloons drifted ominously above. By the time we slowly made our way to the top, more people had arrived so we decided to go to the quieter places like the pools and amphitheatre. We contemplated ... read more
Roman Amphitheatre Pamukkale
Pools Pamukkale

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale March 31st 2018

Anticipation, expectation, inspiration,giddiness, baited breath… no thesaurus could list enough words to describe my feelings as we pull up to my most longed for experiencing of place. Pamukkale, known as 'Cotton Castle’s is laid out before me in all its glistening white splendour and I can't wait to get up there and see it in close up. Sometimes if you big things up too much they disappoint in reality but not this time. As we reach the start of the white calcified surface of the mountainside with warm water trickling down we have to take off our shoes and walk to the top bare footed so as not to damage it. The feeling under foot is a little rough, the surface made of pretty ridged patterns a little like wet sand on the shore. We pass ... read more
Pamukkale cotton castles
Pamukkale cotton castles
Pamukkale cotton castles

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale August 16th 2016

You all saw those postcard pictures....but can you only put the location on the map? I couldn't precisely few months ago too, but I cannot claim to have see the world without making it one day to Pamukkale. From Cappadocia, I could have fly back to Istanbul, than transfer to another flight to Denizli. Instead, I went on the backpacker way. I spent my night in two buses plus a minivan all the way from Urgup to Pamukkale. The bus ticket was 17usd. I had no idea what to expect. The buses were full. These buses are not really the one you find on long distances in South America. They were clean, service was decent....but a comfortable night it was not. These buses must be great for a 4-5 hours day ride...not that easy for a ... read more
This is the result of calcium carbonate
Main theatre of Hieropolis
These pools where carved to reach the bottom of the valley...

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale May 29th 2016

The travertine terraces of Pamukkale must have been pretty striking in ancient times, too, because a Hellenistic king founded a city called Hierapolis on the plateau above them. It was quite large and a few parts remain impressive today, such as a theatre on the hillside, the northern city gateway and an enormous area full of fancy tombs. I spent several hours roaming around the city (at a much slower pace than we did on the tour - there were certain people always keen to wrap it up and get to the beer!) The sun was blazing and I got burnt in unexpected places, such as strips on my feet where my sandals have gaps.... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale May 28th 2016

It was a travel day today: 3.5 hours on a bus trying to be a plane and 30 minutes on a bus trying to be a taxi. What I'd heard about Turkish intercity buses was all true: they're run more like planes, with seat-back screens, reclining bucket seats and drink+snack service. Not a bad way to travel. Then I took a dolmuş for the final leg of the trip to Pamukkale: a bus with about 15 seats that serves smaller places. Not many foreign tourists here. The owner of the hotel told me that even though it's early in the season there would normally be more Western Europeans and North Americans. The mineral springs were pretty busy, but almost everyone seemed to be Turkish.... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale November 4th 2015

We arrived in Denizli, the main city near Pamukkale, a little than expected. Along the way our bus stopped to pick up a guy on the side of the road; it looked like his whole village had come out to say farewell. There was lots of dancing, cheering and throwing him up in the air. Eventually he climbed onto the bus and we continued on our way towards Denizli…with a motorcade of his (drunk) friends driving in front of us very slowly, weaving in and out of each other and blocking entire width of the road so that we couldn’t overtake. After about 15 minutes of that they stopped in front of the bus and the guy got off the bus to dance with them for a while longer before he finally hopped back on and ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale October 15th 2015

Like every bus journey we've made in Turkey Antalya to Denizli was an uneventful breeze – helpful people at the otogar to point us in the right direction, plenty of available seats, modern comfortable buses, smooth driving, onboard wifi - not at all what we're used to. We didn't even have to wait for the dolmuş to Pamukkale fill up as we got nearly the last two seats. All a bit too good to be true, but we'll take the smooth with the rough. It turns out the travertine’s at Pammukale have been getting drier for years – too much water being diverted for commercial uses apparently, so it was less spectacular than we'd expected. Even if we'd known this in advance we'd still have gone so it was definitely worth the visit, but lacked the ... read more
View From The Top
One Of The Few Pools With Water
More Empty Pools

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale August 20th 2015

There are seven churches in Asia minor that are addressed in the first three chapters of the Book of Revelation: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. We were in/or near four of the seven today and we'll be in Ephesus later this week. I don't know much about the Book of Revelation, but this journey is transforming these abstract communities into real people with real struggles. As we speed down the highway after landing in Izmir (Smyrna), we are surrounded by beautiful mountains, fields of grapes, figs (fresh figs from the road side stand are way better than Fig Newtons), oranges and many other fruits. On this hot, muggy day, we had the chance to visit Sardis and Laodicea and walk among the ruins of the Persians, Greeks, Romans as well as early Christian ... read more
Terrain nearby Sardis
4th Century Christian Church of Sardis
Fr. vanThan reads to us in Sardis from the Book of Revelation

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