12.05.2009 - 12.05.2009 29 °C
I was soooo sorry to leave Selçuk but more wonders awaited....after a very long trip.
The bus ride was not the most comfortable but again, it was worth it. The scenery is like nothing I expected (I guess I thought it would be barren). Green, lush, with snow capped mountains in the back ground and herds of goats milling around the road. Olive groves, fruit groves, lots of tractors and craggy mountains. We tried some local delicacy of Alicaz which looked like a bucket of lard but infact tasted like incredibly sweet rice pudding. I've taken to the yoghurt drink here. It's not to everyone's taste as it is like having runny jalna. A bit tart for those with a sweet tooth in the group which appears to be most of them.
My first glimpse of Pammukale Travertines was breathtaking. Reaching up into the sky were these white cliffs blindingly bright in the midday sun. We arrived at our hotel (Melrose Place!) and walked back into town in the heat and then up the white cliff until we were standing in the cool aqua water of the calcium rich water.
Once we reached the top the idea of swimming in hot thermal springs was not as inviting as they had been when we were travelling here. Too hot to imagine getting warmer I decided to visit the Hieropolis museum. I know it can get a bit boring seeing ruin after ruin but I'm not there yet. Looking at these remains I imagine what it was like for the archaeolist who discovered it. I imagine who it was who carved it. I image how many people admired these things however many year ago. Oh, and the museum was nice and cool.
After this I sat in the shade enjoying a rather expensive but well earned Fistik Magnum and just enjoyed the site of the Travertines. I'm sorry I don't have photos to put up yet but I would suggest doing a google search in pictures and you will see why I can't really put it into words.
But the real magic for me was when I wandered away from the group and explored Hieropolis. I walked along roads that were overgrown but still existed after all these years. I found myself up at a church where I shared the view with a tortoise, a dragonfly, a lizard and a few million poppies and daisies. Oh and the soundtrack was the breeze moving through fields of green wheat like things and a chorus of birds.
After that I explored more and ended the evening watching the sun set over the Travertines.