Turkey – part 2: Pamukkale

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People come to Pamukkale in order to soak themselves under the hot springs at special place: the white travertines.

Next to the entrance, beneath the hill, there is a wide picturesque view with the crystal lake and mallards.

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It’s in the winter, but the white color isn’t snow. Yes, it’s white limestone hill.

We walked up by bare feet, and there were many places we felt like bitten by needles because of cold water (the temp outside was 1-3 degree Celsius in mid of December), but fortunately, there were some place the water was warm (I guess because of the reaction between lime and water).

the travertine

the travertine

On top of the hill, there is an ancient ruin: the Hierapolis
We could see the temple of Apollo:

Apollo temple @ Hierapolis

Apollo temple @ Hierapolis

And this is the Plutonium (Gate to Hell), which is believed the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition:

Gate to Hell (Plutonium)

Gate to Hell (Plutonium)

It’s quite calm in the villages/towns around Pamukkale. If you have chance to visit there, we would suggest to come to any small coffee shop and give sahlep a try. We had a good time with this kind of drink, from an old lovely couples 🙂

(to be continued)

Turkey – part 1: Selcuk & Ephesus

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It was a great time in Turkey, and off-season travelling was a good choice for us. Even it’s a bit cold, but there were not many people, and we did enjoy 4 weeks in this charming country.

Landing Ataturk airport at mid-night, and sleeping at airport is always convenient, money-and-time saving 🙂

sleeping @ Ataturk airport

sleeping @ Ataturk airport

We took the early flight to Izmir next morning, then moved ahead to Selcuk by train.

This small square really impressed us: blue sky, ancient pillar, and many locals gathered for coffee and tea.

Selcuk square

Selcuk square

There are also many restaurants around here, with good price and good food.

14-km far from Selcuk is Sirince village, where we could get there by bus (there are many buses, hourly, to connect these 2 points).
The ambiance here was great, and we felt relax wandering there in the afternoon.

Sirince corner

Sirince corner

On the way moving from Selcuk to Ephesus, we would pass-by the Temple of Artemis (Artemision), one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. But all available today is here, unfortunately, because of arson by Herostratus and plundering.

Temple of Artemis

Temple of Artemis

 

And Ancient City of Ephesus was very worthy spending a day, especially for ones who love ruin sites.

Walking through/across Arcadian Way and Curetes Street, we could see the Ephesus Theatre. I think it’s less monumental then arenas in Italy, but this was the first of this type I’ve ever seen.

Ephesus theatre

Ephesus theatre

Selcuk Library is the 3rd biggest library in the ancient time. We stood there wondering how people could build it from the stone, and imagined how was the atmosphere when people came there to study/read.

Selcuk Library

Selcuk Library

There are 4 statues in front of the gates of the Library, who are: Sophia (Wisdom), Arete (Virtue), Ennoia (Intelligence), and Episteme (Knowledge).

Sophia (Wisdom)

Sophia (Wisdom)

Arete (Virtue)

Arete (Virtue)

Ennoia (Intelligence)

Ennoia (Intelligence)

Episteme (Knowledge)

Episteme (Knowledge)

Next by the Library, there is an ancient market, where the trading rules were set in stone.

Ancient market in Ephesus

Ancient market in Ephesus

And we wish to have time-travel-machine, in order to see how ancient people exchanged goods at least once in our lives ^^

(to be continued)