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This is Pamukkale. With a million visitors a year it is one of the attractions of Turkey. During the 80s it become so overly touristic that was close to being destroyed it but some hotels were demolished and even it though it is a bit damaged it is still worth visiting. Quite a few years ago it was quite a common destination as honeymooners from Spain.

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Before visiting Pamukkale we went to the Hierapolis. Founded by Eumeus II in the year 190 BC on top of the mountain. The thermal waters became famous during the roman empire and the city grew until some earthquakes destroyed it and it was abandoned. In the picture one of the city doors with thick walls of a few meters. I liked the city as much or more than Pamukkale.

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You can’t miss the Necropolis. It also has a very important amphitheatre for 12.000 people that is in great state but as I’ve already shown you a few so I’m changing it for some wonderful tombs.

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The necropolis continues a few kilometres to the north. There was a lot of people coming here to be healed but seems some of them came a bit too late. Derya was asked the previous day, probably by an American tourist, “Why did Romans make so many ruins”?.

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Tombs in the calcium area. Rest in peace.

Before going to the travertines(name given to the terraces) we had a bath in the “Antique Pool”, thermal water with columns in the ground. It was good for the remains of my killer tourticullis. When the torticullis was at its worst I was thinking  “Seems impossible that a head is so heavy”.

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General view of the travertine formed by calcium carbonate.

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There are areas where the calcium is not very thick and doesn’t look that white. 

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After the travertines you can see the valley where the village is nowadays.

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It’s absolutely packed with Russians, must be a very famous place there, maybe because it looks like snow but you can be in a fuzzy bikini. If you are a Russian girl you can’t leave the place without a hundred pictures posing. By the way, Russia is the only country that like turkey spans two continents.

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Pamukkale means “cotton castle”. Cleopatra is supposed to have come here.

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Me and the water sliding down the wall depositing the calcium.

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There is a section of travertines that is open and you can walk barefoot and bath.

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The wind was blowing.

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 Other view.

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On the way back we saw a few villages with bottles on top of the roofs. If you have daughters in of marrying age, this is the tradition. A bit later we stopped to get a couple of wild sunflower plants for Andrés and Derya and at the last stop to see a hidden Roman aqueduct that is conserved really well.

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To finish the day we had a seabass cooked in salt in the newest restaurant of Kudasai. The price was less than 20 Euros. I have to say that the seabass was much better than the Spanish omelette I cooked the previous day. Cooked with crisps instead of potatoes following the recipe of the famous Spanish cook Arguiñano.

My next stop is Dalaman river. It’s said it is one of the most beautiful in Turkey!

See you soon.

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  1. Juer, me ha entrado un hambre viendo ese pastel de nata tan rico donde las rusas toman el sol y el resto os bañais!! que envidia la verdad *___*

    Y que fotacas más chulas… llevava unas semanas sin entrar (despiste la verdad) y me acabo de pegar una sesión de fotos tremenda… ya me contaras si entre tanta acropolis y ruinas apareció algún caballero del zodiaco ^___^

    Un abrazo!

  2. Bonitas fotos, algunas las había visto en algún power point de esos que de vez en cuando me llegan sobre viajes imposibles… Mola mucho que para ti sea una realidad.