Turkey travel diary (day 12): Arrival at Pamukkale

A very uneventful weekend, recovering from last weekend. Next week is December and then parties and holidays galore! Woo hoo. This will be my last quiet weekend until the new year. Lots of upcoming engagements (not of the betrothal kind). Can’t believe another year has flown by. My boring (but pleasantly so) Sunday involved a sleep-in, and then a walk to the local library – had some books to return…and ended up borrowing more books too. I love libraries. Free books. Genius. I grew up living behind a local library. Our backyard even had a gate straight to the library. I grew up on books and regular trips there. We went there all the time to pick out a dozen books for the next fortnight. One of my “things” (idiosyncrasies, if you will) whenever I move, is to join the local library. It’s something I like to do. I like signing up for membership and collecting library cards. Pretty much every place in Australia and Japan I’ve lived I’ve joined the library. It’s kind of nice to belong to something. The thing with libraries is that they always have books that you wouldn’t normally read. They expand your reading horizons. Especially in Japan, where the English book section is very limited and all oh so dated. Then I went for a swim. I’ve got more time to continue my Turkey travel now, so here goes. (There’s only 4 days left and then I’ll be done.) Tuesday, October 12, 2011 From Selcuk to Pamukkale. I left Selcuk on the Tuesday around early afternoon and was on another coach bus onwards to Denizli. Gotta love the complimentary beverage and snack service on the bus. This time the dude was even wheeling a snack cart down the bus aisle.

From Pamukkale arrival

Scenic bus route through rural Turkey:

From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival

Arrived at Denizli a couple of hours later where I took another short bus ride to Pamukkale – another highlight during my trip to Turkey. It’s a tiny, tiny village with UNESCO World Heritage status. Only has a population of about 2,500. It’s popular as a 24-hour stopover. Pamukkale is world-famous for its pristine white travertines – otherwise known as the “Cotton Castle”. It’s a really unusual, fascinating sight. I didn’t really explore them until the next day. I didn’t get to Pamukkale until kind of late-ish around 5pm so I explored the little village via a photowalk. Some people walk their dogs, I walk my camera. The SLR camera – best money ever spent.

From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival

I think one of my favourite things about Turkey was the sky. It was stunning and spectacular everywhere I went. The clouds were amazing.

From Pamukkale arrival

At the base of the travertines is a beautiful park complete with a pond lake and ducks, so I took lots of photos here.

From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival
From Pamukkale arrival

Such peaceful serenity here. I loved Pamukkale already within an hour of arrival. And the next day was simply breathtaking.

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