Day 07 - Day Trip to Pamukkale
Pamukkale Travel Blog› entry 7 of 42 › view all entries
Pamukkale was one of the â€śmust seeâ€ť items on our to-do list in
The coach picked us up from the hostel at 9am and we settled in for the 3 hour ride in the minibus.
The guide decided to take us into the site via the north entrance which meant walking through the ruins before seeing the â€ś
Pamukkale, the smooth, white formation on the mountainside created by the flow of calcified water was a bit of a disappointment. A number of hotels were built on the site, just above the formations but whilst they have since been destroyed, the damage they caused (such as the redirection of the water flow and creation of loads of man made pools) has not been fixed. Whilst there is no longer any water flowing to most of the site, the calcified white formations still remain so unfortunately, the site only gave me a sick impression of the environment vandalism carried out on the area â€“ it is left to the imagination of the visitor to try and guess how truly impressive this natural wonder might have been before we stuffed it up.
Like the drive out to Pamukkale, the return trip was uneventful and whilst we were quite tired from our day of travelling, we headed out for a bite to eat anyway. Armed with a tourist map of the town we went in search of the municipal pool, which strangely, has a restaurant associated with it. Just when we thought we were well lost and weâ€™d have to resort to grabbing a kebab at a street vendor, we stumbled across the place. This place is well renowed for cheap, quality food â€“ as is said to be a favourite haunt for the locals. However, when we arrived, we were the only people in the place and the menu they handed us was in Turkish. Great .. the one time I forgot to bring the phrase book with me!! Taking the menus to the food counter, with the help of the waiter and loads of pointing, nodding and waving we were able to decipher few items on the menu and order dinner. Like most of our meals on this trip so far, it was good food at a good price.