Day 2 in Turkey: Pamukkale, the Cotton Castle.

We spent our second night in Turkey in Otel Halici, a rather popular resort hotel for folks who visit Pamukkale and the springs.

Pamukkale is called the Cotton Castle because at the right time of the year, Cotton flowers fly about everywhere. Combined with the fields of cotton , the whole region becomes covered in white. Unfortunately, there was not a patch of cotton at the time because it was not the right season.

Before seeing the hot springs, we first made a quick stop at the Hierapolis ruins.

This ruin in particular, has very little to restore from because the city was built on hills and mountains. When the earthquake for its demise struck, all the pieces of structures rolled down along the landslide, leaving very little for future restorers to work with.

We continued on to the bus to reach the Pamukkale springs.

The water from the springs is supersaturated with lime. As the water flows over the mountain, it deposits layers and layers of calcium carbonate, eventually forming a giant canyon of limestone.I cannot remember the exact figures, but I am told that the limestone layer that made the step-like forms are at least several meters in thickness.

Unfortunately, the steps were mostly dry, and I could not find the appropriate opportunity to emulate some of the more famous photos taken from the spots. The steps, especially when filled with water, form marvellous opportunities for geometric, abstract, almost surreal compositions.

Most places that are covered with limestone is off-limits for safety and preservation concerns. Even the areas that was open to public indeed was quite slippery. In fact, I almost sprained my hip from a fall while taking a walk on the steps.



After visiting the springs, we cracked onwards to Antalya, the Mediterranean Jewel of Turkey.

The Ephesian ruins was quite stuffy and hot, and the altitude of Pamukkale was a considerable relief. However, it was not long until I realised that both were nothing compared to the Mediterranean summer heat and humidity of Antalya.


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