This was the next stage of our trip after Konya. I didn't manage to get here 12 years ago and as it was more or less on the way back to Istanbul, it was worth taking the detour. Impossible to get here by train from Konya, they are rebuilding the line, in places there are no tracks - so we took the bus.
It looks like snow. Defiantly isn't snow. It's 35 degrees and I'm getting sunburnt. Swimming in hot pools on a mountain. Where am I?
Here is a series of pictures that were taken as I explored the area.
More detailed will be added about the location later.
Pamukkale, Denizli province of southwestern Turkey is a natural position. Urban spas and terraces flowing waters of the carbonate minerals, travertine covers. In the Aegean region of Turkey, the Menderes River valley has a temperate climate.
Ancient city of Hierapolis, the total length of 2700 meters, 600 meters wide and 160-meter-high white "castle" was built on. Pamukkale, Denizli, 20 km distant from the hills on the opposite side of the valley can be seen in the center.
The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is like a mini-city of shops selling anything and everything. The Ottomans under Sultan Mehmet II started the bazaar's construction in 1455 for all of their shopping needs. Today, the bazaar employs 26,000 people, and receives between 250,000 to 400,000 visitors daily. I wonder whether we visited on a quiet day, as I didn't get the sense that it was THAT busy.
So as promised, here is a photograph of the beautiful scarf I purchased for a whopping £61 at the Grand Bazaar. £61 ended up being a third of the original asking price and the result of about a half hour of haggling, so I have to say I do believe we got a pretty good deal. Maybe. But it is stunning and pretty much the whole scarf is covered with intricate chain stitches (hand stitched too!).
I was stuck in Istanbul for a few days more than I'd planned, hoping to get my Iranian visa. While there, I was staying in the modern centre of the city. Since I didn't feel like doing a lot more sightseeing, I just kept wandering around Istanbul's buzzing centre, particularly through the most lively and famous of all its commercial streets: Istiklal Caddesi.
On this tomb monument dated to the Roman Era, 1st century AD and found in Marmara Ereğlisi, a town in the Marmara region of Turkey, the armored Tiberius Flavius is depicted at the center on his rearing horse. There are 2 Roman soldiers standing on the right side and 3 on the left side.
Now I am talking about a old historical places. It is 18 thousand years old and every day hundreds of people visit this place.
While walking between sycamores, you can be fescinated from Ayasofya museum. It is the oldest cathedral in the world and it means noble wisdom.
Sultanahmet mosque is a symbol sultan of cities. It was build from 1.Murat.
It is a tower which builded by Byzantine Empire in 528 for ligtening to İstanbul strait. After 820 years, Genoeses restored this tower and they named "İsa Tower". İn that years it was the highest structure in İstanbul.
This tower restoreted again by Ottaman Empire and it is used for dungeon and observatory. And most fameous myth about this tower that, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi could fly Galata Tower to Üsküdar.
According to Father of history, Halikarnas's stories; this village was builded by Doris.
In time, Bodrum become the centre of tourism thanks to nature, historical structure, and log beaches. Amusing nightlife, and activities, festivals are famous properties.
If you visit Bodrum, You absolutely should go to Mausoleum. It is builded by Artemisia for memory of King Mausolos.
Bodrum antique theatre which played first games are on behalf of Dionysos honour, Bodrum tower and museum still protect their radiance.
It is a kind of wonder of nature. Do you believe that lime can cause wonderful travertine and pools? Pamukkale is an example of this. Pamukkale's limewater is sanative and thanks to it this place become center of health tourism.
Walking by barefoot, to eat delicious salmon or trekking at antique city. You can do it all ones at Pamukkale.
So, with a mere two days to experience all Istanbul has to offer I checked in with Gem, our expertly knowledgable concierge at the W Hotel, and he suggested a few must-dos for this magnificent and multi-faceted city. That meant Saturday tackling the bazaars and a cruise of the Bosphorus.
1. Still a bit jet-lagged and recovering from our night in Taksim Square, we slept in until 9am, skipped breakfast, then fetched some Turkish lira from a bank machine in the Migros convenience store a couple of blocks away.
With Germany playing in the EURO Quarterfinals today I was inspired to write a Germany themed post. For those of you who weren't aware I was born in the Fatherland and have the privilege of being a dual citizen. So go Deutschland!!!
Anyway, this post isn't really about Germany it's just inspired by Germany. In 2005 I went to visit the Fatherland with my mom and little brother.
Arrived in Gazipasa after a long bus trip from Antalya and several lessons: Lesson number one, learn more Turkish; two, people lie; three, people don’t know their own country. After many hours and help from a lovely Swedish woman who explained that the Turkish men were having fun confusing us, grrrr, we are now in a lovely town with lovely people and excellent food.
Well I know it's been a long time since I last regaled you all of the delicious culinary offerings of Turkey, but never fear! I'm back! Here are a few more tidbits that will surely make you book the next flight out.
I teased you with a photo of lok in my post about Ayvalik, but I definitely need to expand on the gloriousness that is this sweet.
Hello bloggers! Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I've had a very busy (and fun) few weeks. It's safe to say that after returning back to the dull and grey UK, I have definitely been struck with a severe case of holiday blues :( But nevertheless, I still have the memories (and the tan) from Turkey to keep me sane!
So on Saturday I didn't end up going to Taksim, but Rhita and I walked down to Bebek and talked for a long time and OK, yes, I may have had another Bebek waffle. It was delicious and I have no regrets.
Sunday, Nana and Alicia and I decided to go back to Buyukada, the largest of the Prince's Islands, to spend the day at one of the beaches there!
These couple of days in Istanbul we are thoroughly discovering the old town of Sultanahmet located on the Seraglio point. Also we had the opportunity to learn about the city’s colorful history, much of which we share with both the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire due to Macedonia’s proximate location to now day Turkey, which was automatically an easy target for the Ottomans to conquer and control.
Eight days in Turkey, a well-deserved holiday after a year of hard work. From visiting Ephesos, a boat trip to Samos (Greece)… to being lazy at the beach with too many cocktails, I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks, dad, for the wonderful trip! Here, my Instagram pictures:
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