TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE

TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
TURKEY 2016 // PAMUKKALE.
Travertine fail.

They were nothing like what the posters had promised. No pristine bright blue waters filling the terraces to the brim. Every single travertine - all dry!

Except the man-made ones, but what's the point?

Nothing like crossing an ocean, flying into Istanbul, flying to Kayseri, taking a van to Cappadocia, catching an overnight bus to Denizli, then hopping on a minivan to Pamukkale - only to find out the hard way that every terrace dried up. The hot spring water redirected. My excitement crushed. I don't think I've ever felt this so disappointed about a tourist sight falling short.

But ya know, not all was lost. This way, with no water, the travertines actually looks like the 'Cotton Castles' that Pamukkale is known for. Everything is just so insanely white. Yah, it was still a nice dreamy vision.

The city itself doesn't have much to offer. It's so small and full of restaurants and hotels geared toward tourists. I can see why most people only do day trips here. We were probably the 1% who decided to stay overnight, all for photography purposes. Glad we stayed an extra day, because our 2nd visit to the travertines ended up being a photo gold mine, despite no water. Once we've hiked to the top of the mountain, rounded the corner - lo and behold - an expanse of dry travertines with no tourists. We even walked upon them, taking our photos with ease, not having to fight for elbow space.

Overall, I wish there was a website that tells you whether or not the travertines are full. That be nice. Otherwise, I would have redirected our travels elsewhere in Turkey!

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When: May 2016
Temp: 60-75F
Stay: Sahin Hotel, $35/night for private room.

Bus ride from Cappadocia to Denizli: $55/person.
Entrance fee to Travertines: $30/person.


-jin-