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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

P stands for Pamukkale



The spring waters tumbling into the river below.


Pamukkale ( Cotton Castle) is an enchanting and remarkable sight in Turkey. It is set high upon a plateau almost 400 feet high, rising in a curtain of stalagmites and stepped shallow pools, merging one into another on hundreds of different levels. It's described as a fairyland of cotton white forms with pale blue water cascading gently down.

Cleopatra's Pool.

 It was formed by water laden with limestone from the thermal springs of Cal Dagi. Pamukkale is also home to Cleopatra's Pool.

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We actually bathed in this beautiful part of Paradise.

 Cleopatra's  Pool  is a basin full of thermal hot water that for centuries have given health to those who bathe in it. Pamukkale has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 and is one of the most visited places in Turkey.


 

33 comments:

  1. Hi Diane , How amazing. The spring waters certainly look inviting , somewhere I would go. Very interesting . take care xo Anne

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  2. What a lovely time you spent overthere! Thank you for your kind comment. I am overwhelmed by your enthusiasm for the other country St Paul travelled in.
    It's very beautiful!
    Kind regards, dear Denise.
    Wil, ABCW Team

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  3. Amazing. That site really is remarkable. I wouldn't mind a little soak in some nice thermal hot water!

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  4. Looks heavenly!
    Terrific pics!
    Happy ABCW!

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  5. Hi Anne,
    Good to hear from you again.
    We were fortunate enough to be able to paddle in the delightful waters but did swim in Cleopatra's pool, which was lower down the mountain.
    The authorities have stopped people walking on the site now because of erosion.
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team xxxx

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  6. Hi Wil;
    Good to hear from you again and thanks for your kind comments.
    I cannot enthuse enough about Turkey, it is such a diverse and beautiful country. The Turkish people are so hospitable too.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  7. Hi Roger,
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  8. Hi Ellen, good to hear from you again.
    Cleopatra's pool was surprisingly warm and quite beneficial to swim in.
    I have arthritis and certainly felt the benefit of the waters.

    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  9. Photo Cache:
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
    If you have the opportunity, you must visit Turkey, some amazing photographic opportunities too!

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  10. Indrani:
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
    We certainly have had some amazing experiences in Turkey, so much to see, so much to do.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  11. The sparkling blue color is striking!!
    Ann

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  12. The water looks spectacular! It truly would be like being in paradise. Blessings!

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  13. Beautiful! I've never seen anything like that before, even in pictures. So, do you think Cleopatra may have felt the same way you did bathing in the water.

    I'm so taken with Turkey now that when I came across a Turkish cookbook at the library the other day, I checked it out.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  14. Murthy:
    Hi there thanks for stopping by.
    Yes, Turkey sure is a most interesting place, every corner you turn there's something of interest to see.. I'd like to be there just now, may is a good month to visit before it gets too hot!

    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  15. Hi Arnoldo.
    Good to hear from you again. it truly was like Paradise there, just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we were taken to Cleopatra's Pool was beautiful too.
    When the Garden of Eden was talked about in The Book of Genesis, Cleopatra's Pool is just how I imagined it, without the Serpent, I'm relieved to say !
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  16. Hello Ann,
    thanks for stopping by and your comments. The colours are spectacular and I believe, caused mineral deposits in the feeder river.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  17. Hi Su-siee,
    Thanks for stopping by and your comments.I bet the pool was a great hit with Cleopatra, I bet she gazed at her reflection in the crystal clear water.
    I always picture Elizabeth Taylor when she starred in the block buster movie of Cleopatra. I never forget the scene when she sailed into Rome in the royal barge, to meet with Caesar.
    She was such a beautiful woman, and oh, those violet blue eyes.
    Little wonder that Richard Burton fell in love with her.
    I'm pleased you had a look at the Turkish cookery book, one of my favourite recipes is
    'Imam Bayildi' Aubergine(egg plant) stuffed with fragrant minced lamb and tomatoes.
    I wonder, does The Mama grow aubergines in her garden?
    You can also do a vegetarian version of it too, absolutely delicious.
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  18. Impressive...wonderful that you saw this in person♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/paths-taken/

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  19. These are beyond words beautiful! NZ had some Pink Terraces until a volcano buried them.

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  20. although i'm not fond of getting wet, your fotographs are very apealing to take a dive ;-)

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  21. Hi Laurie, thanks for stopping by and your comments.
    We were fortunate to be able to take a dip in the pools because, shortly after, people were banned from bathing because of erosion but there are a couple of hotel that have water from the sprin diverted into their swimming pools, so that is even better as you can totally immerse yourself in the health giving waters,
    As I have arthritis I certainly did feel the benefit! I was virtually pain free for the rest of the holiday.

    Best wishes,
    Di,
    ABCW team.

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  22. Betty NZ.
    Thanks for stopping by and your comments, What a pity your thermal spa got lost after a volcano, they really are good to bathe in, particularly if you have any arthritic disorders!

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  23. Hi Melody, good to hear from you again I'm sure you'd enjoy a thermal dip as the water isn't very deep, just enough to swim in and enjoy the benefits of the health giving water in the spa.

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  24. The water is such a lovely gentle turquoise colour. Looks beautiful.

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  25. Hi Tulika,
    Thanks for stopping by and your comments.
    The water colour is amazing and bathing in the warm spa waters in Cleopatra's pool was wonderful, something I've never forgotten.
    I have so many wonderful memories of Turkey and there's more to come at an appropriate time or rather, a suitable letter...

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  26. I've seen something similar in Yellowstone National Park. Thermal pools are so interesting. You asked if Pinesap plants can kill the trees where they grow. I do not believe so. They are so small and usually get their nutrients from the decaying matter around the base of the trees. - Margy

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  27. When I first set my eyes on those layer of thermal pools my first thought was Yellow Stone park here in USA. Ah I see now how so wrong I was, these look more prettier than the ones in Yellow Stone Park.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  28. Powell River Books:
    Hi Margy, thanks for stopping by and your comments.
    I think I've read somewhere about
    thermal springs at Yellowstone Park, I shall have a look on google to see if there is any information about them.
    Thanks for letting me know about the Pinesap, I rather like the look of that plant, almost sub tropical!

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  29. Fritz Ant:
    Good to hear from you and thanks for commenting.
    The previous commenter mentioned Yellowstone Park in the US so I am going to do a bit of research because I thought Pamukkale was unique....so perhaps not!

    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  30. I am so sorry to have been out of touch, Trubes! My goodness, how very beautiful Pamukkale is! I could just imagine slipping into that paradise and resting on those "cotton white" clouds with blue water cascading over me. Just two nights ago, we saw "The Water Diviners" so your post about Turkey felt very timely.

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I always try to reply to each comment on an individual basis so please pop back, when you have time, as there may be more to learn from either side, i.e. myself and commenter Thank you, Di x

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