19.08.2011 - 19.08.2011 35 °C
Left Kusadaci after an interesting and very memorable breakfast in the courtyard of the castle. The chef brought little dishes of everything to our table - yoghurt and honey (yum), tomatoes, olives, cheese, jam, bread and freshly cooked warm croissants. Very nice. It was one of those breakfasts that you will never forget.
On the road at 9.10 am and had a pretty good trip to Pamukkale - arrived at 11.30 am ish.
As we say, "you can never go back" and Phil has found this is true with Pamukkale. 40 years ago all the hotels were up on top of the cliffs with swimming pools that overlooked the calcuim pools and the valley.
Today, all the hotels are gone and a few three and four star hotels are down in the town. Nowadays, you can walk up and down the mountain and the pools. Our hotel, the Grand Svegi is not very grand any more. It has about 100 rooms and no one staying here - just us and a German family. The huge pool is lovely.
The rest of the hotel needs a lot of TLC. No bathmat, no toiletries, no plugs. Phil asked for two plugs - "what do you want two plugs for?" they ask. I did some washing and put it on the balcony and it dried in no time at all, so I did some tee shirts and they dried almost straight away. We walked to the town for lunch and I had a nice cheese and spinach pancake. Went next door and had a honey pancake. Met an Aussie girl travelling on her own - Danielle Ireland from Caulfield in Melbourne. Didn't have much of a travel plan and seemed to be going places on a whim and back tracking over a lot of ground.
Came back to the hotel and had a swim. Phil met some Germans in the pool and had a long chat to them. After our swim, we walked up the mountain to the calcium pools. Quite lovely and amazing. We had to take our shoes off when we were at the pools and it was a bit painful sometimes - tiny sharp stones. I'm glad we made the effort to walk up there. It was so unique.
Some signs just need to be photographed!
We went to the antique pool which has stone relics lying all over the bottom of the pool. We didn't swim there because they were closing in 20 minutes.
Apparently the hotels were closed down and pulled down in 1988 because they were using all the water and polluting it. We saw evidence of this still - black pools. Bill Wells told me about this years and years ago.
I had a dip in the calcium pools. It was a bit hard and sharp on my backside!
We took photos at sunset and walked back down; feet a bit tender but a wonderful experience. I'm sorry I didn't see it 40 years ago, but 40 years ago you couldn't walk on it, so that was a plus.
Freshened up and went into the town for dinner. Walked further down the street from where we had lunch and found a very nicely appointed restaurant - Konak Sade Restaurant - with a swimming pool in the middle of it and the water from the Pamukkale terraces flowing through it. We sat on the terrace and even though it has been very hot for the past few days, there is always a breeze blowing. Danielle Ireland was having dinner there too, so we chatted to her some more. Finally I got to have some lamb chops - very nice and Phil had meat balls and asked for a tomato, cucumber, onion and olive salad and they made it up for him. At the end of our dinner they gave us a complimentary apple tea, which tasted like green apple tea.
On the way back to the hotel, we bumped into the German man and his wife and he showed Phil on his map the best way to drive from Pamukkale to Canakale. Of course, the plug didn't fit the bath and the water was cool and there was no soap or bath gel, but I splashed around and went to bed. My nose has been playing up since the first week on the boat. None of my medication seems to be working. I am at my wits end!!