Today we are leaving Dalyan and heading to another coastal village called Kas. Our time in Dalyan has been so incredibly special for many reasons. We have enjoyed being here with Meg and Jane and we wish them well as they head to France. We have enjoyed our many trips to ruins and natural wonders. Without a doubt though, our favorite has been Iztuzu Beach and the Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. We had the amazing opportunity to learn about the loggerhead turtle and its' stunning breeding ground. We have gained such an incredible affection and appreciation for this area of Turkey.
Three days ago we set out early in the morning to visit one of Turkey's most spectacular natural sites, Pammukle. As soon as you approach the mountain you immediately understand why so many people visit this site. Pammukale translates to Cotton Mountain in Turkush. This place is exceptionally beautiful and awe-inspiring. The white mountain is covered with cristalline travertines that have been formed over thousands of years. Luke warm water from a nearby hot spring is very high in calcium carbonate, as the water cascades down the mountain, it leaves mineral deposits, as the deposit covers the mountain it forms many travertines and the result is absolutely breath taking! It is hard to describe the feeling of walking up this magnificent mountain through travertines filled with Luke warm, mineral rich water on a hot sunny day.
As you approach the top of the mountain you are greeted by fantastic Roman ruins. Back in the day, Pammukale was a cure centre and pilgrims visited this site from far and wide. The Romns built a spectacular city which has been inhabited by many people. It was great to wander the ruins before heading back down the spectacular mountain.
On our way back to Dalyan we checked out one more site on a whim. We were not disappointed to stop at the ancient city of Afrodisias. The kids were not convinced that we had to visit another ancient classical city that day. After some food in the belly, a pop of their choice and an ice- cream we set off! Afrodisias is probably one of the best preserved Greco-Roman classical city in Turkey as it serves as a archelogical branch to New York University. You wander the site and at the same time witness excavations in progress. My favorite site was the stunning gateway to Afrodite 's temple. The temple gateway was rebuilt using over 80% of it's original material. The gateway welcomed pilgrims from far and wide yo the city.
We were able to walk around the city at our leisure as there were virtually no other tourists there. The stadium is virtually intact offers a fantastic example of Roman entertainment complexes! The actual temple of Afrodites is incomplete as it was rebuilt by th Byzntines. It has been, however, reconstructed somewhat and you are able to appreciate its' former grandeur. We wandrered through houses, roman baths, Agoras, theaters, and odeums. The town of Afrodisias was also a centre for carving and sculptor. You see many examples of the ornate and gorgeous statues that would
have at one time filled the city. This was an exceptional site to visit and a wonderful opportunity to get a sense of exactly how the ancient Roman city's were set up. The site archaeologists also do a marvelous job of explaining what each structure or place was used for.
We have spent the last couple of days enjoying the beach, the town and the pool! Enjoy the pictures. If you look in the gallery, you will see an explanation of each photo.
We hope that you are all well, we miss our friends and family so much!