What is there to do in Pamukkale town once you've exhausted the cotton castle hot spring terraces and are done visiting the Hierapolis? We found great food, tasty dondurma (Turkish ice cream), some cool places to relax, and a fun afternoon at Pamukkale Natural Park.
Turkey is a beautiful country with tons of attractions. One of the most famous that helped convince us to visit were the famous natural travertine pools in Pamukkale. The travertines, glowing white natural hot pools terraced along a mountainside, are featured in almost every tourist brochure about Turkey. Rightly so. They are amazing.
"We're going to sleep in a cave, Mom? Like Batman?" The kiddos were a bit incredulous about our next adventure. And to tell the truth, I wasn't entirely sure that booking a few nights in a cave would be a great idea. Would it be damp? Or dark? Or, as Cole asked, would there be Batman?
In our last post, we wrote about our hot air balloon ride in Goreme, Turkey. We wanted to give you a real feel for what it was like to soar hundreds of feet over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, so we created this video. Come soar with us over Cappadocia!
It's 4:15 in the morning, and there's a knock at our door. My groggy brain can only come up with two possible reasons for a knock at this hour: The hotel is on fire or the pizza delivery guy's ridiculously late. Then it hits me. Hot air ballooning. We're about to jump in a hot air balloon to see the spectacular scenery of Cappadocia. Rick Steeves calls ballooning in Cappadocia "a travel experience of a lifetime", and I'm itching to see if he's right...
We usually like to travel slowly, taking the time to discover the character and hidden treasures of a city. Unfortunately, we found ourselves with only an afternoon to check out Istanbul's main sights. After the initial panic subsided, we got busy and set up an itinerary that would let us check out the must see attractions quickly. Luckily, most of Istanbul's main sights are within easy walking distance in the old city in Sultanhamet. Check out the sights and sounds we found in our six hours sightseeing in Istanbul's old city.
People visit Turkey for many reasons: The thriving culture, sparkling sapphire seaside, world famous healing spas and amazing historical sites. It's a unique, vibrant country where a rich Middle Eastern culture meets the Western world. But enough of that. We want to go there for the ice cream. Here's why ...