Mamma Please! The Greeks & Turks Friends Now

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I had planned originally to spend 3-nights in the town of Pamukkale, about 3 hours eastish of Selçuk. Pamukkale, also known as “Cotton Castle” is the location of calcium-carbonate rich terraces which was left from water that cascaded across the region. However, upon arrival, I discovered that although they are still white (white as cotton), they have taken steps to preserve the terraces by routing the waters away from the site. Although they are still beautiful, they would have been more beautiful with water upon the terraces. Oh well. At the top of the terraces lies the ancient classical city of Hierapolis

The travertines of Pamukkale
Pamukkale
Poppy's will make you sleep
Hierapolis was founded around 190 BCE by Eumennes II, king of Per. It was a core center that prospered under the Romans and even more under the Byzantines. The site takes quite some imagination to put it together, but it is set in an idyllic location among the blooming poppies. As you wander around the site you begin to feel what it must have been like to live there. The most impressive structure on the site is the grand theatre which was capable of seating over 12,000 people. It was built in two stages by the Emperors Hadrian and Septimius Severus. Hierapolis
Hierapolis
By the end of the first day I had already seen everything in the town. As it is the slow season, it is almost impossible to find things to do in the surrounding area. I ended up at the travertines a second time and had a very impulsive thought. I should go to Greek Island of Rhodes. It's only one-hour by ferry out of Marmaris, though the ferry's don't go every day. I looked up the information online and it turns out that the ferry is running on the 7th & 8th and then not again until the 11th, which would be way too late. After 5 or 10 minutes of pondering, I thought, why not. I'm this close and I may not get to be this close again. So with that in mind I headed of on my lofty quest to the city of Marmaris, which sits on the southwestern coast of Turkey. Once in Marmaris I bought my ticket, an open-return; meaning I could technically stay as long as I wanted and then catch any ferry back to Turkey. The port of Marmaris
Rhodes is a Greek Island located in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and has a population of approximately 150,000 people. Rhodes is most known for the Colossus of Rhodes, which was a huge statue made of bronze which stood at the mouth of the harbor and incoming ships would have to pass between the legs of the statue to enter the harbor. It was completed in 280 BC but destroyed by a massive earthquake in 224 BC. There is no trace of the statue remains today, which I find odd. Most likely the stones were hauled from the harbor and used to build other structures. I quite like the city of Rhodes, which is the largest city on the island and lays at the northeastern most tip of the island. It is a small, quaint city and there are plenty of things to see and do. Not to mention endless stores for shopping. Greek Flag
The Medieval Castle
Rhodes windmill (without the sails?)
Temple of Apollo
I had not anticipated being here so I really have no idea where anything is or what there is to do outside of the Old City (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The people here are quite nice and everyone speaks English, which is good because the only Greek I know is what I learned from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and I'm pretty sure that aside from yassis (hi), opa (hooray or something like that), and sto (thanks), the other phrase I remember from the movie is eho tria orchidea (I have 3 testicles); and I'm pretty sure that's not going to come in handy here. But then again, there is always Ouzo (which I did buy some to bring home). (The title of this post comes from that movie, also). Tomorrow I will return to Turkey and then on to Fethiye where I will see my friends Nichola and Dogan. I'm very excited. We met while traveling in Vietnam back in 2006. I have nothing really planned for Fethiye aside from paragliding. I did it back in 2001 in Venezuela and really enjoyed it and I've heard that Turkey is one of the best places to go paragliding. In fact each year in October the town of Ölüdeniz (15 km south of Fethiye) hosts the International Air Games. After Fethiye it'll be off to Göreme and into Capadoccia and I've just learned tonight that my trip into Nemrut Dagi has been canceled due to bad weather still.... so I've got 3 days left to fill....... Until then.

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I am very passionate about traveling. My goal is to visit as many places and experience as many things as I can during my short journey on this earth.