This particular route took us past stunning lakesides, villages on an island and lots of beautiful rolling hills.
Originally located in Phrygia, Anatolia, which is famous for its legendary Kings who crop up in Greek mythology. King Gordia - of Gordian knot fame, and King Midas - of the golden touch, both real people. Phrygians, according to Homer, also fought with the Trojans in the Trojan war, many many years ago.
The Kings of Pergamon (dynasty of the Attalids - as above) at the end of 2nd century BCE established the thermal spa of Hierapolis, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The thermal springs established the city as a place of healing and treatment, many citizens visiting to be cured of ailments or moving to retire there.
Today it's an amazing site, full of Roman graves, ruins of the city itself, and amazing Roman baths - where you can bathe today swimming amongst the ruins of the original baths! For a history geek like me this was my ultimate win!
We entered Hierapolis via the necropolis (city of the dead) on its out fringes and slowly made our way through to the city. It was a stunningly Beautiful day, blue skies, green grass bright sun and poppies amongst the tombs.
My personal highlight of Turkey, was swimming in thermal pools amongst ruins of the ancient Roman baths. Oh wow!
The guy operating the camera is hilarious in his enthusiasm for this souvenir. "Smile! Wave at me! Yes yes you are flying through the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia look at them! Oh yes! See over there!"
OH MY GOD. It was totally hilarious watching people pay money, to look stupid and get the most horrendous souvenir ever. So horrendous and awful I really wanted to do one. But my luckily (or not) my dignity stepped in and saved me!
Wheras sadly these guys didn't get saved....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNYdNqoehuw
The giant city gates, and temple ruins standing amongst the fields, create an amazing backdrop.
I loved playing with the interactive 3d reconstruction of the old city in the tiny museum. However Its crowning glory is the long stadium, which is in the best repair anywhere in the world. It was great and I ran half of it, 30,000 seats and it was in top condition.
The whole site is very peaceful and idyllic and safe from hoards of tourists. I managed to grab a very yummy gozleme just before the bus left back to Pammukale.
Dont miss Aphrodisias on your travels - it was one of our highlights and I'm sure you will love it too!
Till next time!
Jade & Greg x