on our way home from denzili, we stopped in istanbul. a very fleeting visit, but a few hours to get inspired by the rich colour, pattern and architecture to be found all over the city.

i had never been to instanbul before, but i sure know i’ll be back. such a wonderful place, so much to discover.

we had only hours, in reality you need days weeks years!

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recently on a trip to turkey, we were lucky enough to be literally just down the road from a simply amazing place called pamukkale.

pamukkale translates as “cotton castle” a name given for the cotton looking travertines that are formed from the calcium oxide-rich thermal waters that flow from the cal mountain. pamukkale is one of the most important thermal centers of turkey, and it is truly truly incredible.

in ancient times religious buildings were often built nearby water sources, including baths, fountains and churches too. pamukkale is no different with the ruins of the ancient greco-roman and byzantine city of hierapolis built on top of the “cotton castle”

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