The Amateur Traveler goes to Turkey: Gaziantep, Urfa, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Hieropolis. This is the first of two episodes on Turkey and deals with the visit to Eastern Turkey and the Aegean coast. This episode deals with learning Turkish, Turkish food, Roman mosaics, Greek ruins, markets, hospitality, and driving.
On my trip to Turkey in 2007 to visit our former Turkish exchange student, we went to Pamukkale and Hieropolis which is a few hours drive from Ephesus. Pamukkale is a series of thermal pools and calcium deposits running down from the top of the hill. So you take off your shoes and go wade in these pools taking your picture against these snow-white deposits.
A Korean gentleman motioned to me and I thought that he wanted me to take his picture. I reached for his camera but he then made it clear that he wanted his picture taken with me. Do you suppose he is a fan of the Amateur Traveler?
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