Turkey In 2 Weeks: Day 5 – Pamukkale

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We headed east on our 5th day in Turkey, hopping on a 9:30AM bus from Selcuk that would take us to Pamukkale, a small village in Central Anatolia.  We arrived around lunch time, dropped our packs off at the Venus Hotel (check out my Trip Advisor review) and headed out to the main attraction in Pamukkale: the “Cotton Castle”.

Just a few minutes from the main village lies a mountainous formation of calcite travertines, that you can climb or take a break and soak in the mineral-rich terraces.  The gleaming white calcite is blinding beautiful, and exploring the many crevices while taking in a panoramic view of the village was a most relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

Denizli Horozu, Pamukkale, Turkey

Denizli Horozu, Pamukkale, Turkey

After climbing up over the travertines, we came upon the archaeological site of Hierapolis.  Founded in 190 BC by Eumenes II of Pergamum, Hierapolis prospered under the Byzantines and Romans.  Greeks, Romans, Jews, pagans and Christians co-existed in this city for years until an earthquake in 1334 destroyed the city and was promptly abandoned.

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis was one of my favourite sites to explore on our trip.  The grounds were so peaceful and their were hardly any tourists so we could really relax and explore the ruins.  Some were impressive like grand theatre below. I sat for an hour or so drawing in the sun and admiring the view.

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Most of the other ruins are scattered throughout this stunning countryside, full of flowing grass, winding pathways and patches of tall forested trees.  The scenery reminded me of Scotland a little and once again I admired how diversely fascinating Turkey was.

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

The Cathedral, Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

The Cathedral, Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

The Nymphaeum of the Triton, Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

The Nymphaeum of the Triton, Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

The Nymphaeum of the Triton, Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

The Nymphaeum of the Triton, Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

As magic hour approached, we passed by a forest that was full of birds chirping filling the air with music.  In that moment, we were surrounded by peace and beauty.

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Tomb A18, Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Tomb A18, Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis - Pamukkale, Turkey

Hierapolis – Pamukkale, Turkey

We walked back over the travertines as the sun began to set.  This was one of my favourite days in Turkey, the day was the perfect balance of adventure, relaxing, exploration and inspiration.

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

"Cotton Castle" - Pamukkale, Turkey

“Cotton Castle” – Pamukkale, Turkey

That evening we ate dinner at the hotel.  I wish we could have stayed a little bit longer as the hotel itself was very charming and their pool looked so inviting after a day in the sun.  We devoured our clay lamb pot meal that was paired with a local wine.  A perfect way to end an amazing day.

Clay Pot Lamb, Venus Hotel Restaurant - Pamukkale, Turkey

Clay Pot Lamb, Venus Hotel Restaurant – Pamukkale, Turkey

Oscar Menu 2016

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Oscar season is upon us! With nominations only weeks away I’ve already started to plot out my Oscar Party menu based on the Golden Globe nominations.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Carol: martinis

The Revenant: gummy bears and bear claws of course!  Maybe some pate to symbolize the infamous bison liver?

Spotlight: holy wine and crackers…and Vienna chicken sausages – hee hee

Joy: Hmm..this is a tricky one…maybe something made with my Magic Bullet to symbolize infomercials?

Room – 5 year birthday cupcakes

Brooklyn – Irish Stew – that’s an easy one! I’d like to do Italian meatballs too but that might be much…

Trainwreck – hangover cures!  Yellow Gatorade, something with greasy/with bacon, caesars

The Martian – latkas (or fries) with red apple sauce or keychup – something red!

Bridge of Spies – Cold War Coffee Crisp bites or something with coffee.  Because it was sooo boring (and coffee was an important export during the war)

Spy – Probably not a likely Oscar candidate but maybe disguise a dish as something else….

The Big Short – make a house out of say sour dough bread filled with spinach dip?

Mad Max Fury Road – apocalyptic food? Beef jerky, ramen, Spam bites and water…lots of water

What are you thinking of making for your Oscar party?

Hello 2016!

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2015 was a pretty good year for me.  I moved this blog over to a self hosting site and have diligently blogged once a week ever since.  My boyfriend and I traveled on our first big trip together to Turkey and it was incredible.  We had two amazing camping adventures together during the summer and later in the year relaxed in Mexico while celebrating my best friend getting married.  I watched a lot of fantastic horror movies.  The best horror movie of the year was “It Follows” though technically I saw it at the 2014 TIFF, so I would say my favourite horror movie I saw last year was “The Final Girls”, also at TIFF.  Finally I created and ate lots of delicious dishes, my top Instagram posts below!

Most of all I just feel so lucky to be surrounded by wonderful friends & family (and two fluffy cats), and that we all made it through another year with good health and happiness.  I try to never take for granted the freedom that I have living in Canada.

So 2016, what will you bring?  I resolve to always be kinder, more positive, more patient and spread love.  I resolve to try to do more good deeds and to take care of those I love.  And of course, I resolve to keep up with my blogging!

Top Instagram Posts 2015

Top Instagram Posts 2015

My top posts of 2015!

A Paleo Breakfast: Banana Bread & Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs with Pomegranate

Two Bite Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

Brioche In Brooklyn

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger w/ Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Lamb & Sweet Potato Sheppard’s Pie

Algonquin

30 Minutes Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes