THE HOT SPRINGS OF
The end of January and all of February is always the most challenging
part of winter when the weather has been cold for quite some time and we all
start passionately missing the warmth of the sun. At times like these, hot
springs and thermal baths come to the rescue, as they combine the two things we
all can appreciate: a relaxing warm soak and a picturesque view.
The terraced hot springs of Pamukkale formed naturally, although they do look quite unbelievable, much like an alien landscape described in a science fiction novel. The springs consist of 17 azure-blue tiered pools made of travertine, a type of white limestone deposited from the minerals present in the water.
The water in Pamukkale is a pleasant 94°F (34°C) all year. The hot springs have
been in use as a thermal spa for centuries. In the 2nd century BC, the Romans
built a spa city and a healing center called Hierapolis nearby. Today, both the
Roman city and the hot springs of Pamukkale are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Clancy's comment: Ahhh ... delightful place to relax.