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A look at Pamukkale, Turkey

Abby Cota and her husband Giray Gunes traveled to Turkey and are currently in North Carolina. They are contributing and sharing their adventures on Shuffle Online on Snapchat @ShuffleOnline. 

Pamukkale, finally! I have been wanting to see this place since Giray first told me about it a few years ago. If you search online for Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle” in Turkish, it seems as though it’s but a few calcium pools, but in fact it’s not–it’s huge!

It took us about 30 – 45 minutes to hike to the top (barefoot, as people are not allowed to wear shoes here) but only because we didn’t stop to get into any of the pools as it was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It is said however that the minerals found in the pools have many health benefits and can cure anything from skin problems to high blood pressure. We saw many people collecting the clay at the bottom of the pools and using it as a mask all over their bodies.

Once you reach the top, there are rest areas and a small restaurant where you can relax and gain your energy back for the hike back down. If traveling to Pamukkale, I highly recommend visiting during the spring when it’s not that hot and to wear sunscreen–lots and lots of sunscreen. Giray and I were terribly sunburned as the sun was reflecting directly off the calcium onto our face and body. Also, it’s definitely a good idea to get there as early as possible to avoid long entrance lines and crowded pools.

About Abby

I’m Abby and a new contributor for Shuffle Online. I like eating, spontaneous adventures and watching cat videos on YouTube (yes, in that order). I have skydived, swam with sharks and have bungee jumped.   You’ll find me over on the Shuffle Snapchat where I’ll be sharing my favorite eats, travel and more. Follow my blog, The Spotted Bannana here

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