The next stop on my trip was Seljuk. This is the city closest to Ephesus, but it also has a lot to see within the city.  The famous Ephesus site isn’t even the oldest thing here: excavations on Ayasuluk Hill have found artifacts dating back to 6000 B.C., long before the Ionian Greeks arrived and […]

Hierapolis: Bathing among the Ruins

After climbing the travertines, one arrives at the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis, whose main attraction (for me) is the natural mineral water pool named for Cleopatra, who is rumored to have bathed there. Although originally a Greek city, Hierapolis reached its heyday in the Roman era, when people came by the thousands […]


I only fell once on the climb up the travertines of Pamukkale. I thought that was pretty good, considering I was walking uphill, barefoot, on slippery wet rock. “Pamukkale” is Turkish for “cotton castle”, and the formations do look somewhat like cotton, but more like a snow-covered mountain. “Travertine” is English for  “sedimentary rock formed […]

Antalya : Monuments and Memories

Antalya has become such a popular vacation spot that it was the third most visited city in the world in 2012, after Paris and London. Most of the tourists seem to come from cold climates and choose holidays in Antalya for the sunshine and warm weather.  They often stay in 5 star “all-inclusive resorts” , […]

Top 10 Things I’ll Miss about Living in Turkey

I recently moved from Antalya to San Diego to be near my elderly parents. Interestingly, when I told my Turkish friends why I was moving they uniformly responded, “of course you have to go”.  My American friends’ reaction was more like “are you sure you want to do that?”  Just another example of cultural difference. […]