Friday, June 2, 2017

Pamukkale: Hierapolis & Thermal Pools (Travertine Hot Springs) in Turkey


Pamukkale is one of Turkey's top attractions after Cappadocia. Tourists and the locals flock to Pamukkale for thermal pools. The thermal pools (travertine hot springs) was used as a spa since the second century BC. Terraces of travertine hot springs is known as the nature wonders of the world from the minerals reaction between calcium and hydrogen carbonate to create calcium carbonate and limestone. It is scientifically proven to cure many diseases thus it becomes an attraction side for the visitors to bathe or soak their feet.

Hierapolis ancient city is also located in Pamukkale. There are many remaining of building structures can be seen at the site. Walking at the site can be challenging if you aren't fit as the pathways are uneven and most of the sites are located quite a distance from one to another and some are located on top of the hill which require to walk up the steep hill. Thus, it is advisable to wear comfortable sports shoes and pants with your cap as walking at the site can be difficult under the hot weather. 

Heading to the top of the hillof the sanctuary of St Philip (one of the twelve aposties of Christ at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Heading to the top of the hillof the sanctuary of St Philip (one of the twelve aposties of Christ at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Octagonal Baths building before heading up the stairway at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Octagonal Baths building before heading up the stairway at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Church of the Sepulchre was built around a first-century Sacellum tomb belonging to the Roman cementery at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Church of the Sepulchre was built around a first-century Sacellum tomb belonging to the Roman cementery at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
St Philip tomb at Pamukkale, Turkey
St Philip tomb at Pamukkale, Turkey
The remainings of semicircular structure with seating for the priests during the liturgy at Church of the Sepulchre in Pamukkale, Turkey
The remainings of semicircular structure with seating for the priests during the liturgy at Church of the Sepulchre in Pamukkale, Turkey
Some of the interior remainings of Church of the Sepulchre at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Some of the interior remainings of Church of the Sepulchre at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Different Cross designs can be found at St Philip tomb at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Different Cross designs can be found at St Philip tomb at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, TurkeyAdd caption

The theatre was used into late Roman times dating to AD 352 and the spectators were divided accordingly to the social class at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
The theatre was used into late Roman times dating to AD 352 and the spectators were divided accordingly to the social class at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
The theatre is divided into two parts by the central diazoma and vertically by 8 staircases into 9 kerkides at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
The theatre is divided into two parts by the central diazoma and vertically by 8 staircases into 9 kerkides at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
The remainings of the theatre at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
The remainings of the theatre at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
An exciting visit to the most popular attraction site, Pamukkale Themal Pools among tourists and locals in Pamukkale, Turkey
An exciting visit to the most popular attraction site, Pamukkale Themal Pools among tourists and locals in Pamukkale, Turkey
Enjoying the view of the thermal (salted) hills on the ground at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Enjoying the view of the thermal (salted) hills on the ground at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey


Heading to the main spectacular of the famous thermal pools at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Heading to the main spectacular of the famous thermal pools at Hierapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
At last, we arrive at the thermal pool which also known as Cleopatras pools after 15 minutes walk from the entrance at HIerapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
At last, we arrive at the thermal pool which also known as Cleopatras pools after 15 minutes walk from the entrance at HIerapolis in Pamukkale, Turkey
Removing shoes before stepping into travertines terraces at Pamukkale Thermal Pools (Cleopatras) pools in Turkey
Removing shoes before stepping into travertines terraces at Pamukkale Thermal Pools (Cleopatras) pools in Turkey
In ancient times, the travertines terraces were overflowing with water at Pamukkale Thermal Pools in Turkey
In ancient times, the travertines terraces were overflowing with water at Pamukkale Thermal Pools in Turkey
The nature wonder of Pamukkale Thermal Pools or also known as Travertines Terraces which attracts many tourists to Pamukkale in Turkey
The nature wonder of Pamukkale Thermal Pools or also known as Travertines Terraces which attracts many tourists to Pamukkale in Turkey
Spectacular view while soaking our feet in the thermal pools at Pamukkale, Turkey
Spectacular view while soaking our feet in the thermal pools at Pamukkale, Turkey
  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cappadocia: Goreme Museum, Avanos, Pasabag Valley and Underground City in Turkey


Cappadocia is a very beautiful city which has many unique rock formation of its landscapes, rock-cut churches and mysterious underground cities. It is a must to visit Cappadocia when you visit Turkey. Cappadocia is located in the middle of Turkey and to get there is the only way by plane, from Istanbul to Cappadocia. We followed the local tour entirely in Cappadocia to Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Pasabag Valley and Underground City of Kaymakli & Citadel of Uchisar. It is impossible to get around in Cappadocia by public transportation due to the locations and language barrier. We were fortunate that we were in a small group tour of 10 of us. 

Do remember to arrange hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia with your tour guide as it is prearranged a day or two days early to avoid disappointment. We didn't manage to experience hot air balloon ride due to snowing and windy in the morning.  

Goreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia, Turkey
Goreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia, Turkey
One of the rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) at Goreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia, Turkey
One of the rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) at Goreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia, Turkey

Goreme Open Air Museum is a member of UNESCO World Heritage since 1984 in Cappadocia, Turkey
Goreme Open Air Museum is a member of UNESCO World Heritage since 1984 in Cappadocia, Turkey
Most of the churches in Goreme Open Air Museum were operated between 10th to 12th centuries at Cappadocia in Turkey
Most of the churches in Goreme Open Air Museum were operated between 10th to 12th centuries at Cappadocia in Turkey

The locals are still staying in this old city of Avanos which is still famous for its earthenware pottery production in Cappadocia, Turkey
The locals are still staying in this old city of Avanos which is still famous for its earthenware pottery production in Cappadocia, Turkey
The popular town of Avanos is set on the banks of the Kizlirmak the Red River, is one of the popular tourist destination to visit in Cappadocia, Turkey
The popular town of Avanos is set on the banks of the Kizlirmak the Red River, is one of the popular tourist destination to visit in Cappadocia, Turkey


Pasabag Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey
Pasabag Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey
Underground city of Kaymakli & Citadel in Capadocia, Turkey
Underground city of Kaymakli & Citadel in Capadocia, Turkey


An ancient multi-level underground city to shelter over 20,000 people together with their livesstock and food stores in Underground City of Kaymakli and Citadel of Cappadocia, Turkey
An ancient multi-level underground city to shelter over 20,000 people together with their livesstock and food stores in Underground City of Kaymakli and Citadel of Cappadocia, Turkey
Each room is connected to next room and every floor in the underground city of Kaymakli and Citadel in Cappadocia, Turkey
Each room is connected to next room and every floor in the underground city of Kaymakli and Citadel in Cappadocia, Turkey

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Sehir Hatlari in Turkey


It was coming to the end of Istanbul city tour. We were informed that a short  90 minutes of Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Sehir Hatlari  was highly recommended to do before leaving Istanbul. It is indeed an enjoying cruise ride to view the European and Asian sides of Istanbul along Bosphorus Strait in Turkey. Short Bosphorus Cruise Tour is available daily and you can purchase the ticket for a 90 minutes cruise tour at Sehir Hatlari ticket booth which is located near Galata Bridge of Sultanahmet area in Istanbul.

This is the official webpage of Sehir Hatlari Cruise Tour: http://en.sehirhatlari.istanbul/en


Recommending to take Short Bosphorus Cruise  which lasted for 90 minutes tour with Sehir Hatlari to see European and Asian sides of Istanbul, Turkey
Recommending to take Short Bosphorus Cruise  which lasted for 90 minutes tour with Sehir Hatlari to see European and Asian sides of Istanbul, Turkey
Sehir Hathari offers affordable 90 minutes Bosphorus tour in a huge and clean cruise which leaves from the main area near Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey
Sehir Hathari offers affordable 90 minutes Bosphorus tour in a huge and clean cruise which leaves from the main area near Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey
Leaving Galata Bridge for the Bosphorus tour cruise at Istanbul, Turkey
Leaving Galata Bridge for the Bosphorus tour cruise at Istanbul, Turkey
European side of Istanbul overseeing Sultanahmet area while cruising on Bosphorus tour along Bosphorus Strait near Galata Bridge with Sehir Hatlari Cruise in Istanbul, Turke
European side of Istanbul overseeing Sultanahmet area while cruising on Bosphorus tour along Bosphorus Strait near Galata Bridge with Sehir Hatlari Cruise in Istanbul, Turkey

Dolmabahce Palace is a must to visit in European side of Istanbul and nearby Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey
Dolmabahce Palace is a must to visit in European side of Istanbul and nearby Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey
Along Bosphorus Cruise Tour in European side of Istanbul, Turkey
Along Bosphorus Cruise Tour in European side of Istanbul, Turkey

Ciragan Palace can be seen along Bosphorus Strait during 90 minutes Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Sehir Hatlari in Istanbul, Turkey
Ciragan Palace can be seen along Bosphorus Strait during 90 minutes Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Sehir Hatlari in Istanbul, Turkey

90 minutes Cruise with Sehir Hatlari along Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey
90 minutes Cruise with Sehir Hatlari along Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey

Heading back to Galata Bridge along Bosphorus Strait to see Asian side of Istanbul in Turkey
Heading back to Galata Bridge along Bosphorus Strait to see Asian side of Istanbul in Turkey

A well-maintained tower wall along Bosphorus Strait at Asian side of Istanbul during our cruise ride with Sehir Hatlari in Turkey
A well-maintained tower wall along Bosphorus Strait at Asian side of Istanbul during our cruise ride with Sehir Hatlari in Turkey

At last, we reached to Galata Bridge after ending our 90 minutes Bosphorus Tour with Sehir Hatlari Cruise in Istanbul, Turkey
At last, we reached to Galata Bridge after ending our 90 minutes Bosphorus Tour with Sehir Hatlari Cruise in Istanbul, Turkey

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Istanbul: Dolmabahce Palace, Chora Church (Kariye Museum) & Panorama 1453 History Museum in Turkey


Dolmabahce Palace is located on the European side of Istanbul within the district of Besiktas and Taksim. Dolmabahce Palace is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world which is built in 19th century. Dolmabahce Palace is a must to visit to learn about the lifestyle of the Ottoman Sultans and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

This is strictly guided group tour to the palace and Harem. Visitors are reminded that photograph is prohibited during the tour.

Operating Hours:  9am to 3pm (closed on Monday and Thursday)
Entrance Fee     :  50TL (Guided Group Tour to Palace and Harem)
Official Website  :  http://www.millisaraylar.gov.tr/portalmain-en/Default.aspx 

Welcome to the main gate of Dolmabahce Palace near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey
This is where the guided tour begins inside Dolmabahce Palace and photograph is strictly prohibited in Istanbul, Turkey

It is very well-maintained park with flowers and water fountain in Dolmabahce Palace nearby Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey
Heading to the main entrance of Dolmabahce Palace after purchasing entrance tickets in Istanbul, Turkey
Admiring big western style buildings in Dolmabahce Palace near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey
It is free entrance to Painting Museum behind the main building of Dolmabahce Palace nearby Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey
Another beautiful well-maintained fountain with flowers in Dolmabahce Palace nearby Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey


Choram Museum is also known as Kariye Muzesi, is located in one of the most conservative Muslim neighbourhood and outskirt of Sultanahmet area. The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora was originally built in the 400s and was expanded in the 1000s of Constantinople. When the city fell into Ottomans in the mid-1400, the building was converted to a mosque. Even though, Chora Museum (Kariye Museum) isn't one of the top attraction sites to visit in Istanbul but, it is strongly recommended to see the remaining mosaics covering the interior painting which was completed between 1315 and 1321 (part of Byzantine art and history).

Address            :  Kariye Camii Sokak, No. 26 Edirnekapi, 34087 Istanbul
Operating Hours:  9am to 4.30pm (closed on Wednesday)
Entrance Fee     :  Yes
Subway            :  
Get down at Edirnekapi station and cross the busy main streets. It is a short walking to the Chora Church in the residential neighbourhood behind the remaining city walls built by Romans & Byzantines.

Getting down at Edirnekapi subway station to visit Chora Church (Kariye Museum), outskirt of Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey
The remaining city walls built by Romans and Byzantines and the ancient Chora Church (Kariye Museum) is located behind the city walls in Istanbul, Turkey
Crossing the main busy streets and keep walking behind the city walls to get to the Chora Church (Kariye Museum) in Istanbul, Turkey
Fine mosaics design during the Byzantine art and history at Chora Church (Kariye Museum) outskirt of Sultanahmet in Istanbul, Turkey


Panorama 1453 History Museum is located nearby Chora Museum (Kariye Museum). It is a great place to learn about their history without English translation on the boards. You can rent the audio video to listen as you walk into the museum. Other than that, I love the 360 degrees panorama of paintings on the backdrop with some decoration of the real items in order to make them into 3D effect. It is really amazing as I feel I am in the war zone with the background sounds too. 

Heading to the building of Panorama 1453 History Museum which is located nearby Chora Church (Kariye Museum) in Istanbul, Turkey
360 degrees Panorama War Zone with the painting backdrop and decorative items and background sounds as a 3D effects at Panorama 1453 History Museum in Istanbul, Turkey