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A Day in Pamukkale, Turkey

We woke up early and headed to Pamukkale, a small city located in southwestern Turkey. This city has become a popular tourist destination for its incredible hot springs and travertines.

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These picturesque terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs.

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In Pamukkale, there are 17 hot water springs with temperatures ranging from 35 °C to 100 °C.

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Before visiting the terraces, we toured around the ancient Byzantine city of Hierapolis, which is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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We made another detour at a Turkish market. In this photograph, the vendor is bagging Turkish delights. We thought the Turkish delights were quite yummy!

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The pools of Pamukkale. We were able to walk around and inside the terraces!

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A huge limestone wall.

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After spending a few hours, walking around and enjoying this beautiful and unique site, we made our last stop at the Hierapolis Sacred Pool.

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At this hot spring, we were able to swim among the ancient ruins.

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What a relaxing way to end a wonderful day in Pamukkale!

Quaint German Towns in the Harz Mountains

Some of the most picturesque towns I have seen were in central Germany. Wernigerode and Quedlinburg are two small but quaint towns located in the Harz Mountains. These two towns were particularly memorable for their unique and cozy looking timber buildings and beautifully paved walkways.

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After spending a night in a cozy half-timbered house, we woke up early to some wonderful German hospitality and breakfast. It was not long before we were strolling leisurely around Wernigerode.

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The atmosphere in the streets was very peaceful and pleasant. There were plenty of unique cafes and patios everywhere in this small town.

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This is Wernigerode’s Town Hall.

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This is a market area located next to the Town Hall.

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This is Wernigerode Castle, which is located above the town. It is interesting to note that this castle and the Neuschwanstein Castle have similar architectural styles.

Wandering around the Wernigerode Castle and its gardens as well as viewing the town from high above was a wonderful experience.

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The next day, we visited Quedlinburg. Just like Wernigerode, this town was also very pleasant and picturesque with all its splendid looking buildings.

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This is a half-timbered house, which I thought was very unique and cozy.

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This is Quedlinburg’s market square.

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A view of the rooftops in Quedlinburg.

If you are interested in visiting small and quaint towns and a few castles, I would recommend a short trip to the Harz Mountains. A walk through Wernigerode and Quedlinburg, has left me with everlasting beautiful memories of these picturesque towns.