Lycia Tour – Day 5
Pamukkale this morning. I was a little disappointed that the pools were not included in the tour price and you could only buy tickets with Turkish Lira, which we didn’t have, but we still got to appreciate some of the natural wonder that is. We had a short while to walk around the ornamental lake at the foot of the terraces and spent our time taking many photographs as we tried to catch the impressive beauty of the place. What looks like snow covering the terraces is in fact calcium carbonate deposit from the hot spring water.
After that we were whisked off to a Turkish Carpet wholesaler where we saw women weaving silk and wool carpets so fast you couldn’t even see how they did what they were doing! After the carpet weaving demonstration we witnessed the death of several hundred silk worms by boiling and de-threading and then headed off to a carpet-adorned room for free drinks and the beginning of the hard sell, all overseen by Eddie Izzard’s Turkish father (not actually but he looked very much like he could be). Once the general sell was done a smallish horde of salesmen descended on the group, picking people off in twos for further attempts to sell. Mum and I endured the softest hard sell before making good our escape. Actually it was a rubbish escape as we got lost on the way to the toilet and had to ask for directions. Still, turns out it was a better escape than some, one woman nipped to the loo only to find, when she came back out, that her carpet seller had laid a selection of carpets on the floor outside the ladies for her perusal. Escape was also further hampered by lunch which was supplied by the carpet place, but eventually we were back on the coach and off to our hotel in Kemer.