posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy
Back in November, just before I left on my vacation to Turkey, I posted a picture of the hot springs at Pamukkale and promised to give an update when I returned. Well, the picture I found on the web didn't begin to give an impression of how vast and beautiful this site is! Here's one of the many picture's I took.
Over thousands of years, the mineral content in the hot springs (large amounts of calcium) have left the entire mountainside covered in a sparkling white crust many feet thick. From a distance it looks like snow, or salt, or cotton. Pamukkale means "cotton castle" in Turkish.
The hot springs have been used for thousands of years. The foundations of the ruined city now on the site were built by the Greeks in the time of Alexander the Great. The last city was Roman and constructed around 135 AD. The extensive baths those Romans built are still there and still in use today! Here's a piccie of Aunty standing by one of them, and you can see two or three tourists swimming in the water behind me.
I don't know about the "curative" power of those waters, but our hotel had water piped in from those same hot springs. After I washed my hair, it was incredibly soft and curly, so who knows if I'd stayed around and drank a little more of the water what might have happened!
Like so many of the other ruined cities we visited on this trip (Troy, Ephesus, Cannakale), the Roman city at Pamukkale was destroyed by earthquakes. Our guide told us that throughout the long history of this region, three chief things destroyed cities and civilizations: fire, foes, and earthquakes.
The incredible history and wonderful sights I saw and experienced on this trip left a lasting impression on me! Quite a few people (including our editor) have asked if I'm going to set my next book in Turkey. While I don't have any current plans, I would never rule it out.
My next release is scheduled for September and the story is set in Venice. It's been almost ten years since I visited that unique and beautiful city, but it too left a lasting impression. As soon as I pulled out my (admittedly poor quality) snapshots and travel journals, I was transported back to La Serenissima (Venice's long-time nickname). So you never know what setting may show up in one of my novels someday.
Would you read a book set in Turkey? What are your favorite settings for the books you read? Are there any settings you'd like to see?