The wonder of Pamukkale

Today we visited Pamukkale, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. These steps are made of Calcium Carbonate and date back 10,000 years. On the site is also the baths that Cleopatra is meant to have swum in. The whole area is geothermal so we enjoyed the hotel's hot pools.
Written by Sarah Weaver at 16:00

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Wooden Horse of Troy

Visited Troy first this morning, there are quite a few ruins on the site. In one place there are nine separate levels of excavations where different civilisations have built directly on top of the last. Troy is also home to the famous Trojan horse as depicted in Homers's The Illiad.
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Turkish carpets

Today we were taken to a local carpet weaving business. We were given a demonstration of how they extract silk from the silk cocoon and turn it in to thread and how the carpets are made. It was fascinating to see how much work goes in to one carpet. This was followed by a special lunch made by a local family, we were treated to a lot of local delicacies
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Turkey and the Old City

I visited the old part of the city today with a very knowledgeable guide. We went to Topkapi Palace first which was fascinating, it was once home to 25 of the country's Sultans and their families. The famous spoon maker diamond and the largest collection of emeralds were on show, plus some of the holy relics of Islam.
Written by Sarah Weaver at 10:00

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Turkey and the Bosphorous

Calder & Lawson House of Travel Consultant Sarah Weaver has just arrived in Turkey and pens her first impressions. I've been blown away by the shear size of Turkey. It's sprawls on both sides of the Bosphorous with lots of minarets breaking the skyline of apartment buildings.
Written by Sarah Weaver at 09:00

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