Hidden amongst the mountains about an hour drive from Denizli, the ancient city Aphrodisias opens up to another world with its green fields and local wildlife (birds and frogs mostly) amidst which some of the original structures still stand. The overgrown paths and thickets certainly give an exotic and wild feel to the whole site, which probably could be annoying for the casual tourist but it just made me fall in love with the place even more. Thank god I wore my good walking shoes at the last minute, due to the rain from the day before, the terrain was quite marshy and slippery in some places.
This photo was posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist.
This is by far the scariest ride I have ever been on. Named ‘Tonnerre de Zeus’ (French for Thunder of Zeus, it is the second longest wooden coaster in Europe and considered one of the top roller coasters in Europe. With all its twists and turns, it’s guaranteed to give you the fright of your life or at least, some stomach churning and dropping experiences. If you have underage children going with you, you might want to tell them to cover their ears for the colourful vocabulary you will be hearing.
It is one but not the only attractions of Parc Astérix, an amusement park about 40 minutes from Paris. We drove but you can even get a shuttle bus from the city centre. It has rides for all tastes, from the scariest to the most genteel, with themes from the stories of Astérix of course but also others based on Roman and ancient Greek history. The park has probably changed a bit since I last visited in 2010 but remains one of my favourite trips in France. I mean, I got to see Zeus in floral underwear, that definitely beats everything.
Both life and the weather is being a bit whimsical at the moment. I was supposed to be going to Thessaloniki this weekend but due to some problems, our plans fell through at the last minute. So I thought the hiking trip at a reserve near Ankara which I had been planning for a while could be brought forward but the weather wasn’t as agreeable as my hiking partner and I. While I don’t usually mind some rain, I would rather not get caught in a thunderstorm when outdoors – Central Anatolia is definitely a bit depressing at the moment. Instead, I thought I would go explore south west Turkey instead, the weather is definitely more promising in that part of the country for now. On the list this weekend: Ephesus and Pamukkale!
Ephesus is an ancient Greek city built in the 10th century BC. It is considered to be one of the most classical metropolis in Europe and more than 80% of it has yet to be unearthed. It also where the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is situated. Ephesus also has some religious association and retains the status of one of the seven churches in Asia in the Book of Revelations.
Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its white calcite travertines, above which whatever remains of Hierapolis, once a Roman and Byzantine city. I’m spending two days in Pamukkale so I’m hoping to be able to see some other sites around.
Bring on this weekend!