Monday, September 26, 2011

The Travertines

A few days ago David showed me a photo of the travertines. Until then I had no idea what to expect. The night before our planned trip there, David, Connie and I decided to take a taxi ride up there for sunrise. It was less than 10 minutes away so we had time before breakfast. Sunday morning arrived and off we went, with our very enthusiastic taxi driver. It was well worth the early rise to spend the 45 minutes taking photos unimpeded by tourists and with time to marvel at the beautiful formations. Our very obliging taxi driver had a coffee with his friend at a nearby cafe while he waited for us. I should have taken a photo of him, it was remiss of me to not think of it, especially when he kissed the 45L we paid him, his lucky fare - "chance" was what he called it - the first fare of the day.

A little later we ventured back to the travertines with the Turkish Delight tour and again marvelled at the beautiful snow like formations and ponds of cool, refreshing water, which many people were paddling or swimming in. We chatted to a couple of french girls from Versailles who were touring around. They were very happy to be photographed and were delighted to learn we came from Perth, the next stop on their travels.

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