The next day we took the train to Pamukkale (cotton castle) to see the white travertine terraces. They are similar to the ones at Yellowstone, except you get to walk on them here!! Hierapolis is a major city that is now in ruins but sits at the same site as the travertines. This is a view from the theater.
Tourists get to walk all over the reconstructed travertines and get great views of the real ones. There are shallow pools filled with water pumped in from the hot springs that you can walk through and soak in. We wore our swim suits and had a great time sitting in the water which was much cooler than the outside temp.
After getting back to Istanbul, we decided to take the new metro line that goes under the Bosphorus (Marmaray) just so that we could say we had done it. It took us to Uskudar where we took a ferry back across to Europe. This mosaic mural was in the metro station underground.
After crossing back to Europe, we walked to Ortaköy, a trendy neighborhood where you can get kumpir (baked potatoes with everything imaginable on them) and waffles (also stuffed with everything). This is the mosque at Ortaköy which is a famous site from Istanbul.
I was able to get my favorite dessert (well one of my favorites) tonight before we leave for Rome in the morning. Künefe, shredded phyllo dough filled with melts cheese and drenched in rose water syrup. Served with pistachios on top!