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Topkapi Palace
Second set of pictures:

İznik tiles decorate the interior
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Interior of Circumcision Room
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Sofa Pavilion
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Sofa Pavilion
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Interior of Circumcision Room
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İznik tiles decorate the interior
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Closeup of colorful Iznik tile
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The highlight of Topkapi museum is the Baghdad kiosk
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The colorful play of majestic door, artistic tile work and marble work
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Children enjoying the cultural heritage of their country in their school trip.
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A school trip for children in their colorful attire!
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Panoramic view of Constantinople from Topkapi Palace
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Yerevan Kiosk. This wall shows the evolution of its decoration, Iznik tiles and marble panels sitting cheek-by-jowl with a rococo-style window.
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Yerevan Kiosk. This wall shows the evolution of its decoration, Iznik tiles and marble panels sitting cheek-by-jowl with a rococo-style window.
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Yerevan Kiosk. This wall shows the evolution of its decoration, Iznik tiles and marble panels sitting cheek-by-jowl with a rococo-style window.
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Library of Ahmed III
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Library of Ahmed III
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Library of Ahmed III
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Library of Ahmed III
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Impressive interior of Library of Ahmed III
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Impressive interior of Library of Ahmed III
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Impressive interior of Library of Ahmed III
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Impressive interior of Library of Ahmed III
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Impressive interior of Library of Ahmed III
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Mannequin of scholar in Library of Ahmed III
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Love the contrasty Yellow and Blue!
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Audience Chamber AKA Chamber of Petitions
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Keeper of Second Courtyard
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Palace kitchens with its tall chimneys
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Keeper of Second courtyard
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Beautiful trees in second courtyard
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The Gate of Salutation, entrance to the Second courtyard of Topkapı Palace
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The Gate of Salutation, entrance to the Second courtyard of Topkapı Palace
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The Gate of Salutation, entrance to the Second courtyard of Topkapı Palace
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The Imperial Mint of the Ottoman Empire
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The Imperial Mint of the Ottoman Empire
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The Imperial Mint of the Ottoman Empire
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The Imperial Mint of the Ottoman Empire
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Arrival in Ankara
We had late lunch after our visit to Topkapi palace. After lunch we were on our way to Ankara. We encountered traffic jam in Istanbul. It was a long drive. We checked in Hotel Sergah Ankara. On arrival we had dinner. The hotel was very average. We all retired to bed as we were very tired from our morning city tour and long drive.


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Day 2: Salt Lake, Uçhisar Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum, Kaymakli Underground City, Belly Dance, overnight in Cappadocia
We also call Fixed Departure Tours 678 Tours meaning wake up [email protected] 6:00; breakfast @ 7:00 and time of departure @ 8:00.
We left our hotel after breakfasts on a cold bleak morning with overcast sky. Our first stop after 2 hours of drive was Salt Lake. We were not impressed it was drizzling and rather cold. This place has souvenir and coffee shops.

Salt Lake

Cold bleakly morning in Ankara
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The Chef Hotel Sergah Ankara
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Salt Lake on a cold winter morning
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“End of the Road” Boys 2 Men
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No visitors outside as they were keeping the warm indoors
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Looks like a Cold Desert
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Uçhisar Valley
Buffet lunch was served in one of the restaurant. Highlight of all meals in Turkey was succulent fresh salad vegetables. Their salad dressing were disappointing. We did have try the local wine. After lunch we visited Uchisar valley.
Uchisar is a settlement situated at the highest point in Cappadocia on the edge of Goreme Museum. From here you can have panoramic view of landscape marked by the fairy chimneys.

Moonscape of Uchisar Valley
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Farmers used these cave pigeon houses to collect the droppings of pigeons which is an excellent natural fertilizer for the orchards and vineyards.
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Pigeon and Pigeon Houses
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Most of these cave dwellings have been painted white to attract the birds and their valuable droppings.
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The landscape is also marked by the fairy chimneys
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Castle seen in spectacular moonscape
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Massif is crisscrossed by numerous underground passageways and rooms, which are now mostly blocked or impassable. They served as residential areas, as well as cloisters in Byzantine times.
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Evil Eye and Moonscape!
"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
Albert Einstein
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Dreamy moonscape with wonder rock formation of more than thousand years old
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The fairy chimneys were hollowed out and used as graves during the Roman period. Inside these rock cut tombs the bodies were laid and entrances were closed by stone slabs
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Walking on the Moon: Lyrics from the Police song!
Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon
I hope my legs don't break
Walking on the moon
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Evil Eye!
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it. Balthasar Gracin
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Pigeon Valley and Uchisar Castle!
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Uchisar Castle is visible in the center of capture
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In Ottoman Time, the castle in the center was again a main location for protection and maintenance. The castle was surrounded by many houses. When it happened any attack from invasion of the enemy, the local people could effortlessly escape to the fortress to protect themselves.
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Enjoying the panoramic view of this magnificient moonscape on cold and wet winter day
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In the center of the town there is an underground gallery, which extends for about 100 metres underneath some houses. It was cut in the tuff stone in earlier times and probably served as a link from the fortress to the outside world and to protect their water supply
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Let's have a chat! Probably not the right time now: time for Social Distancing!
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Evil Eye!
It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. Buddha
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Ready, Steady and Go! Cheeeeeeeeeeeese!
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The Moonscape with butting cliffs and rocks
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Uçhisar is first mentioned in a 14th century chronicle by Aziz ibn Ardasir. The nature of the terrain was conducive to defense, while the camouflage of the buildings provided an improved defense against attackers.
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Love this decorative piece on the Salad Bar
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Breathtaking view of this moonscape from the balcony. This ice cream at this view is yummy!
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Tried local Cappadocia wine for lunch
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Turkey is blessed with delicious citrus fruits and vegetables. Mini fairy chimney decoration on salad Bar during our lunch
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Goreme Open Air Museum is about 15 minutes drive from Ushisar valley.
It is a complex of multiple monasteries side by side, each on its own a fantastic church. Its rock-cut churches contains beautiful wall paintings and frescoes with original colors. If you have less time in hand and get the essence of Cappadocia this would be your ideal stop. You can complete the tour of this place in around 30 minutes. It presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique. The museum was one of the first two UNESCO sites in Turkey.

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The museum is a collection of cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks from about 900 AD to 1200 AD.
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The museum holds the region’s best collection of painted carved churches
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It was drizzling during our excursion in the museum with a few visitors
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Used HDR and wide angle option of the smartphone
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It represents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique.
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"Rain Rain go away, Little Johnny wants to play"
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Tourists enjoying the panoramic views of rock cut churches and chimney houses.
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Candid camera moment!
“Don't compromise yourself - you're all you have.” John Grisham, The Rainmaker
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Its a short uphill walk
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One of the my favorite colorful click of the museum
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Views of the open air museum from one of the churches. You are not allowed to take pictures of interior of churches
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Panoramic view of the museum from the top.
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This place has a coherent geographical entity and represents historical unity.
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There has been restoration work in many of the historic sites in Turkey under UNESCO guidance. You can notice the restoration work.
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Walk along the cobbled path in the museum
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Umbrellas umbrellas everywhere!
"You've to close down your umbrella when you are under a canopy. Drop you pride; give praise to God!" Israelmore Ayivor

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Walking down from the church
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The highlight is the Dark Church. We did not gain entry to see church from inside due to time and weather restraint.
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It was a cold and chilly afternoon stroll through the museum
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Candid camera moment!
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
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Trimurti!
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Umbrellas, Umbrellas!
"An umbrella with many holes is better than no umbrella!" Mehmet Murat ildan
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We proceeded for Kaymakli Underground City tour.
The cave cities were excavated as early as Hittite times, and expanded over the centuries as enemy armies in search of captives and plunder. There are 36 underground cities in Cappadocia and kaymakli in one of the widest.
It is built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli. The people of Kaymakli village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The inhabitants of the region still use the most convenient places in the tunnels as cellars, storage areas and stables, which they access through their courtyards. This Underground City has low, narrow and sloping passages. The underground city consists of 8 floors below ground but visitors have access to four floors only. Kaymakli Underground City, Cappadocia

View of the outside from the caves
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Probably the Store Room
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Status on the right side! Do not remember the significance of the same.
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Small sized doors
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Circular stone boulder to close the entrance to these caves to prevent enemies to plunder and exploit the locals
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Day 3 (Continued):
After a long day of sightseeing we checked in Hotel Alp Cappadocia. We could not get accommodation in one of the Cave hotels as they were overbooked. Our experience with this hotel was good. We had early dinner.
After dinner we proceeded to witness the Belly Dance of Turkey. We all had a great time. Few of us were asked to perform the belly dance. I won't post those embarrassing clicks!
We returned to our hotel around 22:00 hours. Our guide tour informed us than Balloon Flight Ride next morning had been cancelled due to weather condition.

Corridor of Hotel Alp Cappadocia with my room on the left
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Our room in Hotel Alp Cappadocia
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Turkish Folk Dance
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Trust me Folks! She is a good dancer!
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Arrival of Belly Dancer by this Tube
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Folk dance of Turkey
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Folk dance of Turkey
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Day 4: Drive to Pamukkale: Visit Cotton Castle:
We started early as we had to cover over 300 Kilometers to Pamukkale. It was long drive with a few stops for bathroom and lunch. We did manage to reach Pamukkale in the evening before sunset.
Pamukkale means Cotton Castle in Turkish language. It is an amazing natural UNESCO heritage site. It consists of numerous cascading turquoise water pools carved out of limestone hill formation.

Cotton Castle with turquoise colored pools and limestone formation
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The light was fading rapidly with overcast condition
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It looks like snow fields
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A few tourists during this time of the year seen in the far end! This limestone formation look like snow.
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We stopped at this place for honey flavored yogurt. I cannot see the Indian flag!
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How many country flags can you identify?
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Interior of the place serving delicious honey flavoured yogurt
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Entrance to Cotton Castle with our tour guide! I love the mascot of our tour guide.
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Walk towards the limestone formation
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Walk towards the limestone formation
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It is a huge complex with sprawling rock formation and ancient ruins.
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It is a huge complex with sprawling rock formation and ancient ruins.
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Panoramic views of this natural UNESCO heritage site
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Overcast sky with fading light
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Fields of Fluffy Cotton
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The light was fading very rapidly
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Few tourists in the middle of capture
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A family portrait courtesy Well Wisher
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End of Day 4:
We checked in for overnight stay in Hotel Tripoli Pamukkale. During dinner the tour guide offered Optional Sunrise Balloon Ride with additional charge in Pamukkale. Only 2 persons in our group of 16 opted of it. We finished our buffet dinner and retired to our rooms. The rooms including the bathrooms are clean. The balcony offered a beautiful view of limestone hills.


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Day 5: Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Overnight Kusadasi:
Today we had a late wake up call as we had to wait for persons taking the optional Balloon ide. The breakfast was okay: the hall serving breakfast had a Panini Press which made our sandwiches tasty. It was cold morning but a bit of sunshine for change. Our first stop was Pamukkale thermal pools; from here we picked the persons who had taken the Balloon ride.

View of Balloons from the parking lot of our hotel
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View of Balloon from the premises of our hotel
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View of Balloons from the parking lot of our hotel
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Overcast sky with limestone formation giving the appearance of snowy mountains! Love the trail of winding path!
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Reflection of Balloon on the Hotel's swimming pool
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Ballooning landing very close to our hotel
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Reds of Balloon and Car!
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Cute Bird house in the premises of our hotel
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Cute Bird house in the premises of our hotel! Good morning little one!
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Ready to deflate the Balloon after landing
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Ready to deflate Grey Balloon after landing
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Overcast sky with winding path! Probably my Fav for the morning!
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Overcast sky with winding path
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Pamukkale thermal pools with ducks
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Pamukkale thermal pools with ducks in another avatar
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The overcast was clearing with better visibility of limestone formation in mid ground
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Limestone formation in the background
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Another B & W avatar of Pammukale thermal pools
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Let's get 2gether!
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Let's get 2gether!
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Nice views of limestone formation from thermal pools
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Raft of ducts in thermal pools of Pammukale
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Raft of ducts in thermal pools of Pammukale: Clouds clearing with glimses of azure sky
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Yours sincerely in B & W avatar, courtesy my daugter!
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Only the Lonely!
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