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    Fall Break: Kaklık Caves

    After a day at the beach, we headed back north to Pamukkale to break up our dive to Ankara. We decided to check out Kaklık Caves, which are 40 minutes north of Pamukkale. There is a strong sulfur scent in the air from the waters.

     

    Kaklik Cave sulfur smell

     

    Entrance cost 2TL. (The Müzekart did not work here.) There was a small cafe (don’t eat there, it’s dirty) and a pool you could pay to swim in. It took less than 30 minutes to walk through the caves. There were travertines just like Pamukkale.

    It was a fun little stop, but I don’t recommend going out of your way to visit this site.

     

    Kaklik Cave light

     

    Kaklik Cave light

     

    Silhouette in cave

     

    Kaklik Cave travertines

     

    Cave wall

     

    Kaklik Cave travertines

     

    Cave safety

     

    Kaklik pool

     

    This man decided to take off his clothes, jump over the barrier, and go for a swim:

     

    Kaklik pool

     

    After the caves, it was back to Pamukkale!

     

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    SB14: Škocjan Caves Park, Slovenia

    After our morning in Ljubljana (still David’s birthday!), we drove 50 miles southwest to Škocjan Caves Park. The caves are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The visitor center was under construction, so our tickets were discounted. Also due to renovations, part of the caves were closed, but we got to see a different section that wasn’t usually part of the tour.

    We piled into an elevator that took us down the hill closer to the entrance of the cave.

     

    Elevator lift

     

    Škocjan Caves Park

     

    Cave cliffs

     

    The caves were carved out by the Reka River:

     

    Cave river

     

    Outside the cave

     

    Škocjan steps

     

    Cave entrance

     

    Škocjan Caves Plaque

     

    We followed a trail of stairs up and back down a section of the caves. I think the tour guide said it was around 100 meters high where we stood. It was cool inside the cave, but not as cold as I thought it might be. Photography wasn’t allowed inside, but David accidentally took this one:

     

    Inside Škocjan Caves Park

     

    It was interesting to see the structures and ledges the early explorers used. There was a super old bridge high above where we walked. Amazingly, very few people died exploring the Škocjan Caves. Young boys did a lot of the initial explorations. They were good at squeezing through tight spots and climbing the walls.

    You can see a 360 degree virtual tour on the cave’s website.

     

    Us at Škocjan Caves Park

     

    Leaves

     

    After the caves, we walked to a lookout point that had a fantastic view of the valley:

     

    Caves and river

     

    Škocjan Caves Park

     

    We love to explore a balance of both city and nature when we travel, and we really liked the caves.

    After a few hours at Škocjan Caves Park, we drove back to Croatia. Our lack of pre-planning caused a few troubles in Krk…

     

    Here’s a recap of the trip:
    » Day 1 & 2: Zagreb, Croatia
    » Day 3: Bled, Slovenia
    » Day 4: Ljubjlana, Slovenia
    » Day 4: Škocjan Caves Park, Slovenia
    » Day 5: Krk, Croatia
    » Day 6: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
    » Day 7: Split, Croatia