Burton Dane Travels

We're traveling through Europe and parts nearby for a year. We'll be posting our pix and adventures here.

Friday, March 23, 2007


hello, nice of you to stop and read this blog, THIS ONE IS BY BEN!!!! Thank you.

so, you are wondering probably why I named this blog entry “THE CALCIFICATION VACATION”, we are currently in Hieropols , and not too far away are the travertine pools, a vast place of wonder once occupied by romans, and as usual they left there ruins. Look at some of our pictures , imagine what its like . Now a imagine that all the natural pools of pure white water are clogged by a mass of speedo donning, sunburnt, 60 to 70 year old mainly american and british tourists, all wearing sunglasses. Yes, I too let out a scream of horror. Luckily , this Hichcock-like scenario was the demon of a few years ago. When we went most of it had signs saying that you can only WALK here,without shoes. Ahh it was great. after our second day we went to a ancient roman bath, which was amazing.

Look at the photos of my and mom in that pool. That was the roman bath, it was a hot spring with chunks of old roman tooled stone architecture. Although there was the occasional piece of floating algae, there was also a kind of algae underwater that felt like VERY slippery wet plush carpet. It was also a natural history lesson, If you look closely at the pics of the pure white of the travertine pools, you can see a strange pattern, this is caused by archae bacteria, and it is a great way to see something amazing (the pure water ) and something amazing (the strange shape of the bacteria colonizing we loved it.

read the blog more often, its good for your health-ben dane


  • At 11:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What do you mean - read the blog more often? Some of us are checking it every day. Nice pix and descriptions Ben. love, Sylvia

  • At 9:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What I want to know--how come you are the only ones in that wonderful looking bacteria pool????? Mark you look great and very happy--keep up the great pictures and, Ben --we do look everyday--just dont comment all the time. Love your blog Ben.


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