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Published: June 26th 2012
Our hostel here in Göreme is great for sleeping: no noise, no heath at night and real blankets and pillows. So, we slept until 10am (or I did, Leo woke up at 8). I had pancake with banana and chocolate for breakfast. When I was eating it, Leo said that when he saw that on the menu he was thinking that would be the last thing he would have..hah..anyway i guess he was on to something since i also decided to have the Turkish breakfast next time.
We had decided to go see the Love Valley. You can check the pictures to judge for yourself where you think the name comes from 😉 We thought it would be a shorthish walk to the valley, looking around for a while and walking back. But we ended up doing a full 5 hour hike. First we missed the correct road to the valley and ended up on a panoramic view point instead. That caused us few kilometers extra walking, but actually it wasn't bad at all. View to the valley was awesome and we got to have a break with freshly squeezed orange juice. Also in few other places during our hike
we would see lonely stalls with few chairs selling juice, tea etc. I don't know how busy it gets here in July-August, but we were always the only customers and there wasnt too many other prospects around either, so I got the image that it must be quite hard to make a living with that kind of business around here.
We eventually found Love Valley based on the instructions we got from the juice sellers. The actual walk across the valley was longer and harder than we thought. Even so, definitely worth it: amazing views, views that we have never seen anywhere. And sure, those phallos shaped rocks were funny to look at 😊
We are enjoying the Göreme area a lot, there is something very relaxing about it. Even though the village seems more like a holiday resort than a real village, the surroundings are just weird looking rocks, rolling hills and country side as far as eye can see. During our hike we were mostly alone on the paths. There were other hikers here and there, but mostly we couldnt see other people. We just stated how it feels like we have been here already several
days, even though actually its only one full day. I suppose it's a good sign and means we have really gotten away from everyday routines.
Now it's around 9.30pm, we are sitting at the terrace of our hostel having well deserved beers and looking at the night time view of the village. Looks pretty nice.
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