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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia October 8th 2023

Of the many places we visited in Turkey when we lived here, one we did notsee was Cappadocia (propounced Kapa-do-kee-ah). Sharon and I both were anxious to see this region of the country, which as it turns out, looks a lot like the American southwest. It is a high desert region, with dry scrub plains bordered by huge mesas. This region gets a lot of snow in the winter because of its elevation. The snowmelt caused erosion of the mesas which produces the unique carved topography. The mesas were formed millions of years ago by a volcanic eruption which left layers of soil that compacted into semi-soft, carvable rock. It is this rock that allowed the creation of hundreds of underground cities. We visited one which has been made into a museum, safe for visitor access. ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia October 7th 2023

This day started with a beautiful traditional Turkish breakfast, complete with local cats. Every meal we have enjoyed outdoors has been with a menagerie of cats. The locals are very fond of their cats and dogs and take great care of them. They do not really belong to anyone, but belong to everyone. They feed them and provide water everywhere. Many have ear tags which tells me they are tracked and probably spayed/neutered and vaccinated to keep populations under control. The care they have the animals is but another example of the warm and generous spirit of the Turkish people. We were up early enough to catch the ballon show over Cappadocia. This is a very popular thing to do, which provides a birds eye view of the region. They only fly at 6am, provided weather ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia September 28th 2023

Last night we walked around and found a restaurant that had a viewing area up high from which you could eat. We have a lovely dinner overlooking the town of Goreme which is lit up with lots fairy lights. It was a very early call for both of us this morning. Jeff headed off for a sunrise horesback ride and I headed off for the Hot Air Balloon ride. We both had a 5:30am pickup. It was a bit of a drive to the Hot Air Balloons and there were heaps of them. I later found out there are 162 hot air balloons operated by 32 different companies. By the time we arrived the my balloon was mostly inflated but the bursts from the jets were still lighting up the insides of the balloon like a ... read more
Last Night's Moon
Night shots of Goreme
Almost ready

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia September 27th 2023

We had to be up at 3:00am to be ready for a 3:30am pickup. Tom got up to say good bye and we wished each other well as we now go our separate ways. The cab ride to the airport with no traffic took 40 minutes, I guess that's our base line to work from when we leave on Saturday. The airport is HUGE but well signed, so we made our way to the right spot without any issues, got our flight and slept most of the way. There was then about an hours drive to Goreme where the tour started from and we slept most of the way there too. Our tour today of North Cappadocia only had 6 people on it which was a good sized group. Our first stop was to Uchisar Castle ... read more
Fairy Chimneys at Uchisar
Fairy Chimneys at Monks Valley
Fairy Chimneys at Monks Valley

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia August 31st 2023

I made it to Cappadocia, a place I tried and failed to reach 18 years ago when I was last in Turkey. It is an area where early Christians lived in caves dug into the stone formations. ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia June 4th 2023

For my next short weekend Trekkup trip, my friend and I decided on Cappadocia. I had long wanted to do this trip and, while I had initially planned to do the trip on my own for a more extended period, I figured why not. Trekkup trips are generally packed and so I should get to see what I wanted without having to spend too much time organizing it, including the balloon rides, which I was not initially planning on, but now was excited about. It was a small group of 6 going and we all got along pretty well, which is crucial for small groups! This was my first time in the other Istanbul airport, Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), which is located on the east side of the city. We had a 4 hour layover and ... read more
Cave Hotel
Cave Hotel - jacuzzi

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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia October 27th 2021

For those that have followed us over the years, you know that we enjoy exploring the country that we are in. With our birthday’s coming up we decided to plan a trip to Cappadocia, a place that had been highly recommended to us by many that have gone. First off, Cappadocia, is not a town, but a region in Turkey. It is a high plateau (1000 meters/3,280 ft) with hot dry summers and cold snowy winters so decided this was the perfect time to visit. Its name derives from the Hittite word “Katpatuka” which means land of the beautiful horses. When you do a search on Cappadocia you will see that the topography looks almost “out of this world” with what are called “fairy chimneys” scattered all over the area. This area was formed of soft ... read more
Traveled to Cappadocia by a 12 1/2 Hour Bus Trip
The Temperature Showing On the Bus Was 73F
Made 14 Stops on the Way, Going Through Towns

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia September 3rd 2020

Cappadocia has been on our bucket list for a long time but a lot of people have told me they have no clue what or where it is. So, here is a bit of a backgrounder:Thousands of years ago, people carved a tunnel and chamber complex into the soft rock and in the 4thcentury, an underground urbanization was created in central Turkey. The landscape is a honeycomb of man made caves, places to live, work, and worship. Entire towns were formed by tunnel complexes. Here is a lengthy video of our visit to Cappadocia We climbed through tunnels in underground cities... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia March 4th 2020

3rd/4th Feb 2020 Goreme, Cappadocia The Green Tour! There are three tours you can do at any one of the hundred tour agencies in the little town of Goreme. Red, Green and Blue. We opted for green and today we travelled around 250 kms to visit some spectacular sights. The Derinkuyu underground city: These cave cities were originally excavated around 1700 BC, and are as deep as 85m! That's almost 4000 years old! They believe they were built to withstand attacks rather than be permanent dwellings, but they contained all of the usual rooms found in a normal city - stables, storage rooms, kitchens, wineries, studies and churches. The extensive network of passages and tunnels and inclined corridors linked family rooms and communal spaces where people would meet, work and worship. Corridors could be quickly blocked ... read more
Goreme, Cappadocia
Goreme, Cappadocia
Goreme, Cappadocia

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