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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 urbanisation 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

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia March 2nd 2020

28th/29th Feb 2020 Antalya As planned, we just took it easy this past two days, catching up on laundry, sleep and walking miles and miles around the city and the old town. This is a really pretty town with a really positive vibe, and it has real Melbourne weather - raining one minute, sunshine the next. We are heading for Cappadocia tomorrow morning on the 7.30am Kamil Koc bus. I'm not sure what made me look for the bus route online, but I did. The bus on this route only leaves twice a day, every day. For some reason, I can't see the bus we are travelling on. It's showing a shedule for the night bus but not the morning bus...... our bus. Perhaps its booked up now. Perhaps its not a real bus. Perhaps I'm ... read more
Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Goreme

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia April 14th 2018

I’ve given my wife a lot of blank looks over the years but when she told me we were off to Goreme for a holiday I had to dig deep into my repertoire of bemused expressions. I settled for a bland gaze with my eyes twitching quizzically to the left and right. Then I did some research. Goreme is a small town in the Cappadocia region of central Turkey. It is ‘famous’ for; developing the Christian Doctrine of the Trinity, inspiring the set of Star Wars ‘A New Hope’, picturesque cave houses and hotels carved into the rock of the landscape, and over thirty cities dug underground over 1000 years ago capable of hiding 20 000 people with provisions and livestock. Quite a set of achievements, I guess the place deserves to be more famous. ... read more
A cave Church cut into the rock
Hot air balloons at dawn

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia April 8th 2018

Sadly we are leaving the natural wonders of Cappadocia behind today, with another long drive, this time heading towards Darende, but more of that later. First we are having an early morning visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum (hoping to avoid the crowds). The Open Air Museum is a must see if you're in the area. It's a UNESCO world heritage site and it's easy to see why as we begin to look around this huge site housing a large number of 10th, 11th and 12th century refectory monasteries carved out of the rocks, many of which are highly decorated with religious paintings. As we enter the open air museum, on our left is what's known as the 'nunnery'. It's a 7 storey building with a kitchen, dining hall and other rooms, along with a ... read more
Church at Goreme Open Air Musuem, Cappadocia
Kitchen table and benches carved out of rock, Goreme Open Air Musuem, Cappadocia
Church at Goreme Open Air Musuem, Cappadocia

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia April 7th 2018

Stumbling out of bed at 4.45am in a cold cave is a surreal experience. I am in Cappadocia, in Turkey, staying in a cave hotel and about to take my first ever hot air balloon ride and an early morning is required in order to see the sun rise. Personally I'm not that fussed about sunrises and would rather have an extra few hours in bed, but nevertheless we are picked up by the ballooning company's minibus and a bleary-eyed group keeps fingers crossed that the wind conditions will be ok to fly (or float - not sure what term you use for hot air balloons). It seems our minibus driver is a rally cross wannabe as we race past other trundling buses at break neck speed, dust flying up behind us, tyres screeching. We are ... read more
Hot air ballooning, Cappadocia
Hot air ballooning, Cappadocia
Hot air ballooning, Cappadocia

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia April 7th 2018

We are all on a high from our hot air balloon ride and find it odd to be arriving back at our hotel at what would be our normal breakfast time. It feels like we've had half a day already. We're heading off on more activities later, but we have a bit of time relaxing at our cave hotel reading, going for short walks in our little valley and round the top of the cliff, watching a couple having wedding photos with our hotel as a backdrop and generally soaking up this unique location before we go. In the afternoon our bus driver picks us up and takes us to the start of a walk through the alien landscape of Cappadocia in one of the valleys near Goreme. We stop at a particular rockface where Burak ... read more
Fairy castles, Goreme, Cappodocia
The start of Burak's rock cave hotel
Galip Korukcu, Turkey's Einstein!

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia April 6th 2018

Another travelling day sees us eating up the miles on our way from Konya to one of the most iconic districts of Turkey, the natural wonders of Cappadocia. As usual on travel days our clever tour company has included interesting stops along the way. Our first is to see a 13th century pit-stop for camels, the Sultanhari Kervansarayi. This is one of a number of 'hotels' along the Silk Road where traders would stop for 3 nights to allow their camels (donkeys if they were Del Boy types) to rest before the next stint of their journey. They were not able to travel at night because of thieves and bandits lurking in the hills, so only traveled a day at a time covering approximately 40km to the next Kervansarayi. The Sultanhari has a massive portico doorway ... read more
Derinkuyu underground city
Derinkuyu underground city
Lottie Let Loose in the Derinkuyu underground city

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia April 6th 2018

This trip was a bit of a surprise to us. Our plans for Easter were to fly to Bangkok and then try to organise a trip to Myanmar, but for some reason the price of the flights to Bangkok never seemed to drop. I think we may have been spoiled by the £360 bargain we bagged last year with Oman Air, it’s set a precedent I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to match. This meant I was scouring the flight search engines for flights to ‘somewhere new’ which was the only guidance I’d been given by Faye. Jordan has always been somewhere we’ve wanted to visit but flights weren’t far off what we’ve paid to visit South East Asia, the cheapest being with Turkish Airlines, via Istanbul. The flights for the London-Turkey segment were ... read more
Blue Mosque
Balloons at sunrise
Grand Bazaar




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