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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Nevşehir May 7th 2014

Photos of Derinkuyu Underground City...... read more
Derinkuyu Underground City
Derinkuyu Underground City
Derinkuyu Underground City

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia May 6th 2014

Photos of Goreme Uchisar Castle...... read more
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Goreme
Goreme

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme April 20th 2014

Today we leave our beautiful oasis in Cappadocia. After another lovely Turkish breakfast at the hotel we went back to "gourd Man" where we purchased some beautiful hanging gourd lights . We Were invited into Suleyman Ikman's Carpet shop....he very graciously served us tea and told us stories about some of the beautiful dresses and brides hats displayed within. After an enjoyable visit and tour of the old shop we purchased some pillow covers and other souvenirs before heading to airport. Good trip home to Ataturk Air Port in Istanbul. We like Turkish Air! GREAT TRIP!!!!... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme April 20th 2014

Good Friday AM...up at 4:00 again today....bad news at 5:00 too much wind to fly. Back to bed until loud pounding on door at 7:00. HURRY....We are going to fly! In air by 7:40 after being literally picked up and tossed into basket!!! Most amazing adventure ...no words to describe....our most excellent pilot, Mustafa, even had an evil eye hanging in basket to protect us from harm. It worked :-) and once back on ground we celebrated with Champagne, cake and beautiful red strawberries. Once back at hotel (only 9:00am) we enjoyed a Turkish breakfast and started our leisurely stroll through the village, up a long hill to the Goreme Open Air Museum. Here there are many chapels cut into the hillside . inside each are still beautiful Byzantine frescoes with scenes from both the Old ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme April 20th 2014

Flew into Neveshir, in the Goreme Valley.In this valley lie the greatest concentration of rock cut chapels, monasteries and rock formations dating from the 9th. Century onwards. These formations, built out of volcanic "tuff".....were created 30 million yrs. ago when the erupting volcanoes blanketed the region with this volcanic ash which solidified into an easily eroded and excavated material .... Tuff ......over time was worn away by wind, water and temperature change creating a landscape that has to be seen to believe. The cave dwellings carved out of a single cone of tuff would provide shelter for a whole community. After arising at 4:00 am for our hot air balloon ride at sunrise we were disappointed to find it was too windy to fly. :-((((. We re-scheduled for next day and hired a van and guide ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme December 11th 2013

We went on a ballon ride at 6:00am I think it was too early but worth it. They fed us at the office it was like all the other breakfasts. Jill, Elise, Rachel, mom and me where paired with 8 other people and the pilot. Our pilot was hilarious he made jokes, he asked if we had been on a hot air balloon before we said it was are first time and he said it was his too! The view was unbelievably beautiful as the sun rose from the depth of the darkness and shone light to the world! We went through the valley of love and were really close to the ground we then shot up and went 930metres above the ground, we were only feet above the ground when we went over a ridge ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Konya December 11th 2013

We went to a new town. It was a 4 hour drive away. One of the stops we made we saw an old caravan stop, (a caravan stop is where travellers from all over gather and sell their produces). Mom bought me some gloves because I had thought I had lost them. In Konya we stop to see the largest whirling dervish school in Turkey. Not only a school but a grave for the man who got the closet to the god Allah. to be a whirling dervish you must study there for 1001 days. We then went to a wooden Mosque. It was amazing; it had a hole in the middle where they collected snow for water when it melted. After the Mosque, we finally showed up at the family's house we were staying at. ... read more
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