Fairy Chimneys

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Friday, July 18, 2008

7/7-21/7

We left Sanliurfa at about lunch time to drive to Cappadocia. Clive was driving like a dream, and we were doing well until we got lost, yes i know we do this a lot, navigating around a foreign country isn't always the easiest thing to do though. So after an old and very eager man showed us the right way we drove until it got dark and pulled up on a nice little spot by the road to wait until the next day. We got to Cappadocia early afternoon and spent the rest of the day cleaning out Clive, the mechanics had made a right old mess of him. The camp site is really good, and we have a fab view over the landscape. There is also a huge pool, which we tested out today. We were hoping to go white water rafting while here but the company who used to run it has gone bust, so none for us.

Cappadocia ended up being a great place, but we knew it would have been. We spent 5 days here in the end exploring some of the most and least touristy bits. The open area museum in Goreme is a great place, and the fresco's are amazing, but most have faded or pealed away, so imagination is required. The whole area just looks great with fantastic rock formations jutting out all over the place, and if this wasn't enough, you can see the little windows and doors poking out.

Everywhere you go in this area seems to have been inhabited by someone, who with much effort I assume carved out their house or chapel from the stone. It really is a place like no other and a must if you come to Turkey. For one of the first times since we have been on the road, we have been camping with younger people, we were quiet excited to turn up and see people who were our age! On our third night there we got talking to a swiss couple (David and Clevia) and they came over to ours to have a drink. It was getting quite chilly out so we sat inside Clive. Next thing we knew a Dutch girl had come to join the party and then two more Swiss people who David and Clevia had invited over earlier came as well. We ended up having 7 people inside Clive at one time and it was all rather amusing. We all had a good night and had to call it quits at 3 am.

We stayed the next day and went on a walk from a little village called Cat (Chat). We had to drive the van into Nevsehir and park it there to get the dolmus into cat, do the walk and then get the dolmus back from the other end. We waited and waited out the front of an Internet café where the owner assured us the Dolmus left from. After 45 mins he double checked with someone who pointed us around the corner, and the bus came 5mins later!

The walk was very cool, and took us through a little valley surrounded by high cliffs on each side. Into the cliffs dwellings had been carved, often the entire hight of the cliff famakingking tintoinot 5 story houses I suppose. We came around one corner and saw an Shepardpard with his cows who starcallingling out to us and then following us up the path. He started saying gel, gel (come) and beckoning us to follow him. He lead us to a ladder which went up into on of the cliffs and into a dwelling. It was very cool scrambling up and down different levels and through heaps of different rooms, but it wasn't easy. Most of them you had to find little foot holes and pull your self up a 2 meters or so, to get to the next level. I struggled a bit, Dave OKd ok, but our 70 year Shepardared had noworryrrie in the world as he pulled himself (and me) up the hardest ones!

One of the reasons we came on the walk were because we were told that there were lots of turtles around this area. We saw one, but no more. We think we may have taking a wrong turn somewhere, because, there were absolutely no signs to keep you going in the right direction. In the end we made it to the right town with out to much trouble, got a huge bottle of cold water (it was really hot) and settled in to wait at the bus stop. About 5mins after waiting, Dave saw a convertable Mercedes drive past and thought it was quiet cool. Then a few seconds later the same Mercedes reversed back up the road and a German/Turkish man and his family asked us if we wanted a lift. Dave looked at me to ask what I thought, only to see me walking towards the convertible! Neither of us had been in a convertable before, and it was great fun hooning down the high way with the wind in my hair. We did feel a bit bad for sweating on their leather interior, but they did want to give us the lift.

When we got back to the camp site an older New Zealand couple had turned up. So we had a chat to them that night about our trips, they having had an endless summer for the past 3 years. We got some tips and must sees, and went to bed rather earlier then the night before.

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