Touring around Cappadocia

Trip Start Apr 16, 2006
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Trip End Jun 07, 2006


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Monday, May 8, 2006

I have been having problems uploading photos so I am behind... I will try to catch up when I can but it takes time, and some of the places I have stayed do not have USB ports.

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Sometimes I feel like being around people, but for a few days I was feeling a bit introverted, so I don't really have my usual Lynn Candid People Shots in this collection. I was touring around the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia with my guide Suat and just looking at everything mostly. While everyone here has been incredibly kind to me, the thing I will most remember about Turkey isn't so much the people but the landscapes actually. And the birds... wherever I go there seem to be birds singing everywhere.

Turkey is far different than I had expected it to be. I had an image of it as a bit more exotic and a lot more Middle Eastern than it is. It is actually a very cosmopolitan and westernized country when you are in the Western parts of it (Eastern Turkey is a different story, but I do not have the time to explore it on this trip), and more often than not reminds me of Italy (albeit FAR less crowded). There are times where the landscapes remind me of Italy, or Germany, or even Sierra Nevada. But the most amazing thing about Turkey is that there are ALSO moments where the landscapes look like nothing you have ever seen. Thanks to millions of years of volcanic eruptions or calcium deposits or erosion or whatever... Turkey contains some landscapes that look like another planet. Cappadocia's fairy chimneys are a good example, and you'll see more in my photos of Parmukkale.

I will let the photos tell the story here. Well, once I get them uploaded.

Side note: Turkish cough medicine tastes like candy. It doesn't do anything for a cough, but it would be a good dessert topping.
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donnad
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Photos are amazing!!
Man this place is incredible looking. I especially loved Photo #15, you should blow that one up & frame it when you get home...
I'm really enjoying reading about your trip, what a great adventure!

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We arranged a pickup from Sabiha airport with a name card and there was our driver - very prompt who delivered us safely to our hotel. Everyone was so helpful and our contact from privatetoursinistanbul www.privatetoursinistanbul.com was waiting for us to complete our trip details. Everything was very well organized and well explained to us. We were very impressed. The staff so helpful and friendly. The location was amazing. Everything we wanted to see was on our doorstep. We loved the bustle and activity on the streets. Even the traffic jams were fun. Breakfast on the roof terrace was great and in the sunshine, a lovely spot to start the day. We were collected next morning to drive to cappadocia tour. This again was wonderful though our guide talked too much at times, giving us too much information and not enough time to wander on our own. We had a bit of fun when a Greek guest disagreed with the guide on some points. I don't think the guide appreciated my friend and I not paying attention!! Our memories of the trip will be the excellent organization and lovely, friendly, helpful staff. Thank you all so much. Love Turkey with Privatetoursinistanbul......"

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