Another planet? Exploring Capadoccia

Trip Start Nov 15, 2004
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Trip End Nov 10, 2005


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Thursday, October 20, 2005

We had initially decided that Cappadocia was too far to venture given our limited time in Turkey, but after hearing many good reports about it and having been told by our hotel owner in Kusadasi that 'it is like nothing else on earth' we decided to take the 10 hour overnight bus trip to see what all the fuss was about.

The landscape of Cappadocia is a result of millions of years of shaping by wind and rain of volcanic sand ('tuff'). The result is certainly like nothing we have seen before and would make a great location for a film - in fact many people think some of the places we visited are similar to scenes from the latest Star Wars films. 'Fairy chimneys' rise from the sand like giant mushrooms and scattered through the valley are the remains of houses carved in to the tuff over thousands of years. St Basil established a strong Christian establishment here and there are the remains of churches carved and decorated into the rock - not quite the Sistine Chapel but still quite impressive given the conditions. After sunning ourselves on the coast we didn't quite expect the freezing temperatures we encountered in Goreme and got a few laughs from the locals as we walked around with our beanies, gloves and scarves.

So far in Turkey we have found the people to live up to their reputation as being very kind and friendly, even the touts don't hassle you very much, more content to drink chai than try and sell backpackers a carpet!
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