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Here is some information we gleaned from the all day tour we did yesterday and from our reading. This area of Turkey was once Persia and the Silk Road ran through it. There were 36 underground cities and many of them were built 4000 years ago. We visited one on a tour yesterday that was one of the earlier ones. In the underground cities there were rooms for churches, schools, kitchens, stables, graveyards and storage. All these were on different levels and went quite deep ...
... of a Muslim society has been colored by descriptions of life under the Taliban or in Saudi Arabia. I envisioned a rather restrictive, repressive social structure. But the three countries we visited, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey, were relaxed and friendly. People ate, drank, and enjoyed life and family as in the US. Women wore scarves or not, but at no time did I feel uncomfortable or out of place. I would say, however, that it did not seem that women ...
... in the area, of which 6 have been opened for visitors. Kamakli was very large, and able to hold more than 4000 people. Although it is thought that the beginnings of the tunnels were done more than 2000 years ago to protect against wild animals and cold weather, they really became intricate systems of cities and tunnels during the 10th and 11th centuries when Christians used them to escape persecution from the hands of Roman soldiers.
Kaymakli is 8 ...
... Had a lovely breakfast together and amongst other things, they shared with us that their grandson was going to attend the University of Maryland this fall after spending a gap year in Israel. What a coincidence!
We spent the rest of the day wandering around Uchisar and visiting the castle at the top of the hill. Had a nice late'ish lunch at the House of Memories Restaurant (recommended ...
... and then we got rides back to our hotels. I went down the road to the Colombian girl’s hotel and sat with them for breakfast. It was really nice to chat about travelling and what all our plans are. They were going on another tour today, so I left them at about 9:30am.
I saw everything I wanted to see yesterday so I took the rest of the day off. I started planning what I’m going to do ...