Paradise Cave Hotel and Pension
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... By now it was late afternoon and the sun was starting to set. We arrived at Imagination Valley - in the Derwent Valley to beautiful light. This valley boasts the strangest shaped rocks - like pillars holding up figures at the top. A favourite game of locals (and tourists) is to decide what shape is represented at the top - a bit like seeing images in the clouds, except we could clamber all over these. It was great fun and we stayed for a while taking heaps of photos.
... so protection from enemies was no longer an issue. Frescoes telling the Christian story adorned the walls and pillars of the churches. This was very much the biblical Capadoccia. As a child I read all those saint stories which gave me a real sense of this place. Yesterday we drove in a bus about 200 km in a round trip from this village of Goreme where we are staying. During the day we walked through part of a beautiful valley beside a fast flowing stream. Above us were ...
... stone fairy chimneys come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are topped with dark basalt caps. The basalt is harder than the tufa, so the stone erodes away beneath the cap leaving a thin "neck." Most of the fairy chimney homes are no longer inhabited because erosion has continued and chunks of the walls have fallen away. However, many have been converted to tea houses or renovated and made into hotels. We are staying in a "cave" hotel.
... were a crime. More recently, going back only a few generations, regular farm folk made cave homes, so now in this region the remains of troglodyte villages abound. Today Cappidocia is a thriving tourist destination...and one of the busiest hot air ballooning places in the world. During the day we hiked the valleys and explored the caves, and then on one special day, very early in the morning, we got into a hot air balloon and rose into the dawn over the lunar ...
... to stay in the van again, as he was feeling pretty bad again. The rest of us went in and got a demonstration about the different types of rare stones they had in Turkey, the main one being Turquoise. He showed us examples of a turquoise stone, as well as comparing a fake stone. After showing us a few more things, he took us through to the shop. It was a massive room carved into the rock (recently, not an old one) full of heaps of displays of jewellery. There was so much of it! ...