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After my visit to the tourist office of Ürgüp I am overloaded with brochures and maps of the area. Lots to see, place to hike and things to do. After reading some of it, I feel totally stressed out. I decide to explore my way, trusting on my instinct where to stop and where to go. Ürgüp is lovely but a bit too touristy for me with its boutiques, hotels and wine terraces and tourist busses. After a quick walk around, parked next ...
... and handmade items for sale. The wife is making a delicious smelling rice dish. Our last big stop in the heat of the day is a Roman underground city. It is incredible to imagine that thousands lived here, in 7 underground levels. All of their day to day lives were spend in this city where they felt safe and protected from invaders. They did come out to farm, but all of the production was stored in ...
... There are 935 million Muslims in the world of which 17% to 18% are in Turkey. Turkey has been Muslim since the 9th century.
Good Muslims pray five times a day and cleanse beforehand - neck, feet, face, arms, hands, ears, forehead.
We also visited a whirling dervish museum - whirling dervishes were a sect who used whirling - approx 60 turns/minute - as a means of meditation.
Turkey has three earthquake fault lines and in ...
... time in Istanbul was 50 minutes so it was already going to be a brief stopover. Despite making up for lost time, we landed in Istanbul at 2015 and our flight out to Nevsehir was at 2030. There were a dozen of us on the connecting flight and we were told 'the bad news and the good? news'. As expected, we had missed our flight to Nevsehir. The good news was that they could put us on another ...
... got over it; the kids mounted up behind us and off we went, bumping along and having a good time. We stopped at one point for a quick hike at a sheer cliff wall, five or six stories worth of prehistoric condos in a location called Cavusin, and did some exploring. Returning to the ATVs, we discovered an ambulance packing someone off to the hospital; it turned out this was another ATV renter who had flipped and injured themselves, but it seems not too badly. We ...