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Next stop on our world tour - Cappadocia. This area is pretty much smack dab in the middle of Turkey and is known for its unusual moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches, and houses carved in the rock. Cappadocia is definitely an interesting town with a very loooooong history. There were a couple highlights for me while staying in …
We only did two things today but we are sure tired. Today started early this morning in the Nuzhet Otel lobby at 4:30 AM. We were driven by bus driver from Kayseri to Nevsehir. Then we were taken by another bus out to the fields near Nevsehir for our hot air balloon ride! We waited by a small fire and had tea and breakfast pastries while our pilot Ragab and his ground crew got the ballon ready. There were about 20 of us total and we had no idea about the ride we ...
... in times of trouble or war to protect themselves and their families. It's amazing to see what people can do. I really liked seeing the ventilation shafts that run from top to bottom, five stories in all. However some of those passageways were really small and we had to suck walk to get down them. I guess when your carving in rock you only take out as much as you need to! On the way back to Kayseri we made two stops at scenic areas. These are ...
... frescoes some of which are still visible today. In the Ottoman age, the churches were abandoned or became kitchens, warehouses or even stables. Many of the monasteries became fortresses. A few of the fairy chimneys are still occupied today, complete with modern windows, doors and furnishings, Some have been renovated into cave hotels but most - and there are thousands of cave dwellings in Cappadocia - are now abandoned.
Exploring these ghost towns is bizarre and ...
... the Cappadocia area. No one knows how many underground cities there are under the surface. Around 8 large cities and 200 smaller cities have been found to date and many of these are connected to each other with many kilometer long underground tunnels. It is truly amazing. And what is interesting is that another underground city has recently been discovered in 2007 when a resident fell through a wall in their home and discovered an ancient underground ...
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