Doubletree by Hilton Avanos Cappadocia
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Thu 29 May, Cappadocia, Goreme, Pottery, Whirling Dervishes
I woke up and raised the blinds to see a flotilla of balloons rising over the hills. Naturally my first obligation was to take some pictures. Then back to bed for a little wake up period. At 8:30 we boarded the bus to go to the fairy chimneys in the valleys of Cappadocia. ( …
Morning started at 530am with hot air balloon. It was great feeling, first time trying. Not exactly super bowled over but definitely a once in lifetime experience. Both for the fact of trying hot air balloon and the sights of so many of them over the fairy chimneys. Well at least it wasn't as scary for my fear of heights as I thought!
... offers itself to artistic interpretation. The natural processes that formed the fairy castles took millennia, but what happened in the past thousand years is equally fascinating. People found that they could carve cave homes into the soft tuff that makes up the castles and they got busy burrowing. In some places there are underground cities seven stories deep. Early Christians were some of the first to dig, hiding themselves and their churches in the rock because ...
... We even got to stay in one! In case you're wondering, I did not don a sabre tooth tiger coat, like Fred, nor did Sandi pin her hair up with a bone, like Wilma. Nor were these the primitive cave dwellings of Neandertals.
Cappadocia was first occupied by the Hittites in ancient times (yes, of Biblical lore) who came to the area and discovered a geological anomaly - volcanic layers in the form of hard basalt over softer stone. Centuries of erosion created stone pillars ...
... to explore that lead us into different rooms within the monastery which was also the living quarters of the monks. There was a kitchen with a chimney and places to store food and water. There was even a stable to keep the animals. There were 'pigeon holes' where the pigeons lived and bred. The pigeons were a great source of meat and eggs for the monks living in the monastery. The pigeons were also used for communication, a skill which required one year ...