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Travel Blogs from Urgup
... hiking trails, restaurants and more. The topography on the way there was all agriculture – mostly pumpkins. Swat had told us this morning that these are different pumpkins – smaller in size and grown for their seeds – the rest is tossed out. I never really thought about where pumpkin seeds come from, so when I buy them from now on I’ll have to check the package to see if they’re from Turkey.
When we got to the Ihlara Valley ...
... was incredible. 20 people loaded into the basket of our ballon and prepared for take off! We sailed up over the landscape with about 75 other hot air balloons surrounding us. It was breathtaking! The balloon went up to 5,000 feet in the air and then sailed down through the ravines and over the top of other balloons. It was amazing how much accuracy these pilots had (our captains ...
... The co-operative also has rooms for manufacturing silk threads (he demonstrated the threads being woven from silk worms) and dying wool with natural colours. Then came the great carpet bonanza in a room where two men unrolled carpets every which way on the floor, while our guide described their features in detail. They spun carpets mid-air so we could observe their shine and colour-changing properties (a trick ...
... used by the Roman army as a fortress. There are many rooms inside the rock connected by tunnels and stairs. Later on a rich family used it and it became Uchisar Castle. Once the Turkish government realized the value of the Cappadocia region all of it was declared protected land. Once it became protected no single family may live in the cave homes anymore they can only be used for tourism purposes.
... two leopards or lionesses. I also liked the collection of "stamp seals" with pleasing geometric patterns, which archaeologists believe were used to decorate clothes and/or bodies.
Moving along, there were many beautiful early bronze age figurines of bulls and stags (and a few interesting human sculptures too).
The museum had lots of interesting artifacts from various periods, but the Phrygian collection fascinated me the ...
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- Continental Breakfast
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- Free parking