Travel Blogs from Urgup
A 4 hour drive through stark and stunning vistas would take us to our next stop- Nevsehir. The bus had lousy shocks and the 2 lane roads were very bumpy. We stopped for photos by the Salt Lake and then pulled into Nevsehir to pick up our guide, Hamil. We drove through the city to reach the Cappadoccia area. 60 million years ago this was an inland …
... still, dark Cappodocian hills to a place where hundreds of like minded adventurers were all waiting for their aerobatic experience of a lifetime. This is an operation that really runs like clockwork, they do it every day. Turkish men shout at you "Hotel?" you answer and they give you a pendant with a number on that you put round your neck. then, after some coffee, they shout "FOURFOURFOUR" until all of the fours are together and then whisk them off to their balloon's ...
... the local towns people. There were 200 small churches in the area, also carved out of rock. We were able to visit several of these small ( think 20 person capacity) churches and view the frescos that are still on the walls. The frescos date back to two eras: early ones made from 700-900AD and more elaborate ones dating from the 11-13th centuries. The cave homes were occupied from the time of the Romans (and probably before) until the early 1960s when ...
... to 13th century that literally were carved into the stone cliffs, deep inside these strange rock formations. A lot of them still had original frescoes telling biblical stories as most people could not read in those days, although many have been vandalized over the years.
Yesterday our hotel arranged a small group tour of the region and it was perfect because no one else was on it, so we had our own private guide with a driver for the day. Outside of the obligatory stop ...
... SUITE! The one on their brochure! It was the most beautiful room I've ever stayed in ANYWHERE! He explained that my 'standard' room had a problem, so they 'upgraded' me. This is a DREAM come true. I'm staying in this gorgeous CAVE ROOM! Thank you,....thank you,...thank you!
I'm going to rest a little,....then begin exploring. (Mom,...thanks for saying that special prayer for me,.....it was heard! ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking