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... a fairyland.
Since I last came through here nearly forty years ago there have been over 100 hotels built into the hillsides and caves. Hot air ballooning and trekking are the most popular activities. In summer there can be 100 hot air balloons in the air at the same time, but in winter there may only be 30.
The fairy chimneys are the result of lava ash, wind and water erosion for hundreds of ...
... rock underneath, creating bizarre shapes called fairy chimneys, mushroom shaped, pinnacles and conic shaped formations where the hard basalt caps protect the underlying towering formations. These are interspersed by other formations formed by residual lava tubes forming dispersed hardened towers of rock. Both these formations provided an easy to carve foundation for the inhabitants to hollow out for use as houses and churches, which had the extra benefit of nullifying ...
... who believed that if they could drink a kind of infusion of the material from Christ’s eyes, their blindness could be cured. So sad to think of the suffering of people who lived before modern medicine.
We saw a tour group in front of a small church which turned out to be very interesting. It had several very pleasant little frescoes, and large pillars that hid me and my camera from the guard. So I’m not saying I ...
... be occupied by monks and still have many remains and tombs. These volcanic structures have been dug out and serve as homes, similar to our cave hotel. On the way back we pass donkeys, camels, stray cats, horses and goats, and try some weird Turkish - its has a jelly-like texture and I try the pistachio, banana and chocolate flavours. We think the texture might have something to do with the heat and stopping it melt so quickly - its a scorcher this afternoon!
Back at our cave ...
... we like to take escorted tours. I am now going to mediate awhile and will add more later..
A typical travel day consists of the following: wake-up call at 6:30 if it is a travel day. Luggage out in the hall by 7 AM. Breakfast buffet at 7:00. On the bus ready to leave by 8:00AM. Breakfast buffets are usually large, extensive offerings; there is something for every taste. If we are traveling a large distance we always stop ...