Meleklerevi Cave Hotel
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We again rose before dawn in the hopes of a balloon flight today. As we walked outside we could see stars which we took as a positive sign. We were driven to the Kaya tent and the wait began. More cookies and bagels were downed as we waited. We started shedding our layers as the fire stoker outdid themselves today and people were being heated out of the tent. I will make this short but it was a good 90+ minutes and the sun had risen before we ...
... So I do and it is a delightful one, enjoying goat milk based ice-cream and sweet pistachio baklava! The 12 lira (3 euro) are happily spend on this!
Further along the mountain roads, going slow, I spot Möngel Magarari village. A local guy guides me to the cave at a natural river stream at the back of the lack. The decision to camp here is made on the spot. This guy also invites me for food at his house, or so I think to understand. Half an hour later we ...
... was deposited on soft sandstone. the sand stone erodes away and where it is protected by the hard stuff, weird formations occur.
This area draws tourists from all over the planet and is definitely one of those 'must see before you die' places. So much of early European human civilization happened in this area - it was the homeland of that odd and misunderstood empire, the Hittites. Also putting in appearances during the centuries have been the Greeks, ...
... I'm already very sleepy by this point!). But this day tour I absolutely loved, we went hiking through the Rose Valley and got to get up close to some incredible scenery and rock formations. I really enjoyed getting out amongst it and I probably needed the exercise to burn off some of the tasty Turkish food I've been scoffing down! After another delicious lunch in a cave restaurant we headed to the underground city of Derinkuyu, the largest underground city in Cappadocia. A ...
... supper was good as ever ~ and Sue and I were pondering as to which if any of the little puddings we would have, when one of the waiters came up and pointed at some particularly uninspiring ones and said "ka-kaa.... very good".
Well that made the decision much easier and I had an orange.
Just to finish what had been a very long day, Osman dropped the bombshell that tomorrow would be another early start and he would give us a wake up call at 6am.