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... all around us. Towards the end of the day we bumped into a couple we had met on the tour the day before and walked with them to the old village of Cavusin where we shared a taxi back to Goreme.
Some of the sites in Cappadocia are quite far from the main towns and best visited by car or tour, so to visit the attractions further afield we took the “Green tour”. This included a stop for photos and some interesting history from the tour guide at Goreme panorama, ...
... 600 churches in the region, some of them still reserve frescoes dating from the sixth century to the tenth and eleventh centuries AD
Beyond all historical and geographical surroundings, what more involved myself with this place was the energy and the mystical atmosphere that this region has the time and provided the perfect climate for the monks could meditate and devote himself to prayer leading a life extremely simple.
I made my base in Kayseri, about 1 hour from ...
... the Turks back to Turkey, all based on religion.
We returned the car - in mint condition - and ended our day back in Gerome where we made friends with a nephew and uncle carpet team who have been in the business for nearly 50 years and are natives of Cappadocia. They knew their stuff and did their job well, because Chad and I walked out of there with some new stuff.
The nephew took a shine to me and we saw him do a ...
... little shop with drinks; it seems a strange existence and for us it's all a welcome change to ancient ruins. We gather for lunch then it's off to visit a pottery factory. It's the full deal, they give a demonstration of the pottery wheel and ask for a volunteer to try it! Rob has a go. A tour of the artists painting the pottery and then another hard sell reminiscent of the Turkish rug deal. Don't dare admire anything or they'll be all over you to buy. We've ...
... marvelling at the views, structures, and cool plants. The valleys also have community gardens in them. They grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables. Eventually we had to head back. We turned around and hiked back to town and got some delicious pide for dinner. It was cheap and MASSIVE! We took the food up to the top of the hill in town and joined all the other tourists to watch the sun set. So many Australians were there!! Pretty much every tourist we met was an Aussie. It was a lovely ...