Cappadocia - lost for words!

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Cappadocia,
Sunday, December 20, 2009

I am in absolute awe of the landscape here.  All I want to do is explore valley after valley and keep going deeper. 

Rock formations carved and sculpted  over years of wind and rain create amazingly beautiful shapes.   No matter what angle you look at them from, they are different and constantly changing as you walk along.  It's fun to let your imagination roam and look for different images in the rock - kind of like staring at the clouds. 

The rocks are far from being one colour.  Bright whites evolve to sandy hues and yellows, and gradually darken to shades of browns and even reds.  Some are striping between various layers in the same rock. 

Smooth round shapes change and look like melted liquid waves flowing down the hillside.  Then it changes to rough tall spires and whipped cream mounds.  Ever changing even with close proximity with one another.  Then freckled with tiny windows and doors where people or animals have lived.  A wonder to behold. 

I always hear people comparing this area to Star Wars, and it certainly is otherworldly.

So different it's hard to believe it just evolved this way.  Instead, it looks as though a master artist carved it by hand.  Or several artists, each working on a different valley and then corborating on the areas where they meet.  A grand masterpiece on a large scale which no hotos will ever capture the feeling of being inside.  A work of art that will never be shut up in someone's house for only a few to admire.  A sculpture that will never be contained in a museum.  Just a beautiful landscape for all to enjoy.        

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Erika on


Jen A on

My most favourite spot in Turkey! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It never gets old, no matter how many times you go back. And you have to go back! Cappadocia in the spring and summer (and fall) is amazing - different colours in the canyons, different shades of light reflecting off the Fairy Chimneys... I wish I could be there now...

2totango on

I loved this area as well! Listening to your descriptions of how it changes through the seasons makes me long to go back. I have a BIG list of places I still want to see in Turkey, and I would certainly go back to Cappadocia if I'm ever there again!

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