Goreme - Cappadocýa

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Flintstones Cave Pension

Flag of Turkey  , Cappadocia,
Monday, August 22, 2005

We arrived in Goreme at about 7.30am this morning after a hideous coach trip! My air con diddnt work so poor Matt had to angle his towards me, all in all it was soooooo uncomfortable! But we got here safe and well and found a hostel without any problems! Its called Flintstones so you can imagine the laughs we had walking up to it this morning.....we shall have a YABBADABBADOOTIME HERE!!!!!!

Our room is in a cave! Its amazing and much cooler than a standard room, its really cool - literally!

Today we were soooo tired as we hardly slept on the coach journey, at about 8.30am lying in our cave(!) we decided that we would go up and visit the Goreme open air museum which is a world heritage site and consists of rock cut churches and convents, but we fell back asleep and awoke at 1pm!!!! Imagine!!! So, we took a shower and had some lunch at our hostel then ventured town into the village.

Its soooo quiet here compared to where we have been, we looked around the shops and bought a beautiful lampshade and Matt got his Turkish flag at long last!! We tryed to get some Turkish Delight to send you mum (Alis) but nowhere here seems to sell it! Typical or what.....so we went to the post office and sent Alis paragliding DVD off so please let us know mum and dad (Alis) when you get it!!!

We are back at the hostel at the moment enjoying a couple of Lipton ice teas!!! (yeah right! Matts new name for a beer to make himself feel better!!), and we are going to take the short walk back into the village and get some dinner in a while.

Tommorow we are taking a rather expensive tour, but seems to be the only way to see the whole of the region in a day, we shall visit an old town that was located on the original Silk route so that should be interesting, and there is the Ilhara Valley and some spectacular churches.

On Wednesday we will visit the Goreme open air museum and chill out by the pool in the afternoon before taking our 14hour bus journey to Aleppo in Syria!! At last!!!

Goreme is much cheaper than the parts of Turkey that we have been in recently and much quieter and cooler which is nice.

So, Turkey, three weeks.....its been amazing and we have both loved our time here, its been a complete contrast....its hard to think that three weeks ago we set foot in the magnificent city where east meets west - Istanbul, chilled out and visited some of the best preserved ruins in the world at the ancient city of Ephesus, moved down to the small Turkish village of Koycegiz on the lake, then it was over touristy Olu Deniz - the national park with a spectacular blue lagoon side by side with tacky british bars and shops catering soley for the tourist, then up to the Harbour town of Fethiye and off on our Gulet....which was hard and we diddnt love it, but it was an experience and taking a small boat at midnight to a secluded little beach where we made a log fire and drank beer was a fab experience, then to Olympos - The ultimate backpackers village with log cabins and tree houses to where we sit now - Here in Goreme - Cappadocia...the Volcanic rock area of Turkey set high in the mountains.....weve not seen it all, but weve seen a lot and seen many different places.........Syria here we come!!!

Ps....Gulet and Olympos piccies are up....

Love and hugs and kisses to you all.................

Ali and Matt
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