Ihlara valley Tour

Trip Start May 07, 2010
Trip End May 22, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Cappadocia,
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hi Everyone,

    Today we woke up, after a delicious breakfast, we left for our whole day tour. We visited Ihlara valley, did a 2 1/2 hour hike and visited some cave where the Christians recluse used to live. Along the way, our tour guide showed us some wide edible asparagus. We then had lunch at a small town. We met a very nice couple Roger and Connie from Australia here visiting. They are also booking this whole trip on their own and going from city to city. Also in our tour group, there was these 3 Asian tourists whom I thought were Japanese but they speak so fast I couldn't figure out. But at lunch, after a short chat with the Australian couple in English, I turned to the Asian tourist and started asking them if they are Japanese. They responded with surprise " Yes" and I pursuited and ask where do they live in Japan and they said Osaka. Ahhh, that explained a lot, since I am so used to the Tokyo accent of "Slow" Japanese, the Osaka accent is twice as fast as the Tokyo version, no wonder I couldn't get it. Anyways, I had a nice chat with these 3 Japanese tourists in my "slow" Japanese but nevertheless they are impressed as heck that I spoke Japanese so fluently only after learning it for 2 years. Roger turned to Angela and was just as impressed that I was speaking English for a minute and Japanese the next minute. hehe.... :D

    In the afternoon, we visited the former filming site of Star Wars in a place called Yaprakhisar and we visited the cave area called Selime. Our tour bus stopped so we can hop off for  the grand tour of the cave system, it was fun going in and our of different cave dwellings.

    Lastly in the afternoon, we visited Derinkuyu underground city where the people used to live here back in the 4-5 century. The underground city survived earthquaked and whole sort of different natural disaster when it is still standing. The archeologist are still exploring the cave system. It was also once used as War refugee site.

    Tonight after the tour, we had a quick dinner and then took off on an overnight  bus heading back to istanbul.

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sally f on

this makes me interested in traveling to that area. .

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