Meet The Flintstones (in Cappadocia)
Trip Start Sep 09, 2013
24Trip End Dec 16, 2013
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That is, until we arrived in Cappadocia, and we found REAL cave dwellings. We even got to stay in one! In case you're wondering, I did not don a sabre tooth tiger coat, like Fred, nor did Sandi pin her hair up with a bone, like Wilma. Nor were these the primitive cave dwellings of Neandertals.
Cappadocia was first occupied by the Hittites in ancient times (yes, of Biblical lore) who came to the area and discovered a geological anomaly - volcanic layers in the form of hard basalt over softer stone
Exploring these ghost towns is bizarre and other-worldly. There are other cave villages in the world, but most are dwarfed by the sheer scale of Cappadocia, one of Turkey's unique attractions. After three days of squeezing into doorways, exploring secret passageways, wandering in cave cathedrals and climbing to glorious vistas over rose coloured valleys splashed with autumn hues - we were, simply, out of breath. The pictures below say it all.
I couldn't find any bowling alleys (for my twinkle toes) in Cappadocia, though. Wilmaaaaaaaaa!
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