Day 10 - Arriving in Cappadocia

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Flag of Turkey  , Nevsehir,
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Up at the crack of dawn we jumped into the airport shuttle minivan and headed across the impressive bridge to the Asian side of Istanbul to the airport Sabiha Gorkcen. After a bit of a wait we got onto our flight at 0930 and arrived in Cappadocia's airport Kayseri, about a 55 minute flight. We then hopped onto a bus and took close to an hour to get to our hotel. Wow! This is truly the land of fairy chimneys. It is unlike anything you can imagine and one can totally understand why they chose this spot to film parts of Star Wars. In every direction you see these chimneys rise out of the ground and in them are doors, windows and secret tunnels. Basically Christians fleeing from persecution in other parts of Turkey arrived here and built an elaborate town within the magical rock formations.
After we got to our delightful room over looking the Pidgeon Valley, we started walking and after a quick chicken donner sarmie headed towards the Open Air Museum. We got audio guides and wound our way between the various cave churches, kitchens, a nunnery and more. Each of the churches were small in size with natural domes created by the stone. The ceilings and walls were decorated with geometric shapes and frescos depicting religious scenes and people. Most of the frescoes are done with ochre - a red colored stone crushed into powder and used as a paint medium.
Amidst the hundreds of tour groups we managed to see most of the sites and really enjoyed hearing the stories and seeing this natural and man made wonder.
Strolling home we popped into a pottery show house. Pottery is very big in this area especially urns made from red clay. The only thing we walked away with was a scruffy stray dog who decided to follow us all the way back into town. It was hilarious watching us trying to lose the dog.
After a quick shower and putting our feet up we headed to a local house up the road from our hotel that was recommended by the hotel manager. Basically it's a family who has opened up their home and created a small restaurant. They cook the meat and breads in a 1 or 3 metre pit. The head man of the house was very enthusiastic about showing us his ovens. We sat at low tables with cushions and the family just brought out whatever was on the menu for the evening. Little to no English is spoken so its lucky dip. We started with breads and various plates with cheese, tomato, olives, chillies, and a tomato chilli paste. Then came a small bowl of spicy tomato soup followed by a slow roasted chicken oven baked stew. Delicious. For dessert we received a plate of some kind of shortbread type pistachio crumble.
We befriended a South African couple that are living in Tanzania. They are travelling around Turkey for their 20 th anniversary. They kindly introduced Anton to Raki - similar to Uzzo- and the evening got interesting after that! Great food, fun conversation and a very authentic setting. We climbed into bed, looked out over the valley of fairy chimneys from our bedroom window and felt very spoilt indeed!
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Yvonne on

Love your room...looks so cozy!

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