Day 10 - Arriving in Cappadocia
Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
105Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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.
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!