Love that Valley!
Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
154Trip End May 28, 2011
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We are really enjoying this Cappadocia area, and there is still much to see and do, so we are stuck here for a while… and the campsite is such a great value, just $20 per night with great WC and showers, spectacular views, balloons in the morning (the only problem is we have to get up ay 6:30 every morning), electricity and free internet. It is getting very cold at night though, lows of 3 and 4 C. So far we have enough sleeping gear to be warm enough, but it does not warm up significantly until about 11 am.
Today we drove back into Avanos so Pat could get her hair cut at a little place she spied when we stayed there. It is only about a 20 minute drive from our campsite. She had fun with them… 3 people all working on her and chatting with her in almost non-existent English, and her trying to ensure they did not colour her hair or put too much goop in it
Then we drove around some, through Urgup and Ortahisar, both of which seemed very Turkish, with only a little touristic area around the “castle”, or high rock with cave villages. In Ortahisar there was some kind of interesting event in front of the 13th C mosque. Traditionally dressed men and women were all gathered around the front gate (men in jackets and wool caps, women in full skirts with large white shawl scarves, and many covering their faces. The men and women were completely segregated of course. There was a western dressed man (jacket, open collar shirt, no cap) making a speech, during some of which the crowd seemed to be praying. Then an Imam type guy did some more speeching and praying. He had one of the white caps of Imams, a robe kind of thing, and a very full white beard. I think the first guy was probably a politician of the current religious leaning government, followed by the supportive Imam. It was all over in about 30 minutes, with lots of cheek touching of the men with the Imam and politician guy, but of course the women kept their distance.
Back to the campsite early on this relaxed day
October 27, 2010
Awoke to balloons as usual and you will see a photo of our bedroom view. You will also see a photo of woodpeckers taken from the van at about the same time this morning. Some campers indicated to us that they are very rare here, but we have now had two good sightings.
The main project of the day was a hike up “Love Valley”. It is called that, according to the guidebooks, because it is a peaceful and contemplative place, but you look at the attached photos and make up your own mind as to how it got its name!
It is a trek of about 6 kms, beginning near Cavusin, and coming out south of Goreme near Uchisar. So we drove to the exit place near Uchisar, ditched the bikes there, then drove to the entry place of the trail… hiked up, got our bikes and then rode back down the highway to retrieve the van. Clever eh!
The weather was good still today, though it is showing signs of breaking into the clouds and showers predicted for the next couple of days.
We also spent the afternoon exploring the town of Goreme some more, and you will see some photos of a great old church carved out of the rocks. We strayed into a luxury hotel, the Hotel Goreme Kaya, and discovered it was decorated with wall murals and freestanding pots by our friend Ergoyan who we stayed with in Avanos. What a surprise! A few photos of these are also attached.
We heard from Jeremy this afternoon that he will be in Amman, Jordan with Micehlle and the grandchildren from November 11 to 20, so that advances our plans a bit, and we will start our trip south into Syria and Jordan this weekend.