Amazing cone-shaped pinnacles

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Where I stayed
Kapadokya Dedeman
What I did
Visited a moonscape like place on earth

Flag of Turkey  , Nevşehir,
Monday, October 3, 2011

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 I posted this picture that was taken through the bus window, because the polaroid effect on the picture sort of speaks to the mystique of this area.
 
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OCT 3: The very first view of the landscape of Cappadocia is a bit more than awesome! Volcanic eruptions some ten million years ago from Mount Erciyes and Mount Hasan blanketed this limesone plateau with ash and lava. When they mixed with water and the environmental elements, what resulted was a mud-like substance that slowly hardened into soft rock called tufa.  Centuries of rain, wind, and flooding from the Kizilirmak River shaped the tufa into surreal moonscape-like cone-shaped pinnacles and towers with a variety of lovely hues. 300 frescoed churches and dwellings for 30000 people were carved into the soft volcanic pinnacles from the 4th to the 14th centuries.
 
 
 
 
 
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We visited a grade school and met some of the children in their English class.  The Grand Circle Foundation donates money to this school.   The idea behind the GCF is to show the people of the countries we visit that we not only come to visit their country as tourist, but also assist in people-to-people meetings to create good will, and assist schools where needed. .
 
 
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As a Discovery Series of our travel company, we visited a cave pottery atelier where we saw an artisan make a pot, saw their wares, and of coarse the opportunity to buy. Some in our group did buy some pottery.   
  
 
 
 
 
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Rug-making in this area is world famous. 

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VIDEO: Silk spinning wheel   *click on picture to view

 
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There are more wonders here; underground chambers – even entire villages – some 14 stories deep. Although closterphobic, I had to see for myself this special wonder of the world, and braved going down 4 levels. At the 3rd level, I went ahead of our group and got lost in the maze of entrance, exits, and caves in one cavern. I panicked, and my blood pressure must have reached its peak before a heart-attack, but I heard voices, so I just waited a few minutes.   Happily, they showed up to the large cavern I was waiting in. This occurred even though there are red arrows to show entry into the deeper caverns, and blue arrows that indicates the exit.
 
 
 
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Uchisar Kale Fortress/Castle

 
 
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The majority in our group opted for the optional tour to witness a ritual of the Whirling
Dervishes in a caravansary before dinner.   Another fantastic tour day in Turkey - and enough excitement for one day.    We were not allowed to take pictures during the performance.
 
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Hanodasi Restaurant for dinner
 
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On our early departure to Ankara   





 

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