Weekend Getaway to Goreme
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
91Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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The region is filled with a multitude of activities to engage in... and we all chose a bit of what we wanted... Deb did some shopping, as the handicrafts in the region are hard to match throughout Turkey... some of her favorites included ethnic dolls for the many nieces back in the States, pashmina wool scarves for her yoga friends and a new yoga carpet that she can take to her upcoming yoga retreat in Assisi, Italy...
Aidan had a chance to Adopt a Kangal dog for the weekend... as he puts it, "The nicest dogs in the world are in Cappadocia", and I tend to agree... unusually friendly... He continues to grind away at his parents about getting a pooch..
Carsten pushed for us all to jump on four wheelers and take a tour around the many valleys and canyons that make up this fascinating area... We rented two and took off with a guide... exploring old churches, cruising by bizarre pinnacles, crawling through neatly tucked villages and squeezing through deep canyons through dry riverbeds... We all had a great time... it was Very Cool!!! At one point in the trip we arrived at a wide open valley and let the boys take the machines off on their own... always fun to watch the independence rev up their spirits...
I woke up my family early one morning... pried them out of the hotel room, and coaxed them off into the Pigeon Valley for an early morning walk... after a few grumbles and complaints the landscape bewitched them and we were able to scramble up and down the troglodyte hills with a sense of adventure.... discovering a few ancient church caves bored into the hills...
A few of the other collective highlights that we engaged in were taking in Derinkuyu, an underground city that was dug straight down into the earth, so as to provide a place of protection for the early Christians in the area..http://www.avanosevi.com/images/s/derinkuyu.jpg
We also decided upon this trip to purchase a Turkish rug... and met up with a rug dealer that we have become friends with.... After hours of unraveling stunning works of art and drinking numerous cups of apple chai and strong tea we decided to sleep on a few options and left the rug shop, heading off to a Whirling Dervish Ritual that a few of the local Sufis engage in... http://www.allaboutturkey.com/dervis.htm
The next day we had lunch with Ali and finally decided upon a rug... a 60 year old rug completed by Armenian Turks that had settled in the Goreme region... with Ottoman and Persian design elements...
Late Sunday evening we arrived back home... with fond memories and a bit of Cappadocia to unravel on our apartment floor... making our own little cave just a bit more "homey"... as we continue to settle into our new life in this beautiful country...