Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia

Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
Trip End May 01, 2011

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Dolunay Campground and Hotel

Flag of Turkey  , Cappadocia,
Monday, April 11, 2011

The train was pretty much on schedule and we got the bus from the last
stop into Konya because of more train work.  Then we got the local Sobek
bus into Goreme where we went to our hotel.

After 15 minutes to get settled, we headed for a walk across to the Outdoor Museum.  We had
started to see some of the strange rock formations of Cappadocia on our
way to the hotel from Konya but now on our walk we went from one to
another.  The ground was covered in places with small daisies and yellow
flowers.  There were loads of flowers on the cherry trees and then  of
course there were the rock formations peculiar to Cappadocia where
basalt columns were left after erosion.  We scrambled up and down the
paths and took loads of photos. 

When we got to the open air
museum, I tried to figure out whether I had visited it in 1995.  At
first I thought "no," since there were cobble-stone paths and I
remembered sandy paths, but when I saw the room that supposedly either
stored wine or made wine, I thought I remembered the site.  Some of the
rock formations looked the same.  We visited a number of the churches
and saw the frescoes.  In one of the churches, they charged an extra 8
lira but there the frescoes were very brightly colored and more or less
complete.  I wondered what the nationality of the people who created
them was.  This was around the 10 th century.

After the museum,
Betty and I walked in the village while she looked for a place to change
money and I looked for more postcards.  First I found a place with 10
for a lira and then I found a shop that sold 11 for a lira.  They were
such nice cards it was hard to pick just 11.  I gave Betty a choice of 2
out of the 11.  Am I generous, or what?

Once back at the hotel, I checked out the view
and tried to organize a bit while my nose ran and I used up one roll of
toilet paper after another.  We went to dinner at a great traditional
Cappadocian cave restaurant and I had a pottery kebab where they made a
stew in a tallish clay pot and then have the dinner guest crack it open
amid much hoopla.  Erwin said that I was the only person that he had
ever seen break the pot into pieces.  I should have hit it more along
the crack to split it in two instead of several pieces.  Now we are back
in our room and I am catching up on my blog while Catherine naps.  It
is almost 10 but I will try to upload some photos from today.

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