Asher - Day 1 Cappadocia

Trip Start Mar 12, 2008
Trip End Mar 31, 2008

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Today was  half good and half not good. The not good part was in  the morning. We had to wake up at 4:30 for an early 7:15 flight to Kayseri, in Cappadocia. I tried falling asleep on the plane, but for me that is nearly impossible. After the flight, we rented a car and things started to improve. We drove to our hotel in Urgup, a town close to the rock formations that we were interested in. We were greeted by the owner of the hotel, and were all given hot choclate and cake. It was very comforting. My parents unpacked while Gracey and I explored the labyrinth type hallways and passages of the hotel.
Then it was time to do what we had come to Turkey for, exploring!!
First drove to see fairy chimmeneys. Fairy chimmenys were made when Mount Erc erupted thousands of years ago. Then the lava dried into rock-like substance called Tuff. Over time, the tuff eroded, and the rock structures left behind are the chimmeneys. The place where we saw the chimmenys first was next to a mountain, and we ended up climbing over them. On the way up I found many animal bones. It was odd, because all of the bones were within the same 20 foot area. My sisters climbed as well, but not as high as me.
After that, we stopped at a monastery that had been carved into a rock formation in the 9th century. It was a place where more than 200 monks had lived at one time. Inside the church, we go to see the remains of many frescoes.
After a mini-tour of the church, it was time to go back to the hotel and relax before dinner.
We had dinner at a place called the Mikro Restaurant. The food was great, but it was good to be back at the hotel, as we were all tired after a long day.
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