Cappadocia's various valleys and landscapes

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Mar 28, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Cappadocia,
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 7 (morning)          

Temperature:   15 degrees
Weather:  beautiful sunny sky                                 

Harun continued driving the motor coach where the landscape kept changing as minutes went by.  

A brief stop was eventually made way above a cliff where an endless panoramic view of Cappadocia’s beautiful Rose Valley stood out magnificently.  It got its name from the rose-colored rocks that varied in hue and intensity depending on the time of day, season and weather conditions; all of these explained to us by none other than our Tour Guide, Daghan!  

The view reminded me enormously of the Grand Canyon that I had visited several years before but where I stood today, the land had a magical attraction where one could stay glued for hours just looking at it and not be bored.  I wasn’t!  With my camera’s telescopic lens, details were brought even closer making me appreciate even more the majestic landscape.

Looking in another direction, the Zelve Valley impressed me greatly with its various rock-shaped formations where people lived in these caves way up to the 20th century adapting themselves to these types of dwellings.  Small round chimneys could be seen sticking out of the volcanic-rocks where I stood close by.

Another stop provided us with stunning views of a different kind of landscape where erosion and weathering…. the main contributors to these ever changing landscapes…were in its early stages.  And just to think that it takes thousands and thousands of years for the erosion to have drastic changes to the landscape and here I was today witnessing hours of it…..not that it changed during the time that I was here but my main point being….I WAS HERE IN PERSON!

In the horizon, the tallest point in Cappadocia stood out magnificently, this being Uchisar’s Cone Castle, a natural volcanic-rock citadel.   Looking just like a fortress in a commanding position with other rock dwellings below and around it, it had quite an imposing presence and could also be seen for a great distance from the region’s other towns. 

Pigeon Valley was where we stopped next to view the many different rock formations and hundreds of pigeon houses carved into rocks that resembled fairy-chimneys. Thinking about the pigeon of this morning that collided right into the hotel’s window while I was having breakfast, the bad omen in other words, these ones were much more civilized.  At least, they didn’t poop on me!    Daghan went on telling us that farmers were now using these cave pigeon houses to collect their droppings, these being an excellent fertilizer for the orchards and vineyards.

Very close to the cliff, a skeleton tree decorated with hundreds of the 'evil eye protection’ balls added charisma to the entire panoramic landscape.  I was quite impressed and could have stayed here all day since the entire view was so wonderful!   Plus, the weather was very much warmer.  It was 11:30am.

Monique   :-)

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Very nice pictures =)

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