The Flintstones

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 08, 2012

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Where I stayed
Flintstones Cave Hotel and Pension Goreme
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Turkey  , Cappadocia,
Saturday, July 2, 2011

I arrived in Neveshir around 5:30AM with a shuttle bus to Goreme aka Cappadocia in time to see the hot air balloons hovering over the crazy rock formations.

I spent the morning in search of a reasonable priced single room when I was approached by a local named Faruk. Faruk indeed found me a single for 30TL but in the end I returned to Flintstones Cave Hotel. Even though they could only offer me a dorm room to myself including breakfast and shared bathroom apart from room I liked the vibe and figured I would meet more people. In fact I did meet a Canadian family sharing the other dorm room including mom, her two daughters and one of their boyfriends. It was refreshing to see a North American family traveling like this.

After a quick siesta, I met up with Faruk who escorted me on his scooter up to the panorama view before we ditched the scooter and hiked in the 90 degree weather through Pigeon Valley up to Uchisar castle. The rock formations of Cappaodica caused by multiple volcano eruptions, date back 10-15 million years ago. The locals carved caves into these tall cone shape formations with additional holes at the top of the caves to be used for pigeons. They trained the pigeons as a communication source.

It felt so good to stretch my legs and get my heart beating after staying sedentary on the boat; however Faruk wasn't handling my pace so well. He kept stopping to point things out but I knew it was more for him to catch his breath. Of course his only motivation for making it to the top of the castle was a cigarette.

The evening continued with a stop into the Onyx/Jewelry factory where a beautiful turquoise, diamond rind set in Harem style caught my eye. Harem style is made up of four movable bands of ruby, sapphire, diamond and emeralds.

I managed to control myself and left without too much haggling. We left there on our way to catch the local dolmus but not before stopping in the winery. The environment around Keysari county is comparable to Central California actually. They have extensive agriculture including pumpkin, strawberries and dates.

I was starting to feel uneasy around Faruk with his limited teeth, busted nose and chain smoking. I believe that ultimately he is a nice, trusting guy but as with most Turkish men, when they meet a Western woman they immediately think that we are "easy" and tend to push the envelope to a point of discomfort. I bid him goodbye in exchange for joining some women from the hotel for dinner. I had befriended Susie, a middle aged woman from Sydney, Australia who was on holiday here but currently resides in Istanbul. I was inspired by her story. Basically, she is taking a break from her family in Australia and has made it her mission to transform the management at Flintstones Hotel with hopes of running a café there next season. In the few days I was there, she already got the guys to change their clothes daily, add some air freshener to the bathrooms and impress them with a pasta Bolognese that sold out the spot. I wish you luck Susie.
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