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Jun 30, 2013 - Cappadocia

On the way to Cappadocia we visited Sultanhani Caravansary, dating from the 13th century; it is the largest in Anatolia. It was basically an overnight camp..rest spot, for the traders travelling to and from the east on the silk road, with their camel trains and goods...and usually harems. It is a fairly large walled compound, with summer and winter sleeping areas, cooking areas, and space for animals. In the middle of the central courtyard is a small mosque. It is mostly original and in very good condition. Next we go to the beautiful...

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May 30, 2012 - Cappadocia

CAPPADOCIA: In one word…SPECTACULAR!!! WOW….have look at the pics. Rock formations that evolved through millions of years of erosion. We stayed in a cave hotel in Goreme. Very cool….our pics do not do it justice. Hiked to Rose Valley and found some pretty cool caves. Then in the distance we heard thunder, saw lightening and before we knew it we were in the midst of the 1st rainfall of our trip. Next came the wind. Then Bernie mentioned that all we needed was hail….and voila! We had hail!! Had to hole up in a cave for quite a while as it was...

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May 19, 2012 - Cappadocia second day

Trying to remember what I lost last night. Mainly our dinner...love this Turkish food! Tomato/cucumber salad, baked pasta, squash stuffed with spicy minced meat, meatballs and fried potatoes, strawberries and orange slices for desert. Then there is my room! 18-foot ceilings, two huge windows facing an old, old building with a beautiful turquoise door, wall long upholstered wide bench filled with decorative pillows, black spread decorated with garish gold and silver. I feel like a sultaness! 4:30 am...on the van headed to the hot air...

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Sheeon Year 2012

May 18, 2012 - First day in Cappadocia

Awakened at 4:30 with the call to prayer...again, a beautiful chant which reminded me to pray also. Played Words with Friends with my sister, Jean, for a while. She kept me informed about what was going on on Idol! Then down to coffee and breakfast. Coffee here is instant Nescafé and its really quite good if made strong enough. We had breads, cheeses, candied apples, cherry sauce, coffee cake, tomatoes and cucumbers and marinated olives...typical and I really like it. Began with an hour walking tour of this little village. It has been here...

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Sheeon Year 2012

May 17, 2012 - On the road to Cappadocia

I guess there was a championship football game here in Ankara last night. People with rooms on the street side of the hotel heard drums, loud cars, and saw fans rocking cars, etc., after the win...Guess I was tired. I heard nothing! After breakfast this morning, we went to visit the Antolian Civilizations Museum. An amazing collection of artifacts from here in the cradle of civilization. Then we visited Ataturk's mausoleum. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in WWI who brought about major social reform following Turkey's loss in the war. He is...

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Sheeon Year 2012

Apr 17, 2012 - Cappadocia

Well here I am with my second attempt for today as I just lost everything I did the first time around. We had a really interesting day today but unfortunately Gaila ended up sick and had to come back to the hotel. She's feeling a bit better now. The day started by going to Goreme which is a marvel of volcanic landscapes. They stick up all over the ground in many strange and interesting shapes. Many formations look like pointed rocks with caps on tops. These are called Fairy Chimneys. The formations have been used to live in for many...

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Bev's 2012 Adventure

Apr 17, 2012 - Cappadocia, Caves and Ferry Chimneys

Just as BC has a significantly different climate and vegetation depending on where you are in the province, the same is true in Turkey! Although Istanbul near the Marmara Sea was very much like Vancouver we have now traveled over the mountains near the coast and inland. Now it is much like our interior region. Sometimes it looks like Kamloops, with the deep gorges lined with sandstone hills that have been eroded by wind and rain. In other parts it looks much like the Okanagan, but without the beautiful lakes sparkling in the valley. The...

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Jordan and Turkey

Oct 27, 2011 - Cappadocia

We had a wake-up call at 4:00 AM to make our flight to Kayseri, a town almost in the center of Turkey. We were able to see a lot in Istanbul but realize we also have missed a lot. It is a city so full of history and mementoes of the past one could spend weeks exploring instead of the three days we had. We transferred to a bus at Kayseri and headed to our hotel but it took us eight hours to make the 30 minute trip with all OAT,’s had planned out for us to do & see. We believe that no mater how much you study and research the Cappadocia area...

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Sep 30, 2011 - A household with four generations of women

This entry was written after we returned from the trip. The event occurred on September 16: The tour group stopped for lunch with a Turkish family (we are still in Mustafapasha). We enter a courtyard that connects at least three small buildings that make up this household. As we enter the room where we will be introduced to our hosts and offered lunch, we take off our shoes (a custom in Turkey that is observed by all) and find places to sit on the carpeted floor as well as on cushioned couches that are set against the wall and form a...

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Sep 29, 2011 - The town built around cave dwellings

This entry was written after we returned from the trip. The event occurred on September 16: Cappadocia is known for its unique geographic features. A volcanic rock layer lies atop sandstone. Over millions of years erosion has dotted the landscape with stone structures that are cone shaped. Because of the sandstone composition, it was easy for early peoples to carve dwellings into the stone. The area was used by a number of civilizations for protection. The Hittites would hide from the Assyrians during their invasions, Christians would hide...

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Sep 28, 2011 - The weaving woman and her three children

This entry was written after we returned from the trip. The event occurred on September 16: It is not by chance that the tour group drops by and visits a local family. The tour guide, for certain, has made prior arrangements with the families to expect us, and the family is also provided compensation for extending their hospitality. This is not to say, however, that the encounters we have with the local residents are staged. During our walking tour of Sinassos, we drop by a family that has just recently been in contact with the tour...

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Sep 26, 2011 - The sad story of the town of Sinassos

This entry was written after we returned from the trip. We visited the town of Sinassos on September 16: The town of Sinassos is very close to where we are staying in Mustafapasha, Cappodocia. Turkey has always been extremely ethnically diverse, mainly due to its location as a land crossing from east-to-west as well as north-to-south between Europe and Asia. Prior to the 1920s, this area was heavily populated by an ethnic Greek population. (There were corresponding minority groups in Greece at the time, primarily ethnic Turks living in...

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