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Sep 26, 2011 - On the road to Mustafapasha

This entry was written after we returned from the trip. The event occurred on September 15: After our visit to the Ataturk mausoleum, the group returned to the bus and we drove three hours to an area of central Turkey called Cappadocia. During the drive we got a chance to see the landscape of central Turkey. The territory is high-plains with rolling hills, very prairie-like, reminding me of terrain of South Dakota. Like the Dakotas, half of Turkey is cultivated fields of grain while more remote territory is too dry for farming and is use...

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Sep 17, 2011 - Day at the market, and much more

After the baloon ride, Bill went on a hike (no pictures) and Robin took the camera to capture glimpses of the local farmers' market. The farmer's market took up about 3 football fields. People are allowed, and expected, to taste before buying (see the woman dipping her finger in the tomato paste)and then bargain the price. The tobacco sellers would not tell me (a woman) the price of tobacco. You could buy it loose or pre-rolled. We cannot remember seeing a single Turkish woman smoking in Turkey. In the afternoon we visited the Underground...

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Jun 8, 2011 - Cappadocia - Turkey

Cappadocia, the land of Fairy Chimmneys and undergroun cities. Some of the sites here were astonishing. The land had been shaped over millions of years by volcanoes, snow and rain. Many hotles, restaurants and shops are built into caves with onoly the front of the establishements visible. Many people in this area today (mainly farmers) still live in the caves without power or heating. We spent time using our imagination guessing what each fairy chimmney looked like. Look at the photos and i am sure you will guess what Tess kept...

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Tess and Jono 2011

May 3, 2011 - Cappadocia

No leisurely start today we were up at 5:45am to be ready in time to get the pickup for a balloon ride over the fairy towers of Cappadocia. Pickup was at 6:10 and we wanted to get a bite to eat before pickup as it was tow hours before we would get back. We reached reception and were told that pickup was now 6:40 and we though bugger we could have had another half hour sleep in. At 6:30 we were told the balloon flight had been cancelled due to the wind increasing making landing unsafe. Pity we were all rather excited at the prospect since...

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May 1, 2011 - Adana to Cappadocia

We were allowed a more leisurely start today which was good to an extent although now being in a routine we got up at the same time anyway. The first stop was the well of St Paul in Tarsus. This is the city where St Paul was supposed to be born and he lived there for some time and the well we were visiting was reputed to be used by him. We will also check this with Heather. Being a well there is not much to see but the site was interesting all the same even though Bev was off photographing flowers and did not get into the history of it...

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Oct 8, 2010 - Kappadokien (Goereme & Umgebung)

1 Woche Kappadokien - im Maerchenland der Tuerkei. Wir wohnten selbst in einer ehem. bzyantinischen Hoehlenkirche aus dem 10. Jhdt., bewanderten die atemberaubend schoene, einmalige Landschaft in der Umgebung unsres Ausgangs- und Wohnortes Goereme, hatten einmal unerwarteten Neuschnee, besuchten unterirdische Staedte und genossen das gesunde und abwechslungsreiche tuerkische Essen und die hervorragende Gastfreundschaft. Sicherlich eines der Highlights der bisherigen Reise - Kappadokien.

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Sep 17, 2010 - Last day in Cappadocia

A very long day, but a wonderful one. Started out with a 2 hour hike in the Red Canyon. Yes, I went hiking. Stop laughing. This is the kind of place you wouldn't be able to go into in the US - the terrain is too hazardous, and we are too litigious, but here you just pay your 1.5 TL (about 80 cents) and best of luck to you. I almost opted out, because of my inability to walk without tripping and frequent falling, but I went and it was amazing. Very steep, narrow downhill path with lots of loose gravel made for some interesting moments, and...

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Debra's 2010 Trip

Sep 16, 2010 - Ballooning over Cappadocia

A once in a lifetime experience. We went in the second sortie, which means we got to sleep until 6. Since I didn’t get to bed until after 2, I was happy for the time. Then to the balloon place and out to the balloons. When the balloon was inflated (hot air being blown from a huge gas driven fan) enough to stand up over the basket, we climbed in. Two footholds cut out of the basket, one on each side. You put your foot in one, swing your leg over and kind of fall in. Like getting on a horse without the horse. Once everyone is in, the huge gas...

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Debra's 2010 Trip

Sep 16, 2010 - No cats in Cappadocia

The dogs seem to have taken the place of the cats. They wander freely, are friendly and fearless, make me clutch up because I want them all neutered and in a dog park if off leash. Not sure they recognize the whole leash concept. So, after the balloon ride that may be the most wonderful thing I've done, where do you go? To visit cave houses of course. You've seen them from the air, so let's go visit them. We visited Zelve, a cave settlement that was occupied until 1952, when it was abandoned because of rockfalls and cave collapse due to...

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Debra's 2010 Trip

Apr 10, 2010 - Day 10 Around Cappadocia

Day 10 - Cappadocia And Area We had a little bit of a later start today, because some people wanted to do the hot air ballooning (they booked them independently), which is a famous way to see this magnificent landscape. They had an early start though, as they were picked up a the hotel at 5:30 am, so the operators could figure out a place to launch, inflate the balloons, and take the ride, which lasts about an hour, before the winds pick up. They are back around 8:00 am, so Aydin said that we would leave shortly after 9:00 am so they would...

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Apr 9, 2010 - Day 9 Konya to Cappadocia

Day 9 - Konya to Cappadocia Breakfast in the huge dining room was very busy again, like dinner the previous night. It seems all the tour groups go down at the same time. The bus was back on the road again today at 8:00 am for our drive to the Cappadocia region, which is famous for the cave dwellings and the “fairy tale chimneys” created from the erosion of volcanic ash into conical formations. The first part of our drive, though, was pretty monotonous, through very flat landscape with hardly any trees. There were some fields of crops,...

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Sep 26, 2009 - Cappadocia, land of Suess

Cappadocia is a spectacular wonder of both natural and man made rock terrain in central Turkey. Those of you who have been there know that photos and words can not do justice to what is seen, and those of you who have not seen this place would see my description as hyperbole. Most of us have been in caves, large ones, small ones, deep ones, but to be in a man made cave city, a cave city that housed more than 20 000 people, and that this cave is 1 of 43...and those are just the underground caves, well it is just too much really, so I will...

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