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Oct 8, 2016 - Kapodokya

We are still ‘stranded’ here in Antalya, so I wrote to the Captain at lunchtime on Friday to see if we were working again this weekend and if not, could I go up to the central Anatolian area where I had heard about a place worth seeing... The Captain writes back that we are working on Saturday and would get back to me. Just after 1pm on Saturday he had enough of the shipyards excuses and told us all to go home and was I still thinking of heading off. Yes, if I can find a hire care... outta here! One of the other girls on board was going to...

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May 9, 2015 - Goreme, Cappadocia

Moving further into the heart of Turkey, we stop in Aksaray at Sultanhami Caravanserai, a structure made in 1229 to service travellers along the silk road. Inside, there is a fountain, places to tie up animals, lodging and other services for visitors. Oil lamps line the walls. From here we explore more of Cappadocia than we were able to see on our ill-fated overlander in 2008; our truck made it from Aleppo, Syria, to Goreme and then froze amidst the snow and ice. Gavin (our driver) and Ryan (our "tea maker") valiantly attempted to get it...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Goreme

This was our last day of cycling and we were due to ride some of the dirt roads and single tracks around the valleys near to Goreme. Unfortunately though, Gel has succumbed to some stomach bug and was unable to join in and so Linda and I opted to cycle more single tracks. I have to say this produced one of the most memorable riding days yet and this whole holiday has been a natural progression from relative beginner on mountain bike techniques to an ability and nerve that I never knew I was capable of. Our last run in the afternoon, Zemi...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Mustafapasa to Goreme

After leaving Mustafapasa we headed for a very pretty valley, called Gomeda, in which we stopped and took a short walk along the valley. We then climbed our way along dirt tracks until we came to a place called Ibrahimpasa where we stopped for a cup of tea. More off roading with some slightly more technical bits and stunning views, brought us to Uchisar. This has a tall rock which is the most prominent point in the area, called the Castle, and overlooks a beautiful valley called the Pigeon Valley. Uchisar is made up of old and new sections,...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Göreme Green Tour

Today we were picked up at 9:15 to go on a “Green Tour” with Yama Tours (booked for us by our camp manager). We went to the company base where we met our guide Inçi, and the three others who would be with us; a couple from Hong Kong (Paul and Candy) and Lesley from NZ! Lesley is a physiotherapist at North Shore Hospital and lives in Morton Ave which is a stone’s throw from us in Campbells Bay. What a small world we live in. Our first stop was at Panorama viewing area on the other side of Göreme. It gave quite a different perspective and we...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Göreme Open Air Museum

This afternoon we visited the Göreme Open Air Museum which was 10mins walk down the road from Kaya Camping. Entrance fee was 15 TL each which we felt was excellent value; this included the Buckle Church outside the complex on the other side of the road but did not include entrance to the Dark Church within the complex which was an extra 8 TL per person. The Museum is easily covered in two hours and includes several different churches which date back to 10th, 11th and 12th centuries.

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Jun 16, 2013 - Balloon flight over Cappadocia

The alarm went at 4:15am! This was a bit of a shock for us who were both struggling to remember the last time we had got up at this hour deliberately. We got ready and headed to the camp gate to be picked up at 4.40 by Kaya Balloons. From there it was a short drive down the road to a large area where the balloon flight was to take off. We were offered tea or coffee with bread and biscuits while we watched the balloons being prepared. At around 5:30am we got airborne and started our 60min flight in one of the world’s best locations for...

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Jun 15, 2013 - Göreme

Today we explored Aynali Church which is opposite our campground. The charge was 5 TL each and we were given torches. We realised why when we had to crouch or crawl through dark passages linking upper rooms with the church and monastery below. We marvelled at the engineering of the excavated spaces and the large stones carved in-situ which were intended to be rolled to protect against invaders. The decorations in the church are 1200 years old and original; no restoration has been done. We were offered çay by the custodian which we shared...

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Jun 14, 2013 - Göreme, Cappadocia (and Paxton's first birthday!)

We loved it so much at Atçakil Camping that we stayed for four nights instead of our intended two! The water was just gorgeous and we swam before breakfast and several times during the day. One day we were out at the moored platform; Sue was in the water and David standing on the raft when he saw a turtle swimming a few yards away. It popped its head up and saw me, then dived. A cool experience! We only walked as far as the point one day, and under the motorway to take a look at the little village there. The rest of the time we were very...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Intrepid Turkey trip No. 2

Pamukkale has a hillside of intricate, white saucer-shaped terraces made from limestone that wind down the mountain. After removing  your shoes, you are allowed to wander around  it.  A Hierapolis ruins founded round 190 BC sits at the top of the hill, and the mineral waters were used back then in a cure center.  The city was abandoned after a major earthquake in 1334,  but parts are  currently being excavated and restored.   We lingered up at the terraces with a bottle of  the local fruit wine to enjoy the sunset. Kayakoy  Village is a...

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May 28, 2012 - 25 to 28 May Goreme, Cappadocia

Friday 25/5/12 Goreme, Cappadoccia The bus pulled into Nevisehir at 9.30. In spite of sitting 16 ½ hrs on the bus, we felt pretty good. Got the bikes put together quickly, said our goodbyes to the bus crew and had a coffee before setting off to Goreme, 12 ks. Felt the drop in temperature, only about 15C and clear and sunny, we are now about 1000m above sea level. Could see several snow capped cone shaped volcanoes, many kilometres apart. Nickie was wearing her wet weather gear for warmth but ½ wayup the first hill , it was stripped off....

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May 20, 2012 - Antalya....Cappadoce (Goreme)

Merhaba! Antalya, la dernière ville sur la côte avant d’entrer dans les montagnes de Cappadoce. Alors on peut ranger le costume de bain et sortir un bon chandail pour les nuits. Je crois que ça faisait au moins 20 ans que je n’avais pas eu de démarcation de mon costume de bain sur le corps. Antalya, c’est une ville qui a explosée dans les 5 dernières années pour atteindre aujourd’hui plus du million d’habitants. Donc c’est une ville moderne, bien située sur la côte méditerranéenne, qui en fait une ville prisée pour les vacances d’été des...

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