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May 20, 2013 - Cappadocia Last Day of Classic Journeys Tour

May 20 While we do not have to get up really early today, we have a packed day ahead of us that will take us to a Turkish carpet emporium, the underground city and then a flight back to Istanbul. Breakfast is at the hotel and we have our luggage outside our door. Our driver, Mustafa, has a separate van to transport the luggage to the airport and we board the tour van with him at the wheel. We have bonded with this jovial driver and will miss him. We arrive at the carpet weaving studio and carpet shop just after 10AM and our congenial...

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May 19, 2013 - Cappadocia Rose Valley Hike, Mustafa Lunch, Whirling Dervish

May 19 Part 2 What a day! We had it all in front of us since we got up so early for the balloon. Now down to earth, we do a hike through the Rose Valley which is a challenge with its very steep and slippery (due to small stones) trails. Yasemin, our guide, is a naturalist and has written a book on the flowers of Turkey. She is in her element with the glorious blooms we encounter. But it is the rock formations that we enter that prove fascinating. One is a church with wonderful acoustics where we burst out in song which echoes through the...

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May 19, 2013 - Cappadocia and the Hot Air Balloon

May 19 It's another early (4:30AM) wake up call, since hot air balloons rise at dawn and we can't be late. As we traveled down the winding road to the valley, we saw balloons all over the place! A few were rising into the chill morning air as we approached our Voyager Company launch site. The balloons are first pumped with air from powerful fans and then the propane fire is blasted up into the balloon that is on its side. As the air is heated in the envelope of the balloon, it begins to rise from the ground and we are given the word to...

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May 18, 2013 - Cappadocia and the Cave Dwellings

May 18 It's an early (5AM) wake up call, for today we leave Kusadasi and fly to Kayseri (via Istanbul). Kayseri is the capital of Cappadocia. Turkish Air is right on time and after a quick stop for lunch and a chance to change into exploring clothes, we begin to take in this fantastic countryside. As we drive to our hotel, we stop along the way to see formations created by the erosion of the tuff from vast volcanic deposits. The volcano looms in the distance and dominates the landscape. Each outcropping is pockmarked with cave dwellings...

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Mar 14, 2008 - Kayseri, Turkey

It wasn't easy, but we finally made it to Turkey! We had planned to catch a 3-hr bus to Anataka (Turkey) from northern Syria. We thought we had gotten a really great deal on the ticket, until we found out that our ticket was for Latakia (still in Syria)! These are the things you just have to laugh about! Our first stop was Capadoccia and the town of Kayseri to stay with Murat, another "CouchSurfing" contact. He was an amazing host, picking us up at the bus station and welcoming us into his home, taking time off work to tour us around and...

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Nov 25, 2006 - Kayseri, Turkey

We felt much better after a good night sleep and were ready to tour. We took an hour flight to Kayseri from İstanbul and arrived to much cooler weather. We met a really nice fellow on the plane who was visiting family for the weekend and was meeting his potential bride. His family was concerned that he was living in İstanbul alone and was arranging his marrıage, which we are told ıs less common these days. We got in a van and headed for the Cappadocıa region (1 hour). The details and photos will be added in another entry soon....

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Jun 12, 2006 - Goreme, Food

We have had our first 'tummy rumbles'. We think it's the change to a spicier diet, rather than any food hygiene issues; we have been very careful about where we eat. But what food ! There is an abundance of fresh produce and a rich culinary tradition reflecting their origins in the Central Asian steepes, expanded by Persian and Ottoman rulers and today happily serving Balkan style grills, desserts from Greece and dishes full of Arabic spices. We eat simply, usually in lokanta or restorans but are often surprised by what appears. To overcome...

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Apr 27, 2006 - Kayseri

AM Esta mañana he llegado a Kayseri en bus desde Goreme. Por la noche salgo en bus nocturno (la que me espera!!!) para Dogubayazit en pleno Kurdistan. Como tengo unas cuantas horas que pasar en esta ciudad me voy a ver unos monumentos de la epoca Seljuk y a hacer shopping. Primera observacion. Ya no estamos en territorio de turistas. Y se nota. Las turcas visten al estilo islamista con sus pañuelos y sus gabanes y los turcos tienen los bigotes mas grandes. PM Ya he visto los monumentos. Efectivamente, de la epoca Seljuk. Que es es esto?...

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Mar 3, 2006 - i surrendered to a carpet dealer ın kayseri!

dear nader, i don't know what happened, what came over me, but i caved in and bought a kilim (smallish rug)! i was visiting kayseri, which may have some of the more impressive market infrastructure in this country btw, & i was literally the only 'tourist' there. no joke. as a result, i was swamped with warm invitations from carpet dealers. it's been a little alarming how few touts are around & those that are have a very pleasant non-agressive approach. in addition the carpet dealers in these parts have 0 business. not a bit, & they have to...

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Jul 21, 2005 - Into the rabbit hole

Had Timothy Leary been borne of Cappadocia, he may have eschewed a life indulgent of psychadelics as the trippy landscape of this central Turkish region would have kept his mind in a persistent state of bizarre visuals all by itself. As it was, I could have just as easily been joined by a Alice and a large white rabbit as much as by James and Michelle as we set off to explore the numerous canyons filled with volcanic tufts in the forms of giant mushrooms (or large penises, depending upon one's perspective) and fairy chimneys. The Hittites,...

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Jul 2, 2005 - Cappadocia hot air baloon ride.

Patty and I decided to splurge one day and we took a hot air baloon ride for which Cappadocia is famous. It was well worth it. We woke up around 5 am and the nice folks at the hostal were going to watch Annika if she woke up before we got back. We ended up being out longer than we thought, but Annika was is great hands. She woke up fine, went on some errands with the workers, and met people in the courtyard. The baloon ride was fantastic. They fly you over many of the valleys and towns in the area.

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May 15, 2005 - Greetings from Cappadocia

Well everyone, our itinerary has been so jammed packed that we really haven't had time to update our website like we would have liked. Tonight is our first night in Cappodcia. Istanbul was a whirlwind of activity. We were gone early in the morning until late at night. Both Sue and I are amazed at what a cosmopolitan city Istanbul is. We see more women in headscarves in Vancouver than we saw in Istanbul. The history of the city is unbelievable. We visited the highlights - the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, a textile and...

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