Capadocia Journals

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An August 2002 trip to Capadocia by isewell

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Quote: Capadoccia is my fondest memory of Turkey. "The Valley of Fairy Chimneys" is truly like something out of a dream. The area is sprinkled with these giant finger-like rock formations that have been dug out and inhabited. There is a lot of hiking, sightseeing, and relaxing here.

You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike

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- Our hike through the Rose Valley at sunset was unforgettable. - The underground city, while not for the claustrophobic, is also a unique worthwhile experience. - Hot Air Balloon rides are apparently fantastic, but are still very pricy. Be sure to go with a reptuable company. - Having dinner looking out over the sun setting on this amazing natural landscape while drinking Capadoccian wine was a great experience. Quick Tips: - We stayed in Goreme, which is the biggest town in the area, and a backpacker's paradise. Cheap, amazingly unique hotels, great food, and lots to do. - If you're going to go on a hike and don't have time to get lost, go on an organized ...Read More

Wyndham Kingsgate

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Hotel | "Kelebek Pension"

Wyndham Kingsgate Photo, Williamsburg, Virginia
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We stayed in the Kelebek Pension. It's about a 10 minute walk uphill from the otogar. For US$15, we stayed in a "fairy chimney room". Our room was literally a cave inside a huge rock - complete with a private shower! It was simply one of the most unforgettable hotels we've ever been to. It was clean, the staff were extremely kind and honest. We ate dinner at the hotel, with a magnificent view over the valley. The dinner was very good, and although expensive for Turkey, was very convenient, This hotel is not alone in offering these sorts of amenities at this price point, so don't worry if it's full. There is an accomodations office right beside the bus s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 18, 2002

Wyndham Kingsgate
619 Georgetown Crescent
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 220-5702

Goreme Open Air Museum

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Attraction | "Goreme Open Air Musem"

Goreme Open Air Museum Photo, Goreme, Turkey
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The first thing we hit in the morning was the Goreme Open Air Museum, which is a collection of ancient cave dwellings just outside the main town (2 km, and a beautiful walk!). It is best to get there early in the morning, before the tour buses hit. A lot of these caves are very small, and so only a limited number of people are allowed in at a time. Inside the caves are a lot of churches, as well as other rooms. The churches have some beautiful frescoes. It is a good instant introduction to the fairy chimneys and churches of the area. Tour guides will give you detailed information of what is pictured in the frescoes, but we were more interested in just exploring the rooms ourselves at our o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2002

Goreme Open Air Museum
1 Mile Outside Goreme
Goreme, Turkey

Kaymakli Underground City

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Kaymakli Underground City Photo, Cappadocia, Turkey
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Next up was the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli. This is not for the claustrophobic! These underground cities span up to 8 floors underground, with windy tunnels leading through them. Bring a flashlight in case the generator-powered lights go out. Some of the tunnels are very narrow with very low ceilings, so be prepared to end up doing a lot of crouching. The tunnels were used as an escape city when the cities were attacked above ground. You will see a giant circular rock that they used to roll into place to shut off the city from the invaders. It is thought that tunnels used to connect all of the houses in the town to this underground network. Everything they needed ...Read More

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Kaymakli Underground City
19 Km From Nevsehir
Nevsehir, Cappadocia

Rose Valley

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Attraction | "Rose Valley Hike"

Rose Valley Photo, Cappadocia, Turkey
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Our final activity that day (we really pack them in) was a guided hike through the Rose Valley offered by the hotel. Little did we know what we were getting into. The hike into the valley involved started off with jumping over a few ridges, sliding down a few slopes - we got dirty, but everything was ok. Until the guide took out a long stretch of rope from his backpack! We were going to have to repel down a rockface to the valley floor. We weren't exactly warned about this, as my wife has a fear of heights. Luckily, the guide knew another way down into the valley (through one of the old cave-houses, spectacular in itself!). We finally made it into the valley, and could concentrate on th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 18, 2002

Rose Valley

Cappadocia