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The Cappadocia Checklist

An April 2007 trip to Goreme by sirverity

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Quote: A visit to the surreal landscape of Central Anatolia

The Cappadocia Checklist

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Overview

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From a Persian term meaning “Land of Beautiful Horses”, Cappadocia is not one town but rather a region etched into an otherwise unremarkable plateau in central Turkey. It was in this general neighborhood that the ancient Hittites thrived, paving the way for a unique collaboration between man and nature that is still in effect today.The main draw for visitors to Cappadocia is the opportunity to see its surreal landscape of eroded valleys and protruding 'fairy chimneys' up close. After winding through what looks like a set for a science fiction movie or role playing game, visitors can literally hole up for the night in one of many cave hotels where local entrepeneurs have converted former trog...Read More

The Hotel Elkep Evi

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Hotel

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For anyone staying in the Cappadocia area of Turkey, the best way to really experience the flavor of this surreal region is to stay in an authentic cave hotel. Among cave hotels, the Hotel Elkep Evi, in the town of Urgup, is a stellar blend of comfort, value, and authenticity.Starting at about $85 a night, the Elkep Evi is considered a high-end property for the region, though I would be have been willing to pay much more for the wonderful experience we had here. Naturally, I discreetly neglected to mention this to the booking agent. Carved directly into the mountain, there are commanding views of the surrounding plains, though the views on-site are a worthy distraction. Coming into...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2008

Goreme Open Air Museum Photo, Goreme, Turkey
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Generally speaking, if a location is selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is well worth seeing. That principal holds true in the case of the Goreme Open Air Museum in the Cappadocia region of central Turkey. Sure, there are aspects of value in both the historic and religoius sense. However it is the overall experience and architecture that really steals the show.This cluster of honeycombed hills was once a stronghold of early Christianity, as is evidenced by numerous chapels, churches, and monasteries with frescoes dating back to the 9th century. Here, the landscape has been sculpted by more than just the elements. In seemingly all directions are the remains of troglodyte dwellings he...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2008

Goreme Open Air Museum
1 Mile Outside Goreme
Goreme, Turkey

Hot Air Ballooning

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Attraction

Moonbase Photo, Goreme, Turkey
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For a clear perspective of the uniqueness of Cappadocia, one must rise above the jungle of rock and take in the surreal landscape by hot air balloon. Is it expensive? Well, at about $200 per person and rising from there--pun intended--yes, but those who have indulged in an hour or so drift across this moonscape are hardly quibbling over pennies when they finally touch down. Instead you’ll hear excited chatter of how they altered between skimming the edge of impossibly sculpted canyons and surveying the heart of Central Anatolia from way up on high, where even the rest of the daily balloon armada appears as mere drops of color amongst undulating waves of earth-tones.As this was my first time ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2008

The Fairy Chimneys

Attraction

I'm Not Compensating! Photo, Goreme, Turkey
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One of the most widespread and recognizable features of the Cappadocia region are the so-called "fairy chimneys". Over the millennia, a combination of wind, rain, and temperature changes caused the underlying tuff to erode while the denser upper layer of volcanic rock remained intact. The result is a Dali-like dreamscape of cones and pillars that wouldn’t look out of place with a melting clock or two draped across them. Though the sizes and shapes vary widely, political correctness and good taste aside, these towering shafts of rock topped with mushroom-shaped peaks challenge even the most Puritan among us not to giggle while winding through what is essentially valleys full of upright phallus....Read More

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