Reporting live, from the moon.
Cappadocia Travel Blog› entry 129 of 251 › view all entries
July 2nd, 2008 – by: cmgervais
The day got a pre-start at 4:30am. I woke up and noticed things were looking a little pink. Popped my head up andâ€¦whoa! thatâ€™s a nice sunrise. So I staggered out of bed to take a picture. Unfortunately it was a 4-second exposure, which doesnâ€™t work well when youâ€™re holding the camera. I didnâ€™t think to try again, as I was half asleep. Maybe I will get a better one tomorrow.
I then tried my hardest to sleep in, but the best I could do was 6am. It was so bright out, with birds chirping like crazy, I just had to get up and start the day.
After breakfast we hopped in our car for our first activity, a visit to the man-made caves of the Goreme Open Air Museum (10TYL entrance fee), which is only about 2 miles from the hotel. This large valley area is filled with hundreds of cave dwellings and churches (the oldest is from the 4th century), some with frescoes that date back to the 8th century. We explored for about an hour, sharing the site with a few tour groups. It was sunny out, and very dry. The breeze kept us very comfortable -- the weather here is just terrific. It was a good visit.
We then headed back to our town of Uchisar for lunch at Center Restaurant.
After a little break back in our wonderful room, we set off again for a hike in the Rose Valley. We found this without a problem, thanks to detailed instructions from the front desk lady, and good signs along the way. Rose Valley is a popular destination for sunset viewing, and we had to pay 6TYL to get into the main parking area. There were only a couple other cars there. We set off on one of the well-marked paths.
How can I describe Rose Valley? Itâ€™s like the Badlands of South Dakota grafted onto Canyonlands of Utah, re-interpreted by Dr Suess.
We walked in for about 90 minutes, hoping to find the perfect sunset-viewing area. Along the way we saw only a few other people, and most of the time it was eerily quiet. Then we turned back and hiked back another hour, not wanting to get stuck too far from the car after sunset (no street lamps there!). We ended up at a place high up, somewhere in between the Rose Valley and the Red Valley, and we had it all to ourselves for the sunset.
It was 9pm when we got back to them room. We had a nice candlelit picnic dinner of white wine, peanut butter sandwiches, and olives (yes, I agree that is weird) on our balcony before I crashed from sheer exhaustion. Moon walking is damn hard work!
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