Fairy Chimneys

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Horsey!

Originally all I wanted from Turkey was beautiful architecture in Istanbul and then to soak up some of that famous beach time.  But after hanging around the capital for awhile and seeing all the backpackers I thought about my plan a little more.  It's not that I don't like backpackers, or hostels, it's just that I've travelled so long and so much that I don't always enjoy having the exact same conversation but at a different hostel every night with new people.  I realized I wanted something more from Turkey...too bad I didn't know what it had to offer...

That's where the travel agent at our hostel came in.  He was really helpful and stuck to our budget and gave us great suggestions.

it's lovely isn't it?
  We decided on Cappodocia and the Ephesus with a day at Hierapolis/Pamukkale.  And I'm sso happy that we did that!  It ended up being way more fun that sitting on the beach all day.

Cappodocia (Land of the Beautiful Horses) is a 13 hour bus ride from Istanbul.  That's really long.  And the bus had no bathroom.  Still baffles my mind that one.  There are a bunch of towns that you can stay in and we picked one of the smaller ones- Urgup.  We also sprung a little extra for an actual hotel...so nice!  TV and private shower and amazing bedsheets. 

This is where the landscape looks like nothing I've ever seen before.  The rocks just push out of the ground but the scenery in the valley seemed to go on forever.

inside one of the ancient churches- it's natural darkness keeps the paint preserved...
  The weather was crystal clear and the days were warm and sunny.  It was perfect. 

I don't remember how the fairy chimneys were made but they are a geological marvel (at least to me).  Maybe it had somehting to so with soft rock and high wind/water...sounds familiar.  As part of the travel package we designed we had two day trips and one free day.  Unfortunantly our first day trip was right after we got off the 13 hour bus.  We were dropped off at a central point and a minivan picked us up and took us to our hotel.  We rushed through our showers and into new clothes and then ran to our new minibus for our day trip. 

Underground cities, original curches, farmlands...  We had some easy hiking/walking and beebopped between all the sites.

Yay!
  Did you know that the birthplace of Christian communities is here in Turkey?  They developed many of philosophies about their faith that still ring true today.  Many famous saints preached and lived here.  And turquoise- I don't think it comes from this part of Turkey but you sure can buy it here (god bless tourism).  One more cool fact- the word for turquoise is almost the same in loads of languages...and they are all based on the Turkish word for the same stone.

And there's wine.  Lovely wine.  Grapes all over.  Great grapes.  Great wine.  Great food (you must have the tiny raviolli with sour cream).  Great area.  I would go back in a heatbeat.

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Horsey!
Horsey!
its lovely isnt it?
it's lovely isn't it?
inside one of the ancient churches…
inside one of the ancient churche…
Yay!
Yay!
houses cut into the rocks
houses cut into the rocks
me and Ryan
me and Ryan
Church cut into the rock
Church cut into the rock
mushrooms?
mushrooms?
and crazy looking
and crazy looking
a house in the rocks
a house in the rocks
the lady in the corner is farming!…
the lady in the corner is farming…
Underground city
Underground city
sunset
sunset
Urgup
photo by: spocklogic