December 19th, 2008 – by: siobhanmccomb
From Urfa we took a trip to Nemhrut Daghi. The tumulus that was built for a king with a sculpture of him amongst his ancestors the gods (no ego here). The heads of the sculputes are now on the ground and it is an impressive sight. Our trip up to the tumulus was quite entertaining. The car that we were in was not well suited for the journey up the mountain. It was not long before comparisons were made between it and the Anti-Christ (the car in the Gods Must be Crazy). It was met with a great deal of laughter when the driver pulled out a coke bottle to fix the problem. The car was overheating so the guys got out and walked and the driver attached a 2L bottle filled with water which had a hole in it to the front of the car. This miraculously kept the car cool enough to make it up the hill.
Luckily the others were picked up on their way up as it looked like our guide would not have made it otherwise.
The last stop before heading back to Istanbul
was Cappadocia. The cave monastery and underground city were both very impressive. The highlight was the hot air balloon ride at sunrise. It was pricey but definitely worth it. The entire region is gorgeous. If I were to do this again I would get my own transportation as all the tour groups go to the sights at the same time. People who had gone to the underground city during the afternoon had a much better experience as they ran into very few other people. In contrast we could barely move.