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Flintstone Cave Hotel

As a child my father would pick up my older sister and I when we lived in Colorado and drive us to Minnesota for the summer break.  On the way there we'd stop in South Dakota to take in such sights as the Black Hills - the Corn Palace - or sometimes Flintstone Land which was my personal favorite.  Well long before the cartoon and the amusement park there was and still is Goreme Turkey.  This region is literally a town of caves that are still occupied by the townspeople and work well for the tourist trade.  My choice of accomodations while here was easy:  Flintstone Cave Hotel!  Fred Flintstone greets you as you arrive and I am literally sleeping in a cave. 

The bus ride here was largely uneventful and only required three rather than four buses.

My cave
  They do tend to require constant cleansing on the buses here as they pour this strong smelling disinfectant type stuff on you that you are supposed to rub on your hands and face.  This bus attendant was particularly dilligent in this regard so the smell was a bit much after a while.  Their choice of pit stops was interesting with the first one home to some of the worst figurines (I thought about my older sister's collection) but if that didn't suit you there were handguns available.  After deciding to head back to the bus for another try at sleep I heard a few gun shots.  Someone was actually out there trying these guns out at about 1 a.m. 

Anyway I arrived about 5 a.m. and as is Turkish custom a guy at the otogar called my hotel and I got a ride there but this time no motorbike.

Goreme landscape
  I grabbed some better sleep in my cave and then awoke to check in and check this place out. 

Goreme has an open air museum that is really a bunch of churches built inside caves.  It is interesting to see Christianity in the heart of Turkey given this country is 99% Muslim.  Some of these churches date to early 2nd century and others mid 12th century - late 13th.  Most of the frescoes of Jesus - the Last Supper and the like inside these churches were faded except in the "Dark Church" that had a small window allowing little light in and thus preserving the colors better.  I almost didn't enter this one due to the extra charge but a couple talked me into and I guess the extra 5 Lira was worth it. 

On the walk back I managed to snag my third or fourth date offer so far since I've been in Turkey (for the curious I've been turning them down).

Fairy Chimneys (not sure the origin of the name)
  One of the shop owners lining the walk to the museum called out asking if I was from New Zealand.  Everyone here thinks I am either an Aussie or a Kiwi because of my blonde hair and blue eyes (especially my eyes that seem to mesmerize some men).  I assured him that Americans have blue eyes as well while drinking cup of apple tea #20 or so (it is rude to refuse such offers and I've had many from shop owners).  The rain was bearing down so I hurried off thinking if need be I can jump in a cave along the way.  They are all over town.  Luckily this Internet cafe was nearby. 

Tonight I plan to find my adopt-a-boyfrıend from the boat who made his way here a day ahead of me and maybe check out one of the so-called "Turkish nights" that includes Whirling Dervishes (religious dance) along with some belly dancing and lots of food and drink. 

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Flintstone Cave Hotel
Flintstone Cave Hotel
My cave
My cave
Goreme landscape
Goreme landscape
Fairy Chimneys (not sure the origi…
Fairy Chimneys (not sure the orig…
Caves along the walk to the museum
Caves along the walk to the museum
Open Air Museum churches
Open Air Museum churches
Monastery inside the Open Air Muse…
Monastery inside the Open Air Mus…
Passageway to the Dark Church
Passageway to the Dark Church
Inside one chapel (I snuck a pic)
Inside one chapel (I snuck a pic)
Supper table inside one of the cav…
Supper table inside one of the ca…
Floor graves - given the size of t…
Floor graves - given the size of …
Kitchen - dining hall
Kitchen - dining hall
If you havent had your fill of ch…
If you haven't had your fill of c…
Ugly figurines at pit stop
Ugly figurines at pit stop
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