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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.
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 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).
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.