Cappadocia: JOSTLING FOR A BALLOON SEAT (17)

One of the top tourist attractions in Cappadocia Turkey is by far a hot air balloon ride over this magical place. It gives the unforgettable view towards the whole region of Cappadocia. As you take off for sunrise, you will be hypnotized by that astonishing landscape below – fairy chimneys, orchards and vineyards. Standard flight … Continue reading Cappadocia: JOSTLING FOR A BALLOON SEAT (17)

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Cappadocia: LOVE VALLEY AND SAINT SIMEON’S ROOM (16)

The area of Pasabag or Pasabaglari, popularly known as the Love Valley, hosts the most beautiful chimneys which can reach up to 15 to 20 meters in heights. They often come multi-coned and you can see two or three of them coalesced into one formation. The valley is 4 kilometers long. St Simeon’s seclusion room Following … Continue reading Cappadocia: LOVE VALLEY AND SAINT SIMEON’S ROOM (16)

Cappadocia: CARRYING RUG HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD (15)

The town of Avanos had another craft it was famous for and it’s well worth a visit. We were told it was possible to tour round one of the carpet weaving stores, the so called carpet factory. Every time you travel to the Orient you will be offered to buy a carpet, „hand-weaved in large … Continue reading Cappadocia: CARRYING RUG HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD (15)

Cappadocia: FORERUNNER OF A MODERN BUILDING (14)

Cappadocia is truly hard to describe. Luckily, there are cameras, because every attempt to describe those small houses – which they actually are not, and which are build by hewing much needed premises into mountain – would be a certain venture. Low ceilings, few rooms separated by pillars and all you can see from outside … Continue reading Cappadocia: FORERUNNER OF A MODERN BUILDING (14)

Cappadocia: SPINNING THE WHEEL OF POTTERY (13)

The town of Avanos is located 15 kilometers from Nevsehir. In antiquity the place was called Vanessa, which is „the town on the river“ in Latin. People here made ceramic objects, pitchers, plates, large jars and other household utensils. Today, the locals still carry out this ancient tradition and the town is famous for terracotta … Continue reading Cappadocia: SPINNING THE WHEEL OF POTTERY (13)

Cappadocia: JESUS HOLDING THE APPLE (12)

Coming towards Goreme signs of tourism are to be seen more often. Stalls with postcards, small souvenir statues, scarves, frippery of all kind and among all this – Turkish ice cream. We went up the hill from which the fairy chimneys peek out, full of holes as if they were invaded by ants. But here, … Continue reading Cappadocia: JESUS HOLDING THE APPLE (12)

Cappadocia: BOUTIQUE DE PARIS IN THE MIDDLE OF UCHISAR (11)

Even though in the valley of those charming fairy chimneys Cappadocia is well known for, the village of Uchisar seems like any other small town in Turkey. It is famous for its castle. It’s actually one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cappadocia. Houses were build around the castle, but because of the increasing … Continue reading Cappadocia: BOUTIQUE DE PARIS IN THE MIDDLE OF UCHISAR (11)

Cappadocia: THE PLACE YOU CANNOT SEE (10)

The territory of Cappadocia is divided into several areas that differ by color and composition, different in shapes of “fairy chimneys” that sprout from the earth. More than a 1,000 years ago active volcanoes made this strange landscape erupting frequently and depositing lava to the area of 20,000 square kilometers. Volcano ash and lava turned … Continue reading Cappadocia: THE PLACE YOU CANNOT SEE (10)

Cappadocia: BIRTHPLACE OF SAINT GEORGE (9)

Cappadocia was the birthplace of several saints, but the most famous among them is Saint George from the second half of the 3rd century. He was the son of wealthy Christians and when he was 20 he served in the Roman army under Diocletian. Roman Emperor undertook religious repression against Christians and summoned his top … Continue reading Cappadocia: BIRTHPLACE OF SAINT GEORGE (9)

Cappadocia: LAND OF BEAUTIFUL HORSES (8)

The first glimpse of those incredible nature creations overwhelmed us after some 40 kilometers from the caravanserai. Never the less, that coffee break sure came at the right time since now we have the strength to goggle at this amazing phenomena with our mouth open! What a sight! While we enjoy our view of this … Continue reading Cappadocia: LAND OF BEAUTIFUL HORSES (8)

Cappadocia: WHEN YOU GET TO „NOWHERE“ (7)

Surprisingly it didn’t take too long to get to Cappadocia from that last stop of ours – the huge caravanserai, but nevertheless we were driving for too long. After all, the bus jounced along for hours through Taurus Mountains and it seemed like all of my internal organs just shifted places! While our guide was … Continue reading Cappadocia: WHEN YOU GET TO „NOWHERE“ (7)

Cappadocia: COFFEE BREAK AT CARAVAN POST (6)

We went for another 110 kilometers from Konya and there is still a lot of bus-jouncing to do before we reach those chimneys in Cappadocia. There is no way to remember how far it is, since all of our focus went down towards tired feet and a bit of a back pain. Never the less, … Continue reading Cappadocia: COFFEE BREAK AT CARAVAN POST (6)

Cappadocia: IMAGINE A NIGHT IN CARAVANSERAI (5)

Cappadocia was once on the Silk Road and hence it had to have resting places for camels, horses and people on the root. There was one on every 30 to 40 kilometers, considering the distance a camel can endure and cover on daily bases. One of those huge caravanserais was on my way from Konya … Continue reading Cappadocia: IMAGINE A NIGHT IN CARAVANSERAI (5)

Cappadocia: WHO ARE WHIRLING DERVISHES (3)

People usually know something about whirling dervishes – they have seen some entertainment inspired by this order in Turkey or Egypt restaurants, Middle Eastern countries etc, but they are way more then that. Before I was planning to visit Turkish town of Konya in Central Anatolian region (on my way to Cappadocia), the only thing I “knew” … Continue reading Cappadocia: WHO ARE WHIRLING DERVISHES (3)

Cappadocia: AT THE FOOT OF TAURUS MOUNTAIN (2)

If wondrous Cappadocia in Turkey is on you bucket list, prepare to take a long ride. Not sure if it’s more distant to come from the west (from the Aegean Sea and Istanbul), or from the southern Mediterranean. Perhaps the best way is to go from Ankara and then still spend hours and hours on … Continue reading Cappadocia: AT THE FOOT OF TAURUS MOUNTAIN (2)

The surreal CAPPADOCIA!

The whole month is about the Orient! We are traveling there through unique travel stories or Glimpses on the blog, to see the famous Cappadocia in Central Anatolia province of Turkey. We're off from Antalya at the Southern coast, stopping by Konya and Sultanhan, and then enjoying the view of the famous natural wonders of the … Continue reading The surreal CAPPADOCIA!