Cappadocia

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Sometimes you run into someone and you think “You are unlike anyone I’ve ever met.” If Cappadocia was a person, she’d be that person.

Fairy chimneys, cave hotels, underground cities, hot air balloons, wildflowers, green apple tea, it really is an unforgettable destination.

Here’s the low-down of our time in Cappadocia:
Accommodation
We stayed two nights at the Arch Palace in Goreme, (Cappadocia is not a city, it’s a region. Goreme is the town we stayed in). Great little hotel. Nice owner. Friendly, helpful.

Itinerary
– Day 1 we arrived at 1pm, checked-in and explored Goreme. Great coffee at Cafe Sefak. We then set off on a beautiful 5km walk/hike through Pigeon Valley, including a stop off for Apple Tea and an amazing panoramic view over Goreme and the valley before we continued on to reach the hillside town of Urchisar.

We ended this day by eating a delicious pottery kebab for dinner.  Everyone in their life should eat a pottery kebab at some point.

– Day 2 was a 3:45 wake up to go hot air ballooning! We were woken at 3:15 however, as a drummer decided it was an appropriate time to walk the streets and hit his drum. Fun times. After hot air ballooning, it was time for a half-day tour, (we did the Red Line tour – you can ask your hotel about the different tours available). This consisted of underground cities, valley walks, lunch and a whole lot of rain. Then, another delicious dinner, then packing up to get on an 11 hour bus ride from hell. Just kidding. It wasn’t that bad.

That’s enough of the writing. Here’s some pics!

The view from our window at The Arch Palace in Goreme.
The view from our window at The Arch Palace in Goreme.

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On the walk back to Goreme, there were some incredible wildflowers! Phoebe decided it was time to play florist.
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On the same walk, we stopped to say hi to this beauty. She took it upon herself to eat our freshly picked flowers.


Then, HOT AIR BALLOONING!

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It was incredible, on every level. From the scenery, to the hundreds of balloons, to the cheeky pilot who kept on playing inappropriate songs for hot air ballooning, like My Heart will go on and Skyfall. To date, it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced.

Then, a very sleep deprived Chris and Phoebe went on a tour. It was fun to explore Cappadocia as a region and discover some of the history, the underground tunnels and some more scenery.

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Cave cities.
Cave cities.

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A fresco painting on the roof of a cave church - most likely from the twelfth century. The Ascension of Jesus - there's no eyes though, as the church believed that if they took the eyes of the saints and Jesus when they moved on, it would bring with them blessing and protection.
A fresco painting on the roof of a cave church – most likely from the twelfth century. The Ascension of Jesus – there’s no pupils in the eyes though, as the church believed that if they took the eyes of the saints and Jesus when they moved on, it would bring with them blessing and protection.

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That’s it!

Cappadocia was absolutely stunning. From here we jumped on an eleven hour overnight bus trip to Pamukkale. Stay tuned for pictures from there.

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