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Travels in Turkey - Cappadocia

Following another long bus ride, we arrived in the town of Urgup.   Cappadocia is an area in Central Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks.  The name “Cappadocia” dates back to Persian times, when the region was called the “Land of Beautiful Horses”.
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Many of the hotels in this town were carved right into the hills.   Here is a picture of our hotel, when we arrived and again the next morning in the daylight.
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The rooms of our hotel were constructed out of the native rock and partially carved into the side of the hill.   This was our favorite hotel.  It was like staying in a very ancient formal museum.
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The only thing that seemed out of place was the bathroom shower.   It came with so many controls and knobs, that we did not figure out everything it was able to do.   It looked like a space capsule inside.
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Cappadocia 4K Hike

We started our first day in Cappadocia by going on a 4K hike through Pigeon Valley.  
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There was only one very rustic toilet along the hiking trail.
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Very rugged landscape
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Along the trail we saw many pigeon houses carved straight into the rock formations.   There are carved openings to enter and gather the pigeon manure for use on the crops.
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Some parts of the trail were narrow and winding.
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Other parts of the trail were open, hot and rugged.
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We went inside one of the many ancient churches carved into the rock formations.
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Some of the frescos in the church are still visible.
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Near the hiking trail we saw vineyards with red and green grapes.
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At the end of the trail we arrived in the town of Goreme.   In the hills above the town, there are still the remnants of carved homes that used for over a 1000 years.
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To see more pictures of our Turkey Travels, click on one of the links below:

Arrival in Istanbul, Travel to Bursa and Uludag
Istanbul Mosques and Cathedrals
Istanbul Palaces and Historic Sites
Streets of Istanbul
Ephesus Area
Pamukkale Area
Aspendos, Perge and Side
Antalya and Konya
Cappadocia – Day 1 Morning
Cappadocia – Day 1 Afternoon
Cappadocia – Day 2 Morning
Cappadocia – Day 2 Afternoon
Final Day in Istanbul


Cappadocia-Day 1 AM