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Goreme, Cappadocia

our stay in a deluxe cave hotel

Taking a sleeper on the train was an enjoyable way to get to Turkey's capital Ankara. We collected our hire car and Rex drove the few hours to Goreme. The GPS made easy work of the navigating but Rex had to adjust to left-hand driving and traffic mayhem.

Goreme must be one of the most amazing places on earth - geologically and historically. The mystical landscape is a result of volcanic activity millenia ago. The massive cone-shaped boulders have been made into cave living and we are occupying such a building (in a 'fairy chimmney' room). The rock is rose and honey-coloured and the valleys are filled with wildflowers - red poppies, blue cornflowers, irises etc. There are mosques; underground cities; churches carved into the cliffs and frescoes from early times when Christians sought refuge here.

We walked into Rose Valley, or in the near vicinity! We followed an abandoned path which was overgrown and far lengthier than intended.
Oli and I felt quite uneasy but Rex was annoyingly in adventure mode. We eventually reached the plateau for incredible views and made our way towards civilisation once again. We came across families working their land who were clearly amused by us emerging out of the wilderness.

Rex and Oli were up at dawn for a Hot Air Balloon ride and champagne breakfast. The local pilot was hilarious and kept them entertained the whole way. Instead, I opted for a Foot Reflexology session that took me to different heights.

Posted by stephrexoli 09:19

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Ah Goreme! We have wonderful memories of the place and in particular a walk through Rose Valley - the landscape and wildflowers are incredible. The dawn ballooning must have been a pretty amazing way to view the region too. I hope Oli enjoyed his champagne breakfast!

by NigelW

Stunning! I miss you too, and Istanbul.
Photo selection is lovely, each and every one!

by jocelynwhitehea

Welcome aboard sis
It's not difficult to take good photos when you're surrounded by breathtaking scenery. We're on the road for the next couple of days so I'm not sure how we'll go with posts. xx

by stephrexoli

Well, have a great next few days and we'll hear from you when you get the chance!
Love to your boys too,
xx from sis

by jocelynwhitehea

Off topic..(am I able to contact you via email?) the Wineglass Bay photos we heard about and wanted to see are now posted on www.benjaminmascolo.blogspot.com

by jocelynwhitehea


by stephrexoli

Wow you guys Turkey looks amazing....I'm glad you're bothering to blog & post pictures as it's nice to sort-of travel with you! passing on your blog link to others as requested! keep up the fun

by bucherk

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