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Fairyland

I'm a day behind again and wifi is sketchy here so I'll get started before I leave for my balloon ride.  Yesterday I got on a 7:25am flight to Cappadocia, which is in central Turkey.  After being picked up by my guide, there were seven of us for this day.  Alana is the single woman from Canada that I got to know. We dropped our luggage at this incredible hotel built into the rocks.  Each room is a cave room. All are different and beautifully decorated.   I'm back.  I have spent the last two days looking at rocks and caves and they are amazing.  This area is the product of five thousand years of volcanic eruptions and then centuries of erosion, making all these rock formations.  Add that to the fact that this is where the very early Christians settled in early Roman times.  The balloon ride was so amazing and fun.  It gave me a chance to see the whole area which was bigger than I imagined.  There were table top areas and valleys with the rock formations.  It is thought that it might have been an inland sea. They gave us champagne after the trip and a medal. Because the type of rocks here are fairly easy to carve out, the Christians dug an underground city 8-9 levels below ground to hide in when attacked.  Also, various rocks were carved out to make churches and Monasteries.  So we first went to see the underground city.  Amazing that as deep as it was, they found a way to circulate fresh air.  A few people got claustrophobic since the pathways were narrow and very low in some places.  We went to a couple of rock churches with incredible Christian frescoes.  Unfortunately there had been a lot of graffiti as well.  We were also taken to a pottery factory. Beautiful stuff but out of my price range.  The area of the fairy chimneys was loaded with tourists but it was so amazing to see these unusual formations. This was what I came to see.  I'd better go before the connection breaks.

Balloon

Balloon


rock formation

rock formation


fairy chimneys

fairy chimneys


fairy chimneys

fairy chimneys


rock church

rock church

Posted by adventuregirl88 16:00 Archived in Turkey

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