Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Monday 12 September 2011 - Göreme Village

Sue and nine others rose early for a balloon ride over the 'Fairy Chimneys' of Cappadocia. Those of us who suffer from vertigo or lacked the desire to spend £145 on an hour in the sky enjoyed a lavish breakfast. Chips and boiled eggs featured prominently.

The balloonists returned elated from their experience.

Once everyone had reassembled, we hopped on the bus for a short ride to Zelve. Until the 1950s Zelve was home, for many centuries, to people who had built caves out of the solidified ash (tufa) from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Then the cave dwellers were rehoused in a new town at the behest of the 'far sighted' Turkish government. That has opened the old town to tourism, and we spent some time doing just that - being tourists. It was a very interesting place, with homes, churches, bakeries, etc all carved out of the rock at several different levels in three separate valleys.

After a welcome tea break we walked over a small hill to admire the spectacular fairy chimneys of Pasabaglari (pictured), before a short bus ride took us into the Red Valley for a splendid lunch at Kizilvadi Restaurant, next to Üzümlü Church which is built into the rock and has old frescos.

After ravioli and pickles and other tasty offerings, Tessa went back on the bus with Recep - she is wounded from her many falls - whilst the rest of us enjoyed a short walk back to Çiner Hotel, through the weird rock scenery of the Red Valley.

Alan and I then savoured a trip to a carpet factory that apparently stocks 1700 carpets (can that be true?), before we all enjoyed a meal at a nearby restaurant carved out of the rock.

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John J said...

£145 to get scared witless?

Exciting as it may have been, I think egg and chips was the better deal!


Alan Sloman said...

I'm with JJ and the egg & chips (large portion, please...)

David A said...

Martin, I would love to have visited the community in the caves with you - sounds like you're having a wonderful time!!!

David L said...

what an amazing trip this is! fantastic heights and landscape, great food often mentioned too - am a big fan of turkish grub.

Phreerunner said...

Yes, a great trip. Sue really enjoyed the ballooning - she may write a short report! I enjoyed triple egg and chips.

The underground city was great David, and the 'cave' dwellings were very interesting. They would still be occupied if the residents hadn't been forcibly evicted in the 1950s.