THE TOUR IN PICTURES:
The tour began with a stop at Goreme Panoramic Viewpoint
Next we went to Derinkutu Underground City
There are 8 levels excavated; it's one of the largest open to tourists. NOTE: don't go here if you're abnormally large or claustorphobic
We then hiked a small portion of the Ihlara Valley.
Saw some old frescoes - there are over 200 old churches in the valley! Sadly, most have collapsed..only 10 or so are open to tourists
Had lunch in a cool hut
Next we drove to Selime. This big rock was a palace as well as a hotel. Surreal.
Kate and I taking a rest on the rocks
In the Cathedral
Another view of the Selime
Then we stopped at a volcanic lake. Gorgeous.
The end of the tour: Pigeon Valley
Me and Kate at Pigeon Valley
Random Facts Learned From Tour:
- Cappadocia came from a Persion word meaning "Land of the Horses"
- Fairy Chimneys came about from volcanoes
- There are 3 volcanoes in Cappadocia
- At the end of Pigeon Valley is the town of Goreme, where I stayed
- Derinkuyu means "deep well" - properly named since the well was 40 meters (or more..can't remember the exact number)
More detail might come later. I have to pack my stuff to catch a night bus back to Istanbul. Kate and I are going to do some touring of Istanbul with one of my friends from the University tomorrow before she heads to Barcelona early Monday morning. Busy, busy, busy weekend!