CAPPADOCIA

Ten hours of bus ride? One would do anything just to see their dream destination. Besides, I could never get bored of bus rides as long as I have a book to read and my kind of music to listen to. Plus, the bus seats were sooo comfortable and the usher kept on serving snacks the whole bus ride from Istanbul to Nevsehir! Haha.

Somewhere along the route right after our stopover in Ankara (Turkey's capital), we saw a province covered in snow. It looks lovely right? But I bet it doesn't feel lovely at all. Brrrrrr.


One of the things I wanted to do in Cappadocia was to live in a cave so we booked a room at a cave hotel in Goreme.


The view outside our cave hotel:


Cappadocia means "the land of beautiful horses".


It was quite late when we decided to book a tour of Cappadocia because we were expecting we could go for a hot air balloon ride early that morning. Unfortunately, the weather was not suitable for flight. The owner of the hotel where we stayed was more than kind enough to drive us to the center of Goreme to scout for a travel agency. We found one within a matter of minutes and we were very lucky because the coaster had exactly two seats left.

Goreme Panorama. I think I need to go back to Goreme someday. Hopefully, it will be during a day when there's a favorable weather condition so I could try the hot air balloon ride. :D


Selimiye Monastery. This used to be a fully functional monastery with a cathedral, kitchens, rooms, chapels, and more.


Papasa na ba akong ahente ng real estate? Give na give lang mag-model ng interior.


Yaprakhisar. Are you a Star Wars geek? Does this look familiar to you? This is one of the filming locations of Star Wars, and Ghost Rider as well. Neat!


On our way to Ihlara Canyon.


Ihlara Valley. We did a good 3-km hike towards the restaurant where our lunch will be served. It's like "ginutom ka muna ng matindi bago ka pinakain!".

Ihlara Valley near Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz (two of the three volcanoes of Cappadocia) is a canyon with a depth of approximately 100m and was formed by the Melendiz River thousands of years ago. It begins at Ihlara village and ends with Selime Monastery at Selime village after making 26 bends along 14 kilometers. It is believed that the valley housed more than four thousand dwellings and a hundred cave churches decorated with frescoes. Around 8,000 people once lived in Ihlara Valley. -- goreme.com


Derinkuyu Underground City. This is the largest underground city in Turkey that can hold approximately 20,000 people. This city served as a shelter to many Christians during the different conquests spanning from the 7th to the 20th century.


Last two stops: a souvenir and local delicacies shop and an onyx manufacturing shop. Look at all those Turkish delights and dried sweets. I tried everything! Hahaha. But I only bought tea and ref magnets. I liked the Turkish delights in Istanbul more than Cappadocia's.


Rise and shine! Another day in paradise. About to go for another hike. Photo op first. These were taken just outside our cave hotel.


Somewhere outside Goreme Open Air Museum.


Goreme Open Air Museum. It contains the finest of the rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colors still retain all their original freshness. It also presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique. The Goreme Open Air Museum has been a member of UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984, and was one of the first two UNESCO sites in Turkey. -- goreme.com 


Umaaksyon si Senyong! We hiked from Goreme Open Air Museum to Rose Valley.


Successful hike! Welcome to Rose Valley!


Touching the sky with a modified tree pose. No hot air balloon flights the whole time we were there because of the uber windy weather. We had a blast nevertheless!


This is the family who owns the cave hotel where we stayed. Would you believe they don't have a menu for their restaurant? You just tell them what you want to eat and if they've got the ingredients for it, they will do it for you. :D Very nice family!


After browsing through all our photos, I kinda feel like I need another gora. Looking forward to another adventure!

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