Nights in a Cave

During my trip to Turkey seven years ago our tour group spent several nights in cave hotels.

Part of our group stayed at the rustic Queens Cave Hotel in Ortahisar.

Ortahisar is in the heart of Cappadocia.

Queens Cave Hotel, Ortahisar, Turkey, Rustic HotelHere is a picture of the courtyard at the hotel. The grounds of the hotel were very well landscaped. You can see another picture of the courtyard area in my post Ankara to Cappadocia.

The room that we stayed in is on the left in the picture above. It is the one with the rectangular door. You can also see that our room was definitely carved out of the rock.

Queens Cave Hotel, Ortahisar, Cappadocia, Cave HotelOur room was very small and the two twin beds took up more than half of the floor space. I really enjoyed the rustic feel to the room. I really liked the patterns on the bead spreads and the carpet. The wood floors were also very nice.

The other rooms in the hotel were a little bit larger, but all had the same rustic theme.

Cave Hotel Bathroom, Queens Cave Hotel, Ortahisar, Cappadocia, TurkeyIn the bathroom you could really see how the room had been carved out of the unique rock structures of Cappadocia.

Queens Cave Hotel, Ortahiar, Cappadocia, Turkey, Cave HotelHere is the view from our room looking back toward the center of Ortahisar. On the left you can see the Ortahisar Castle. You can also just see the narrow road that we had to come down to get to the hotel. The majority of our group stayed at another cave hotel, and our small group had to be brought here in a small bus.

For an aerial view of our hotel you can visit my post Floating over Cappadocia. When we went on a hot air balloon ride you could see our hotel from the air.

Queens Cave Hotel, Cappadocia, Ortahisar, Cave Hotel, Night ShotThe hotel was also beautifully lit up at night. It was so peaceful at our hotel and it was almost like we were staying in the country. We could also hear dogs barking, horses neighing and in the early morning a few roosters crowing. Just down the road was a nice stable. See: Turkish Horses

Cappadocian Rock Formations, Queens Cave Hotel, Cappadocian SunriseAlso to the side of our hotel was a beautiful little valley. Here the morning sun is lighting up the unique Cappadocian rock formations. The rock formations in Cappadocia are unlike any that I had seen before. See: Cappadocian Chimneys and Cappadocian Scenery

Queens Cave Hotel, Ortahisar, Cappadocia, Turkey, Breakfast, Turkish DiningHere is where we had dinner each night and also breakfast in the morning. This is the remains of our breakfast. The sun is shining into the room and it looks very bright and inviting. In the evening the lighting was very poor and we could barely see our food.

The breakfast was really good. They had a nice selection of cheeses, olives and vegetables. There was also wonderful jams and raw honey to spread on the homemade bread. Eggs cooked to order and Turkish coffee or tea completed the meal.

If you are traveling to Cappadocia and are looking for a hotel that will make you feel like you are staying in a cave, I would definitely recommend the Queens Cave Hotel.


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Turkey Animals

Today I have been thinking about a trip I took to Turkey in 2014. I will be using some images from my trip in a class on Wednesday. I will not share the pictures I will use on Wednesday until after the class.

However, I started to think of some of the animals I saw in Turkey.

Cattle in Turkey - Cattle herder - Herd of Cattle - Ankara RegionHere is a herd of cattle out near Hattusha. We had just passed through an area of red hills that made me think of where I lived while growing up in Kansas.

Shepherd, Turkey, Hattusha, Hittite CapitalWhile at Hattusha, the Hittite Capital, we saw a large flock of sheep.

Kangal Dog, Guardian Dog, Turkey, Anatolian ShepherdThe herd of sheep was guarded by a couple of Kangal dogs. This dog is also known as the Anatolian Shepherd.Camel - Rock Houses - CappadociaIn Cappadocia we saw several camels including this one that was used as a backdrop for group pictures.

Turkish Man on Donkey - Cattle Herder - LystraWe saw a man on a donkey near Lystra, he was helping herd sheep.

Did I see any turkeys in Turkey?

Male Turkey, Gobbler, Turkish Turkey, Thanksgiving, Native American BirdWe did see some turkeys in Turkey.

I could probably do another post on the birds and bees of Turkey. Maybe soon.



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