About half way through this blog post you will get to see a few chimneys. I was looking for a catchy title and Cappadocian Carpets or Cappadocian Camels just didn’t have the right ring.
Today did not start as planned. I had to get up at 4:30 to be ready for a 5:10 pickup to go ballooning over Cappadocia. Unfortunately we were met by a representative of the balloon company that said that we were on hold pending the weather. It was too windy and we would be updated in 30 minutes. Unfortunately the winds did not die down and we did not get to go. However, we are scheduled again for tomorrow morning. Another early morning 😦
Our first stop of the day was the Goreme Open Air Museum. We visited several of a group of rock churches. Many of them had beautiful wall paintings. Unfortunately we were unable to take pictures inside the church caves. I will write more about them sometime when I am able to scan in some pictures from other sources that I own.
I have written several posts about camels, including Camel Knees.
We have seen a few camels on the trip and I have one in my post from yesterday.
Today during lunch I learned a lot about carpets. Several members of our group bought carpets today and others almost bought carpets. I looked at a few, but not seriously. I have more important things to find than a good carpet. Look for a future blog post about carpets.
Our next stop was the Kaymakli underground city. The underground cities were created by christians who were hiding from persecution. There are many of these cities in Cappadocia with some of them holding up to 30 thousand people.
The cities are multi level and contained everything that was needed to survive in the caves for extended periods of time. We went down through several layers and looked at the interesting constructions.
Coming back toward our hotel we stopped at the Pigeon Valley overlook to take a good picture of the town we are staying in. The light was just right to get pictures of the many rock formations that line the valley.
The pigeons are important to the local economy as they are raised for guano production. Even better the tourists buy food to feed the pigeons. They get to see a lot of pigeons and help warrant their future.
Hopefully tomorrow will start off with a balloon voyage and then we leave for Antioch. I think most of my readers know what happened first there.
p.s. Make sure you visit the Turkey page for more posts about this trip and also links to other bloggers in the tour group.