Göing to Göreme

Aug 4, 2014 | by Ken

Istanbul was a treat- so much to see, so easy to get around. But it’s time to trade these streets…

for these streets…

The Cappadocia region is one of the main reasons Turkey has been on my list for so long. Soaring geologic structures with centuries-old dwellings cut into sheer rock faces- get me there!

We got there, by plane (impoverished 20-year-old backpackers take the bus and lose a day), choosing the city of Göreme as our home base. How convenient: this is where the Open Air Museum is located, showcasing a handful of the volcanic rock formations that eroded over the centuries to create so-called fairy chimneys, which somehow beckoned to the natives, “Hey, carve a house/church/monastery in me!” I couldn’t help but think of Tatooine.

There aren’t many trees in a field full of fairy chimneys, so we were feeling toasty after a couple Open Air hours. Luckily, pomegranate juice is readily-available, and it doesn’t get any fresher.

Think those fairy chimneys look cool? Just wait until you see them from the air… in our next post.