Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What I Saw: Cappadocia

Very early on our last morning in Cappadocia.

We were fortunate to have the time to visit Cappadocia in the middle of our trip. Cappadocia is located in central Anatolia and is a beautiful and historic part of the Turkish countryside. The landscape is characterized by tall rock formations that are called "Fairy Chimneys" as well as homes and other buildings such as churches and monasteries that have been carved in the rock. Our hotel was a converted cave home and there are many other hotels and homes that have been updated and are in use today. There are even more of these structures that have long since been abandoned and are found everywhere in this beautiful countryside.

We went on a number of hikes around Goreme, the little town where we stayed, and were blown away by what we discovered on our own. 

On our first hike a little local dog found us and kept us company until we headed back to the main road. Apparently this is pretty common. 

Aside from this little dog there was no one else out on the trails when we went hiking. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

We had the chance to visit one of the underground cities in Cappadocia. This one was built 16 floors deep. Not the best place for a tall person.

It also snowed one of the days we were in Cappadocia, reminding us that it was definitely still winter. The snow only added to the beauty of the landscape.

Exploring this beautiful countryside was one of my favorite parts of the trip and I hope we can come back again soon.


  1. Your pictures really bring it to life in a way that I had never seen. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I have a nephew there and this REALLY makes me want to go!

    1. You should definitely go if you have the opportunity to do so. The countryside is seriously amazing and like nothing I've ever experienced before. Go!!!

  2. AMAZING. Those houses in the walls of rock are jaw dropping.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! It really was an amazing place.