Each time when I scroll down to the latest pictures, I keep seeing others that I had not yet admired sufficiently. However, this post is going to put us on page 2, so I urge everybody to look completely at page 1 first.
Wise words, K2. Page one has blown me away as it is. The variety of subjects and angles, from high in a balloon to close up of fantastic frescoes... and all around those brooding rocks looking like something out of a science fiction movie. So well done, Ansh.
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Glad you finally got to go on your balloon ride. It's a good thing you were there for several days. Is inclement weather fairly common during this season?
The ride may be easy in the sense that the passengers don't have to do anything, but I would be terrified. I'd go for something earthbound, like a hike or a horse ride. Still, I'm enjoying these excellent photos. The sight of all those colorful balloons floating over the rocky landscape is magical.
I was wondering, was there historical information provided on placards at the various sites, or did visitors need to educate themselves with a guidebook?
Ansh, I keep going back to look at the pictures again. The landscape is beautiful yet unreal. It must have been really something to be in that magical place.
Mustafapasa is quite a pretty town. I noticed that both there and in your next town, Urgup, there appear to be crumbling rock houses right in the towns, with modern structures around them. Is that the case, or am I seeing abobe houses or something similar?
Until seeing your report, I never realized how very much there was to see in Cappadocia in the sense that the stone outcroppings and the ancient churches were so plentiful. Were the sites all marked on the side of the road so that you'd know to stop? Also, could you just walk right in to each site?
Again, this is a fabulous piece of reporting -- very complete, extremely interesting, and your photos are excellent. Thank you so much!
Yes, nycgirl, most sights had a description right outside- for churches it generally used to be the scenes shown by the frescoes. The description had some historical context but was more about the structure, use of different rooms and the like.
Generally the weather is not supposed to be this bad in May/June- we caught a bad few days because apparently the weather was great just before we came.
Bixa, you're right- many towns do have rock-cut houses in them, alongside modern buildings. Most sights were not marked on the road- it was upto the driver's knowledge of the place to go there. It is very common to stop by the road to ask for directions from other drivers. Only some very famous sights were marked on the road. Unfortunately I didn't understand your second question - most sights such as the old churches had an entry fee. The remainder, such as the open air palace were free to visit and you could just walk in there.
I have often had a yen to visit Cappadocia , this report has fired it up. Fabulous photos, the geology is amazing, so beautiful. I am not sure I could cope with the balloon flight although I have often wanted to go up in one, I failed to get enough nerve to climb in the basket the last time I had the opportunity.