My journey to Cappadoccia ends here … A beautiful sunset.
Our last stop was at this place (can’t remember the name) which is considered the highest point in Cappadocia, where you can see everything, specially the snowy mountain (also forgot the name sorry 😛 ).
When we reached there it was very cold, I swear I couldn’t move, & you can see a lil bit of snow on the ground, we only took 10 minutes in that place & then ran quickly to the car, but the view was very beautiful.
This place is considered the largest open air museum in the world, you can walk around it, hike up to Rose Valley, discover The Hidden Church or drink Turkish Tea in one the cafes there. It very huge, takes around 45 minutes to reach the top, depending on fast & fit you are. While going up, you’ll see many caves available for sale, they wanna turn them to hotels which is really sad, this place should be as it is without people inhabiting it coz then it will be destroyed …. I really ope they won’t turn it all to hotels!
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After hiking to the top of Rose Valley in the Open Air Museum, coming down wasn’t easy at all … We were walking on the edge of the rocks, it was really scary … and while we were coming down, our guide suggested that we go & visit a church that’s hidden inside the caves. To reach the church, you have to walk on a small wooden bridge, I was too scared to go, so I told my husband to explore the area & i’ll be waiting for him next to the tiny bridge … It took them 10 minutes to see the hidden church, my husband came back stunned by the place, how everything was carved on the rocks. I did’t regret not seeing it by my own eyes, after all I had to be careful 😛
Enjoy the pix 🙂 they were taken by husband 😉
Our Turkish guide suggested that we pass by this Pottery factory (Guray Ceramic House). It’s a family business that has been transferred from generation to generation & the business is still going strong. The factory is based inside a cave, I felt like I was suffocating when I went inside, I didn’t want to continue but I got intrigued & I wanted to see what’s inside.
One of the family members who’s taking care of their business now gave us a tour inside the factory, from where they get the clays, how they mix it with powder & water, what they do next, how they draw on them & how they make the final touches. It was exciting to see how people worked inside that cave. It’s a very closed place, I dunno how they can handle working there everyday but it seems that they enjoy it
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When we reached Mushroom Valley after our lunch break, the weather started to get colder, we could barely move. If I wasn’t wearing gloves, I wouldn’t have gone out of the car. This place was a lil bit smaller than the other places. We walked around it for 15 minutes & did some shopping. As you can see the rocks have the mushroom look.
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Walking to the top of Rose Valley was really difficult. But it was fun. We reached the place around 11:30am. While walking to the top, I got very hot & had to take off my coat, so if you’re going there on December, don’t wear too much clothes when you’re hiking Rose Valley.
It was called Rose because of its color, the place is very beautiful yet scary. There were some places that I didn’t want to go to because I got scared.
I’ll leave you with the pictures
One of the fanciest streets in Istanbul, luxury brands & classy cafes. Nistantasi area is very quiet & serene, very classy, everything closes around 8:00 pm unlike other areas in Istanbul. If you want a couple of days of relaxation, then you must stay there. The House Hotel is highly recommended.
Hemes, Chanel, Cartier, LV, Burberry & more. Godiva Cafe is located there. & a cute small mall called City’s is also there. I’m telling you’ll enjoy your time there & surely your money will be gone in not time 😛 & I advise you to go there in December, the christmasy atmosphere is really lovely, as you can see in the pictures. And the lights at night are really beautiful.
If you don’t have a planned day, then I advise you to explore the Asian side of Turkey. It’s very easy to reach & also cheap. From the same place of Princess’ Islands you can also head to the Asian side (Kadikoy). Get the boat from Kabatas for only 3 Liras & head to Kadikoy, when you reach there you’ll see a very crowded street, head right & walk inside the hallways, you’ll find many stores, cafes, restaurants & local supermarket. After that, go to Baghdad Street, the place is very beautiful & spacious. You’ll also find many cafes & restaurants. When you’re bored, go back to Kadikoy Iskilese & head back home 🙂
One of the best cafes that I ate at in Istanbul … The decoration of the place is fabulous, it makes you wanna stick on your chair & never leave the place.
Located at City’s Nisantasi Mall,,,just head to the cinema & you’ll find it there. The place is huge, but you’d be lucky if you found an empty table, always crowded.
The food is delicious, the service is very fast, the employees are nice & the atmosphere is very loud.
I loved their meringue … yum yum
After Love Valley we head to Pigeon’s Valley, where you’ll see many small houses carved on the mountains only for pigeon. The pigeons in this area were trained to deliver letters to other parts of the city, which was the best way of communication at that time, specially in wars. Also the chimneys in this place were used as a hiding place for Christians running from the Romans.
After that we stopped at a local market where we were able to buy local products; apricot seeds (very delicious), apricot with chocolate, etc.
A must visit place n Cappadocia … Taking photos there is an amazing experience.
After having a look at the 4 Islands in Part 1, now we’re gonna have a tour in the 4th Island Buke Aza … The Island is the biggest one & the last one among the other Islands … In summer, you’ll see alot of huge flowers, I went to it in 2002 & now in 2012 it’s still the same. I like countries that keep their beautiful places beautiful & take care of them.
As I mentioned before, we took the horse ride which costs 60 Liras. The ride is about 45 minutes, it will give you a quick tour around the island, you’ll see beautiful houses, really beautiful. Then, you’ll have a 10 minutes stop at the top of the island where you can enjoy taking photos. After that you’ll go down the island.
I advise you to take a walk on foot & explore the island, it’s really beautiful
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