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Churches of Göreme

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  • Day121

    Exploring Cappadocia

    September 27 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today was dedicated to exploring Cappadocia . First, we went to the nearby rock formations. Cycling in between those fairy chimneys felt unreal, it was so cool! We also tested our bikes' offroad suitability as we had to cycle on sand. Without all the weight of the luggage and with less air in the tubes, it actually worked well.
    Afterwards, we cycled and hiked to some viewpoints, checked out Paşabağ, Devrent, Zelve and some other valleys and passed by the old Greek town of Ürgüp. All was totally impressive and great fun to explore!
    In the evening, we walked around Göreme town and admired the hotels that are built in the fairy chimneys. We also got ourselves a couple of beers to drink to our birthdays.
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  • Day122

    Balloon watching

    September 28 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Wake up time: 5am. As we are in Cappadocia, we really wanted to watch the hot air balloons. And as they start before sunrise, we had to hike up to the viewpoint early as well. So we climbed up to a cliff right next to the town center. The village was still lieing in the dark, but we could watch the minibuses driving around picking up customers and transporting the baskets for the balloons.
    And suddenly, we heard the sound of the air getting blown into the balloons. It got brighter and all around us, we started seeing more and more balloons standing up. And one after the other left the ground. In the end, we counted about 70 colourful hot air balloons around us - what a fantastic view!
    After this start, we had a quiet day. We cycled to Avanos in order to get new chains for the bikes. The first bikeshop only had very cheap ones that are not suitable for our type of touring, so we tried to find another one with the help of some locals. The second shop had one good quality chain - and an Afghani mechanic who spoke some very basic English and was called to translate. As they had never worked on a Rohloff setup before, they were totally confused and didn't know how to change the chain. So Herbert had to show them. In the end, it worked out and everyone was happy.
    We checked out the town center, which was actually quite nice, and had some lunch. Interesting to see that prices are about 20-30% of the Göreme prices only because it's not touristy. Back at the hostel, we went for a swim in the pool and Herbert did some bike maintenance. Then we went for a walk around town again and hiked to the cliff again, this time to get a sunset view of the rock formations here.
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  • Day120

    Underground city

    September 26 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Our day started with a steep climb out of the valley again. Back at the top, we could finally see Mt. Hasan, one of the 3 volcanoes in this region that caused those fascinating rock formations with their eruptions. Cycling was like visiting an open air museum, the landscape and the villages were just beautiful! We passed the villages of Ihlara and Ilisu with their old Greek stone houses, we got more great views of Ihlara valley and another canyon near Güzelyurt and found a couple of scenic dirt roads as well.
    In Güzelyurt, Sadegh invited us for some tea, told us more about Güzelyurt and showed us his home: a renovated Greek stone house. It was actually very cosy inside! We also made his Dutch wife who woke up during our tour through the house. In the end, he gave us some cucumbers and tomatoes from his garden to take with us.
    We had our real breakfast in the centre of Güzelyurt before continuing our ride. We passed many small volcanoes and really enjoyed the colours around us given by the volcanic landscape.
    In Derinkuyu, we visited an underground city which was awesome! It has 8 floors and is, according to the signs, the biggest in the world. It was fun walking and climbing around. It's crazy what our ancestors have carved in the rock!
    As Derinkuyu itself wasn't too appealing, we decided to continue all the way to Göreme, the heart of Cappadocia. It's very touristy, however, the landscape here is unreal. But more about this tomorrow.. . So far, we found a small hotel and relaxed in the backyard.
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  • Day29

    Kapadokya 2

    April 25, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Am frühen Morgen haben fast 100 Ballons mit ihren Gasflammen und bunten Farben den Himmel über Kapadokya erleuchtet. Ein unvergessliches Schauspiel. Danach habe ich zu Fuß die Schluchten und Türme erkundet. Anstrengend, aber jeden Schritt wert. Man kann das mit dem Foto gar nicht einfangen. Und je nachdem das Licht einfällt, sieht es wieder anders aus. İch glaube, die Ballonfahrer können keinen besseren Eindruck bekommen.Read more

  • Oct25

    Balloons - Cappadocia province

    October 25, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 43 °F

    What a blast!! Wonderful experience. Silky smooth ride - and the scenery! ( Cappadocia - “land of beautiful horses”) Will try to post a video later when I find decent WiFi. The pilot even lands it in a flatbed and then they drive you to a spot where they invite you to drink champagne or mimosas and eat chocolate covered strawberries. It even came with breakfast before the flight!Read more

  • Day2

    1er matin

    October 22, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Au petit matin , nous sommes réveillés par le son des brûleurs. Nous ouvrons nos rideaux sur le ballet féerique des ballons. La vue de notre chambre est superbe.
    Dans notre petit hôtel de 6 chambres , 5 sont occupées par des chinois grâce à qui nous avons des fous rires. Ils ont réussi à se faire photographier par le photographe de la mariée quand même.Read more

  • Day2

    Goreme

    October 22, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Visite du musée en plein air de Goreme avec ses églises rupestres et couvent taillés dans la roche de l époque Byzantine. Ici trop de monde pour se laisser imprégner par les lieux.
    Puis celui de Zelve, avec monastère et habitations dont les derniers occupants sont partis en 1952. Une ville rupestre cachée au fond de 3 vallons qui abrite ici aussi des églises byzantines. Partout des trous, des galeries creusées dans la roche et des milliers de marches verticales menant aux différents sanctuaires.
    Nous dégustons les fameux gozlemes ,sorte de crêpe fourrée ,préparés à la mode traditionnelle.
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  • Day3

    Vallée Rose

    October 23, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Comme hier , reveil au son des brûleurs.
    Nous décidons de faire une ballade dans la vallée rose où l on peut voir de très belles églises rupestres cachées au détour des rochers.
    On y trouve aussi beaucoup de vignes.
    Cette balade nous rappelle qu ici les 1er chrétiens ont développé leur culte en se protégeant des persécutions et que
    Les peuples de l Anatolie figurent parmi les 1er vignerons, culture poursuivie ensuite par les chrétiens ( sang du Christ).
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  • Day3

    Pasabagi/ Oskonak

    October 23, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    A Pasabagi, nous comprenons mieux la formation géologique des cheminées de "fée". Ici, les moines vivaient en ermites à plus de 10 m du sol dans la partie friable sous les chapeaux.
    Nous nous rendons à Ozkonak, une ville souterraine habitée par les 1ers chrétiens victimes de persécutions. Plus de 1000 personnes vivaient dans ces galeries en pentes menant à des habitations .
    Sur la route d Avanos, nous croisons une des multiples voitures de police en carton pâte. La première , on ralenti après on rigole.... 😜
    Après avoir dégusté un bon Donner kebab , retour à l hôtel.
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  • Day175

    Kappadokien

    August 6, 2018 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Nach Istanbul ging es mit einem kurzen Zwischenstopp vor Ankara weiter nach Kappadokien.
    Unsere Unterkunft war ein Höhlen Hotel, ein in Stein gemeißeltes Zimmer mit schön kühlen Temperaturen.

    Wir besuchten die nahegelegenen Felsenstädte & die Untergrund Stadt Derinkuyu, in der sich zu Zeiten der Christenverfolgung bis zu 6000 Menschen versteckten.

    Am nächsten Tag, noch lange vor dem Frühstück, krochen wir (der Eine besser, die Andere schlechter) aus unserer Höhle um die startenden Heißluftballone zum Sonnenaufgang zu sehen. Es hat sich gelohnt :)

    Nach dem Frühstück, ehe wir Kappadokien wieder verließen, gab es noch ein kurzes Breefing mit unserem Host Apo der uns ein paar gute Tips mit auf den Weg gab.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Göreme, Goereme, Churches of Göreme, غوريم, Görəmə Milli Parkı, Нацыянальны парк Гёрэмэ, Γκιόρεμε, گورمه, Parc national de Göreme et sites rupestres de Cappadoce, גרמה, Göreme Nemzeti Park és Kappadókia sziklatemplomai, Գյորեմե ազգային այգի, ギョレメ国立公園, გორემეს ეროვნული პარკი, 괴레메, Corama, Gioremės slėnis, Ѓореме, गोरेमे राष्ट्रिय निकुञ्ज, Гореме, เกอเรเม, Göreme Tarihi Milli Parkı, Національний парк Гьореме, گوریمے, გორემეშ ერუანული პარკი, 格雷梅

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