Family walking through the jagged hills
Steve above a mighty landscape
Amie at an amazing overlook
Uçhisar looming high above the Cappadocia valley
A spectacular mountain passAya and Arwen stopping for a breakAmie in the rose valley areaÇavusinA cool cave churchOne of the 6 turtles we found on our walksAmazing landscape of CappadociaField of vines before a mighty peakAmie and the girls at a significant milestoneHiking in the rose valley north of GoremeHaving fun in an old cave dwellingThe paths through CappadociaSteve + Amie in the love valleySteve and Arwen hiking above some questionably shaped formationsGoreme outside our hotelAn AMAZING cave churchAya exploring the tunnelsSteve hiking from Zelve to GoremeAya and her giraffe friend eating breakfastAya fooling around in an old cave dwellingSteve relaxing for a momentFairy chimneysHiking through the rose valleySteve hiking through a cut-outStandard Turkish breakfastHiking through the amazing Cappadocia valleyStopping for a breakSteve + Arwen having some fun in the hillsSteve and Aya up on the hillUchisar hovering over the Cappadocia valleySteve + Aya hiking through the wildernessSteve hiking through a hillAya inspecting a cave dwellingBalloon on a stick gameArwen enjoying the swingsFairy Chimneys

It’s something out of a fairy tale – all sorts of childhood dreams come true. Like homes etched into sandstone caves, teensy windows perched at the top of fairy chimneys and openings in hoodoos leading into vast inner rooms and carved stone ladders heading into the sky.

Cappadocia was so very enchanting.

We did a lot of walking – dozens of kilometres in total – and each walk was different. Around every curve was a new surprise. Whether it was a hidden Byzantine-era church with well-preserved frescoes, long tunnels carved out of sandstone, or pigeon holes whittled out of the sides of soaring cliffs, we often gasped in awe or did a giddy little dance at what was before us.

It was THAT incredible. We’ve never before experienced something like it!

For thousands of years, Cappadocians have used the natural environment, and built homes, restaurants and hotels into the cliffs (and in a few cases, deep underground! We went to an underground city where thousands of people lived and worked during times of persecution 10-55m below the ground).

It makes me wonder about the possibilities in Drumheller…

-amie

Four days in Cappadocia barely grazed the surface of all the experiences to be had. We stayed in a cave hotel and spent the days wandering around fantasy landscapes. The kids had a great time exploring tunnels and caves and the walks through the hills rival any we have ever experienced. This place is hands down my favourite destination of the travels so far.

-steve-

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