Day 12, May 1st

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We woke up this morning in the mountain village of Ormana, where we were the guests of a local family (See Our Homestay page to find out more about our visit.). We traveled North through Konya and arrived in Ürgüp. It was another amazing day, with wonderful scenery.

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This friendly little guy was waiting for us when we woke up.

Our hosts for our "home stay" saying goodbye while Ersin translates.

Photo by Peter

We had an amazing drive through the mountains.

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Interesting to see how the road-side cuts change along the way.

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As we drove north, we passed many small villages like this one.

Surprised to see snow-capped mountains?

Konya is ahead of us. (Wiki link to find out more about Konya).

Apartment buildings and a Mosque on the way into Konya.

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Our destination in Konya was the Mevlana Museum, pictured here (Link to Wiki.). This museum is the burial site for Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic (as per the Wiki on Rumi who is also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Persian: جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی).)

After visiting the Mevlana Museum, we walked to the Sifa Restaurant, where we had Turkish pizza. The version with minced meat is called Lahmacun. I have not figured out what the cheese and herb version is called. Whatever it is, it is delicious, especially with a spritz of fresh lemon juice.

While eating lunch, the young man pictured here drove a bike-load of simits by our window. I regret not eating more simits on this trip - they are like bagels in shape, but they are generally much skinnier and have a higher percentage of surface area with a great crust flavor also more sesame seeds. See simit Wiki.

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For more information, here is the wiki for this Caravanserai

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I especially like Peter's shadow on this one.

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Lovie taking a photo of Roger inside the Caravanserai.

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We had fantastic weather throughout our trip; nice temperatures and only a little bit of rain during our second day in Istanbul. In between Konya and Ürgüp, there was also a little rain and we saw distant thunder bolts. I guess if it has to rain while you're traveling, it doesn't get much better than this.

Another Caravanserai closer to Ürgüp, our destination for the evening.

The lobby of the Temenni Evi Hotel, Temenni Sokak, Ürgüp. We spent 3 nights here.

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