Day 13, May 2nd

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Today is our first full day in Kapadokya. After having breakfast at the hotel, we toured a vast underground city, the Kaymaklı Underground. There are several underground cities that historians now think were used as a hiding places for thousands of people and their animals. We had a super lunch in a cafe attached to a gas station – one of my favorite meals. After lunch, we visited a pottery shop in Avanos and then we took a walk in the “Love Valley” (See slideshow). We ended our day with dinner at the hotel.

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We had a little time after breakfast and we explored the views from the roof of the hotel and thereabout. We saw the most amazing landscape!

Photo by Peter

Another view from the hotel area. Photo by Peter

Another view from the hotel area. Photo by Peter

Another view from the hotel area. Photo by Peter

Another view from the hotel area. Photo by Peter

Our hotel room. Photo by Peter

Peter while touring the Kaymaklı Underground, a vast underground city.

Photo by Peter

Jan took this one of me making my way through one of the hallways of the cave city.

This disk is the door for an underground passage. The disk would be rolled into the passageway to stop attacking intruders. Pretty ingenious.

Photo by Peter

Another view from inside the Kaymaklı Underground. Photo by Peter

Peter and I went on top of the caves to explore for entrances and ventilation.

Photo by Peter

Flowers near the cave entrance.

Here is a pan of the area surrounding the caves.

A local prison as viewed from our bus. Photo by Peter

Photo by Peter

View from the bus.

Here is a view from an area called Pigeon Valley. Farmers have created homes for pigeons in order to capture their waste as fertilizer.

Photo by Peter

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Photo by Barbara, if memory serves me correctly.

There was a little tourist shop at Pigeon Valley, specializing in seeds, nuts and "natural Viagra". We saw many shops like this one.

We had one of my favorite meals here. I found several references, but no website for this restaurant. As it turns out, Zerdali is right next to the place where we ate lunch on May 3rd. I was able to find a map with both places (link).

Oh, this was a wonderful lunch. #29 - Kofte's on tomato sauce, yogurt and fresh bread with a great little fresh salad on the side.

Turkish cotton candy

Photo by Peter

A funny theme with our group was that when we had some spare time and access to wifi, you would find us connecting with the outside world.

Photo by Roseanna

The Red River or Kızılırmak. According to Wikipedia, “The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used.”

Photo by Peter

The Red River or Kızılırmak

Photo by Peter

The outside of the pottery shop that we visited.

Photo by Peter

Roseanna showing us how to pour wine.

Photo from Roseanna's camera, taken by Peter, I think.

A fine assortment of plates.

Photo by Peter

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