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Cappadocia by Spursfan2 on 5 April 2012 7:49pm
Feeling kinda excited, because we have just booked a trip to Cappadocia for November with our friends from Yorkshire!

We have another trip to Turkey booked with them for June, but have now booked flights in November too. Our friends haven't yet visited Cappadocia (we have a few times) and wanted to go sometime, so when we saw the flights from our nearest airport in Turkey to Kayseri (the nearest city to Cappadocia - we have stayed there with Turkish friends a few times) with Pegasus Airlines were £20 RETURN each, we just had to book!!
We have done the journey by coach once, many years ago - it was a 12 hour trip, as it is in the centre of Turkey.

It will be a 5 night trip; we'll hire a car and show our friends as much of the area as we can!!


Re: Cappadocia by Loretto on 6 April 2012 1:37pm
Sounds fantastic. Looking forward to seeing pics and reading about it too.
Re: Cappadocia by johnnyBgood! on 6 April 2012 1:53pm
Anne's holiday posts always cheer me. I know that I can then get a good night's sleep. :)
Re: Cappadocia by Spursfan2 on 6 April 2012 3:04pm
Cheeky b****r!! :D
Re: Cappadocia by Spursfan2 on 6 April 2012 3:27pm
I am sure there will be plenty of pix on FB, Loretto!!

Zak and I were talking and, if the other 2 are agreed (and they probably will be) we will drive to Konya one of the days we are there. We reckon it is about an hour or two away.


We have been there twice. Last time we drove from Kayseri back to Kusadasi taking one of our Turkish friends. He wanted to get to Konya in time for morning prayers as Konya is a very holy city, and it was a Friday, i.e. muslim sabbath. We didn't get there in time, so we stopped at a tiny village - they probably hadn't seen foreigners before.

While Hasan was in the mosque, some of the village elders came across and indictaed that we should move the car out of the sun, under a shelter hich was next to a house. We were a bit 'iffy' about this, as it was someone's house!! But they were insistent (and very nice) so Zak moved it.

While we were waiting, a very stooped, little old lady came out of the house carrying a large ceramic bowl. She came over to the car, and offered the bowl to us. Inside was home-made ayran, Turkish yogurt drink. Zak's nightmare, as he hates yogurt so much one taste can make him ill, so he passed me the bowl. This was MY nightmare, I LOVE ayran, but wasn't sure how clean the bowl was!! However, I 'bravely' had some of the ayran and it was delicious!!

We were humbled by this lady's hospitality - after all we were two strangers in a car under HER shelter!.

We loved Konya too - we were able to visit Mevlana's museum (founder of the whirling dervishes) which was wonderful. Mevlana's tomb and that of his father are there too, the whole place seemed so peaceful somehow. Mevlana's philospher was that all creeds and races were welcome.

Interesting story re Mevlana's death. As you will know, it is tradition in Turkey to stand for elders, and to give respect. When Mevlana died, it is said that his father's tomb stood on end, as his father wanted to show Mevlana respect. The tomb is still on its end to this day.




Re: Cappadocia by johnnyBgood! on 6 April 2012 3:43pm
I made it to the end Anne but I'm going for a nap now. :)

Btw, that wasn't ayran, her old man had been using that bowl for years.
Re: Cappadocia by Spursfan2 on 6 April 2012 3:53pm


Re: Cappadocia by Spursfan2 on 13 April 2012 9:06pm
Zak has been pricing up the hot air balloon rides over Cappadocia (as Michael P did), they are approx £100 per person for a half hour flight.

Zak is quite keen - I paid for him to go in a hot air balloon about 13 years ago (for a BIG birthday!!) and he loved it. I am not sure I'd like it, but want to go!! I think it may be too scary. I'll make up my mind later.

Of the couple who are going with us, the wife is keen to try hot air ballooning, the husband is defo NOT going to try it as he is so scared of heights. Oddly, he thinks nothing of balancing on the roof of our Turkish apartment block (he's a builder and sometimes does bits and pueces of repairs) which is 5 floors high (including ground floor)!!

Re: Cappadocia by johnnyBgood! on 14 April 2012 3:19am
£100 seems a bit steep Anne. Could Zak not just light a burner under your dress and hold on while you both floated ? ;)
Re: Cappadocia by Spursfan2 on 14 April 2012 5:38pm


You seem to forget that our friend also wants to go???!

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