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What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 4

What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 4

Ooooops!!! its been a while, I am here, right?

Well, after taking you to Ihlara valley and Open Air museum, when we went to Fairy Chimney, as I had mentioned, I loved that place so much that I decided to live in one of that mushroom shaped pillars, above the ground….just like those monks in old times. But then one of you called up (yes, I took my phone there and internet was working…he he he) and asked for next attraction. With multiple demands, I had to break my “meditation”, to take you on another tour….

Today, I am going to take you to Turkish night show. On a chilly evening while snow layered Cappadocia decided to call off the day earlier than any other part in the world, I was left with two options – Attend Turkish night (the benefit was dinner and unlimited drink was available) or to enjoy Whirling Dervish Show (something I would have loved to do). Unlimited drink specifically tempted me to go to Turkish Night show and I did not care to ask for details.

Organized at two places in Cappadocia, it really depends upon the tour agency, through whom, you are booking the night tour that to which you place you will go for the show. Fortunately, I was taken to Uchisar castle and looking at that beautiful castle showering in moon light was an added and unexpected bonus.

At 8:30 pm sharp, all the guests were on tables and believe me, every table had a feast. From USA to China and from India to Astralia, guests were eagerly waiting for show to start. Fortunately, we did not had to wait much. While I was still sipping the pineapple juice, dancers were on the floor and cheering up for them had begun. What followed for next 2 hours was again once in a lifetime experience. from Romali music, Bitlis, Girls Folk, Black Sea, Spoon, Central Anatolian Bride and Groom, Zebek and finally the graceful Belly dancer……I would not have asked anything more for that evening…

I know, I know, you are not able to wait for visual treat now…..here it is…enjoy 🙂

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Due to technical limitations, I was unable to upload some beautiful videos from that evening. Please visit my insta profile Wanderer_diary_3 to enjoy those videos.

And yes, did I tell you? We still have one more place in Cappadocia, to visit together…..Stay tuned 🙂

 

 

What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 3

What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 3

Cappadocia, one of the most visited location in Turkey, has something to offer everyone. Whether you are a nature lover or cultural personality, a tourist or a wanderer, you will find something interesting here!!

After giving you virtual treat around couple of most beautiful locations in Cappadocia – Ihlara valley and Open Air museum, today, I am going to present one more – Fairy Chimneys.

But as usual, before you start enjoying and imagining yourself there, you have to bear with my knowledge about it :-).

Mostly known as Monks Valley, it is situated between Goreme and Avanos region. I was taken aback when the tour bus stopped and I looked around to understand how the next location looked like.

WHAT A BEAUTY !!….thats how I responded to the tour guide, who asked me how did I like it. And I am sure, after starting the virtual tour, your response will be same too.  The mushroom shaped pillars have formed due to the effects of wind and rain on the soft rock but they have become widely known as fairy chimney.

Walking around those spectacular cone topped rock pillars, enjoying camel ride around and enjoying snow under feet were the highlight of that evening. But you know what mesmerized me more? The history of fairy Chimneys aka Monks Valley. Impressed with the isolation and the peace provided by the region, the well-known monk St Simeon, took refuge here. He had built his home 15 meters above the ground in one the fairy chimneys, descending only to collect the offerings of food and water that his followers brought to him. Many other monks were able to hollow out the soft volcanic stuff inside the pillars and create narrow staircases leading up to the cone shaped shelters which they used as living quarters.

Some of the pillars are split into two or even three chimneys and let me tell you this….Visit this location in winter and summer both. In winter, the snow around will give you the perfect brown and white backgroud for beautiful pictures and summer will give you an opportunity to crawl inside the rock and climb the staircases to gaze out over the moon-like landscape.

And I know you are waiting patiently…….here is your treat 🙂

Enjoy!!

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And as usual, I deserved a picture there, which became my fb profile picture later 🙂

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Let me know how do you like this photo tour series so far……