Top Ten Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a place that I definitely want to visit again someday.  I met a Belgian couple today who have been coming back over and over for the past 13 years — so many times they’ve lost count. They took me on a hike this afternoon that I never could have found on my own.  I see why they find it so special. Here are my top ten highlights from my visit:

10. Seeing Mount Erciyes before I even got off the plane, but then getting to get much closer

9. Going underground to see how people used to live when they felt danger close by.


8. Coming up from underground to see a double rainbow in the rain and sun mix

7. Waking up early this morning to see the hot air balloons over Goreme

6. Meeting people from all over the world who have come to see the rock formations and mountains

5. Seeing interesting plants and animals, smelling walnut leaves and tasting green buds of apricot

4. Battling the heat by trying new kinds of ice cream treats

3. Getting off the beaten track and squeezing through small tunnels between cliffs and caves going straight through

2. Meeting a local family and making them balloons

1. Experiencing the amazing variety of colors and shapes in Cappadocia

I’m working on a few videos of my time in Cappadocia, but they may take me a little while to finish.  I couldn’t stop using my camera, and now I have too much footage to look through.  I also made a video of the hotel, upon request of some of the people who commented. I’ll get those up as soon as I can, but I also want to focus on enjoying the rest of my time in Turkey.  I’m now in Istanbul, where tall buildings replace mountains. It should be pretty different.

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  1. holy moly, Ms. Krakauer!!!
    all those places in your Top Ten List were all super cool!!! i love all of them!!!!
    can you make a video of the animals in Turkey? if you have time? you don’t have to, but if you have time, i think it’d be great!
    you said that you’re in Istanbul now, and now you see buildings instead of mountains, do you think that the culture there would be a bit different than in Cappadocia? (based on the scenary difference.)
    i hope you have a wonderful time there!

  2. oh yeah, take your time to answer my comment. i know you’re very busy right now, and i don’t want to rush you. so don’t rush to the comments too fast!

  3. Now I rue having missed this place. Luckily, I can read your blog and know that if anyone could convey the spirit of such magic, it will be you. Thanks for being our eyes and ears — d.

  4. take your time and enjoy it! its not everyday you go to turkey!

  5. Praise: I love all of the amazing photos!
    Polish: I agree with Anna and would like to see a video with animals from Turkey if you have some spare time. No hurry though. Take your time and if you don’t want to do it thats fine, too.

    • Thanks, Cora. I will make an animals of Turkey video, though so far I haven’t seen much that we don’t have in the States. But I have some cute footage already 🙂

  6. Wow! I agree that all of the top tens are awesome! Also what did the ice cream taste like? And you said cool off, how hot was it? well have fun anyway! 😀

  7. you use the keys on your keyboard. like the parentheses, or the colons on the side.
    you can create new ones too! but they might not come out like these:

    🙂 or 😀 or 😉 … etc.

    instead, they might come out, like these:

    ;D or ^_^

    (i haven’t tried the second one, so i don’t know if it will work.)

    – anna 😉

  8. Thanks!!!! I guess I was just caught up with after school activities and homwork and so I just could not get to this 😦 …. I was not feeling very well since Thursday with a sore throat,a sore nack,and my ears were bugging me! It is still hurting and like Sunday… it couldn’t feel worse. I hope to get back as soon as I can! And agian, sorry!!!! 🙂 !!!!

  9. it’s okay!!!!
    sorry i couldn’t get back to you sooner too. i was really caught up in school work also.

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