Every week, I scour the internet for the best travel stories I can find and post them at Vagobond Travel Media‘s G+ page – then each Friday I post my favorite ten or so stories, photos or videos here at Vagobond in the Vagobond Travel Museum. This week and maybe in the future, I’m going to do things a little bit different – since we’re in Cappadocia this week and I’m writing exclusively about our stay here – I’m posting some great stories, tips, photos, videos and posts about Cappadocia.
Here are this weeks inductions into the Vagobond Travel Museum – Cappadocia
First of all, I want to give a shout out to our hosts here at Taskonaklar– while there are certainly more expensive resorts in Cappadocia – there is no place with a more serene view, a more unified complex or a higher dedication to responsible travel and tourism. Not only that, they have been awarded for being the cleanest hotel in the region. Put all that together and what you have is us having an incredible time here with delicious breakfasts, scrumptuous dinners and a well thought out agenda that just happened to include a sunrise balloon trip this morning. We are fortunate to be here as guests and there is no place I would recommend higher.
Readers here also know that I am a huge fan of Tom Brosnahan‘s Turkey Travel Planner. This website is far better than any guide book out there – which makes sense since Tom wrote the original guidebook for Lonely Planet in Turkey.
Here’s is Tom’s guide to Cappadocia – this will give you pretty much everything you need to know before and during your visit here.
Anil Polat writes about getting lost above Cappadocia –
“A by product of 10 million years of volcanic activity, the Cappadocia region of Turkey was once where early Christians hid from Roman persecution. Now, the area outside of the Turkish town of Goreme sees 2.5 million tourists a year, drawn by ancient dwellings above and below ground, phallic rock formations, and famous hot air balloon rides.
The day before I hopped into a similar balloon, in one of the most popular skies in the world to do so, I was lost and wandering on top of those rock plateaus. That’s because I was following this little guy, a stray guide dog who kept running up and back along the trails in a manner my human senses translated as “follow me”.”
Also, here is the video he made to go with this great post.
Another great Cappadocia video from Duke at Captivating Cappadocia
Duke also provides many informative and interesting posts such as this Top 10 Restaurants in Cappadocia post.
Natalie Sayin is another blogger who consistantly writes great information about Turkey. Her posts about the small towns surrounding Goreme in Cappadocia are wonderful and – in particular, I enjoyed this article about the town of Avanos. Who knew there was a Wild West in Cappadocia?
This was one of my favorite pics of the week.
Derinkuyu Underground City is located in the homonymous Derinkuyu district in Nevsehir Province, Turkey. Various archaeologists started to study this fascinating underground city. They managed to get down to about 40 meters, but there are theories that the city may go to up to 85 meters. So far, only 20 floors were discovered and only 8 of them can be visited by tourists. The rest is only for the archaeologists who keep studying the city.” And here is more from on Derikuyu from Chelu.Eu
It is said that in 1963, one of the citizens of Derinkuyu took down one of the walls of his house and found a secret room he had no idea about. This room communicates with another and so on.
Michael Morris shared this photo of a cave room in Cappadocia with a view of a volcano, and his first attempt at hand blended HDR.
If you were a monk living here in the Selime Monastery in Cappadocia, Turkey, this is the lovely view you would have from your room … of the volcano. These cave dwellings carved from the rock are all as a result of the soft volcanic tuff over the whole area, which is relatively easy to carve. This particular monastery is about 800 years old.
OOM yaowabudtri shared this photo: Balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey
Underworld Kingdom of Cappadocia writes “I suppose that everyone knows rock-cut buildings from Cappadocia, but it didn’t stop me from posting some pics of them here. In Turkey, the central Anatolian highlands are home to spectacular rock formations of Cappadocia.
And of course, the wikipedia page is the source of these images, and the story of the region http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cappadocia
So if you are ever in Turkey… of course you must come here. Add it to your bucket list.
And something completely different – a great video of the underground city beneath Cappadocia in Turkey which was made by Aliens!
IPI Moch shared this photo:
And, while that may be enough Cappadocia for you – I can tell you that it’s not enough for us so we’re going to head out and enjoy more of it now! That’s it for this weeks Vagobond Travel Museum though…