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Land of Fairy Chimneys | Cappadocia, Turkey

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In this post, we’re visiting one of my favorite corners of Planet Earth. This amazing place somehow still flies under the radar to the Western part of the world and it seems like only Koreans have discovered its secret. (Unbeknownst to us, 75% of the visitors here were Korean, prompting this remote Turkish area to open Korean restaurants and spas.) I love this place for its uniqueness and otherworldliness that is unparalleled to anything else I’ve experienced previously.

Cappadocia is a region in central Turkey known for it’s strange landscapes, notably the “fairy chimneys” that rise out of the land in curious forms. They are caused by some geological phenomenon process that that I would not be able to explain eloquently and will chalk up to: rocks.

The region is made up of several small towns. We stayed in the small, but popular town of Göreme which consisted mostly of small shops hawking their carpet wares, small hotels and hostels, and restaurants serving up clay pots of local meat dishes.

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Wee stayed at an amazing cave hotel, Cappadocia Cave Suites, which we cannot recommend enough. As the name suggests, the luxurious rooms are built into the cave itself and topped off with charming Turkish details.

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best part was opening the window and seeing the the sky fill with hot air balloons every morning
best part was opening the window and seeing the the sky fill with hot air balloons every morning

There are several ways to take in the sights around this area, including guided tours, ATV rides through the Rose Valley and Rose Valley, and of course the magical hot air balloons rides over the landscapes.

our tour guide (affectionately dubbed Comic Book Guy) introducing the Ürgüp Three Beauties
our tour guide (affectionately dubbed Comic Book Guy) introducing the Ürgüp Three Beauties
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newlyweds in Love Valley

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It is impossible to visit Turkey without seeing these blue talismans, symbols that ward off the “evil eye”, or an unfriendly stare from a jealous person that is meant to cause bad luck.
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We also spent some time sampling the local Turkish foods and doing some shopping. There were lots of speciality shops selling kilim rugs, but the process of bargaining is quite intimidating. Unfortunately, I had to walk away without a coveted kilim on this trip.

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Stay tuned for an upcoming post dedicated to seeing Cappadocia from the sky.

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  1. Beautiful photos.

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