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Uçhisar (Cappadocia continued)

This gigantic termite hill is called a castle, although, clearly, it is not a castle as we know it.

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Uçhisar is situated at the highest point in the region, just 7 km from Nevşehir (the city where it is virtually impossible to buy alcohol). The castle and its surroundings used to be the most populated area of this settlement. However, when the population increased, the danger caused by the erosion became greater and the people moved away.

The top of the citadel provides a magnificent panorama. It was … continue reading

Two days in Cappadocia – Çavuşin basecamp

Cappadocia – an area  southeast of Ankara famous for its moonscape or rather striking geological features. Cappadocia owes its look to milions of years of erosion forming exquisite shapes in the volcanic rock.

My basecamp in Cappadocia was in a small village of Çavuşin, which was unexpectedly small and empty. Only a few tourists could be spotted riding horses or quads.

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Çavuşin is a small and peaceful villlage. I felt a little out of place. Women can be spotted working in the yard or garden wearing traditional Turkish headscarves and loose pantalon. Men sit reading papers, drinking tea, smoking … continue reading

The Road and the Roadside

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2500 kilometres behind the wheel were difficult for both the driver and the passenger. Especially the stretch between Cappadocia and Konya which for the Polish looked like a desert or even a different plant. Vast areas scarcely inhabited with little or no trees, not to mention the forests. Only when approaching Pamukkale the landscape started to change and some trees appeared on the horizon. And when approaching Izmir, a real luxury, wineyards! Thousands of them! It must be the region where they produce raisins and local … continue reading

Konya – Rumi’s spirit and fashion bashing

I’ve been wanting to visit Konya since I finished The Forty Rules of Love.

I felt I somehow know the person of Rumi and Shams of Tabriz (if you know what I mean).

When sharing my plan with others, I actually was faced with surprise and disbelief. Konya? They said – there’s nothing there.

I couldn’t understand what they meant but… I had to see for myself. No one will tell me what to see or not!

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 İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi 

The walk starts with the Independence Memorial. The tourist … continue reading

A Road Trip

An idea for a holiday I decided to entertain.

Luckily, mine did not finish like most of the American horrors where the hotel owner turns out to be a psycho chasing the guests with a chainsaw ;) through the corn field.

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The trip took a week and allowed me to visit a big chunk of Turkey: Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale and Izmir.

Altogether it took over 2500 kilometers by car, but guess what, I wasn’t driving :)

Sneak peeks for now. A more … continue reading