Our first morning we headed out about 5:30 am as we were awake anyway and headed up. We did not know where to go as we just got in at 10:00 pm the night before. So we walked up. We hit a place that has nice views and we saw the sun coming up and the balloons in the sky. Sally saw the ridge on the far end of town with people on it so we headed there. It was a 10 minute walk. It was sunset place. Sunrise works too and we spent the next hour taking pictures of the sunrise and the balloons.
We went back for breakfast and then headed to the Goreme open air museum. This really shows you how the caves were inside. The churches, the cave churches had some of the best preserved frescos I have seen in my travels. They were outstanding. Although some were damaged with the usual eyes being scratched out, some were perfectly preserved. The color and the intactness were amazing to see. There were a few churches and two had excellent frescos. A few others did not fair so well.
We went to see a couple of the valleys in the area. Love Valley in particular have some formations that some found very interesting. Pigeon Valley has a path from Uchisar to Goreme, but we were only able to follow for the first 2 kilometers before it was damaged and unpassible. It was outstanding seeing the valley sides and formations from below. We had three days here and did not take a balloon ride, but everyone we spoke to who had done it said it was fantastic. We were still out of sorts with the time changes and travel schedule. We would fall asleep at 3:00 pm and wake up for hours at 10:00 pm and then be up at 5:00 am again.
We attempted to get through one of the underground cities. We took the bus for the trip and waited in the line. Once inside we were walking through and down for a few hundred meters and then we hit the line. We were stopped for about 5 minutes not moving forward. I could see through to the lower level and they had not move either. I made the call to turn around. We had to push our way through some people, but we went out through the in door. As soon as we exited the structure it started raining. We headed back to the bus line and back to Goreme. We knew it would be a rainy day so we headed back to the hotel and chilled. We really liked the laid back feel of Goreme and Cappadocia.
We have been able to arrange a gullet cruise through V-Go Yachting and Travel. We will send 7 days on a boat along the Turkish coast visiting towns, ruins and empty coves. We wanted to do this back in 2012, so we did not want to miss this opportunity. I will tell you about it in a couple weeks. Now we are in Antalya for 5 days before we head to Fethiye for the cruise.
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