Kapadokya with the FamFam

The trip to Kapadokya with my family was fantastic!  We stayed at an adorable little place in Goreme.   The owner was incredible helpful.  He steered us to some really wonderful small family owned restaurants where we had some truly incredible food.  I even went back to one of them later and learned how to make Turkish Manti (ravioli).

Showing my parents the incredible rock formations, with their amazing natural properties and unbelievable carvings and churches was really wonderful.  I was so excited to share my favorite parts of my new country with my Famfam.

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We stayed in a lovely hotel which had a great view of the valley of Goreme.

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We had two rooms on slightly different levels.  The rooms themselves were carved into the rock walls of the fairy chimneys.

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We shared a balcony which worked out very nicely for post hiking cocktails.

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My parents were game for all kinds of hiking and tromping.  We climbed hills and rocks, looking for the best views.

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This visit to Kapadokya we actually had time to hike in Ihlara valley.  This is a valley about 45 minutes away from Goreme.  To enter the valley you have to climb down about 400 steps because the valley walls are made of sheer rock cliffs.  Into these cliffs thousands of year ago people had carved large and elaborately decorated churches complete with vivid frescos.  There are also many cave-dwellings carved into the rock as well.

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We hiked from the halfway down the valley to the end and saw several lovely churches and lots of cave dwellings.

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We also managed to visit a few wineries and take advantage of the regions other natural attractions.

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Rockin’ Times in Turkey!

So my second wedding (to the same man in two months) is coming up.  My parents flew in to Turkey for the wedding and decided since they were in the country to take advantage of the situation.  We have taken two road trips, one to Kapadokya and one to the Black Sea Region.   We have been having a blast since my parents are awesome.

I have already posted about Kapadokya, but will again soon since this time we went to different hotels, museums and restaurants.  It was also really great to see my parents experience the amazing landscape for the first time.   They also were able to share some new things with me.

My parents are early risers, so without them I never would have seen this.

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Yes, I am standing barefoot in my pajamas.  It was 6 am.  My parents had seen the hot air balloons coming down at sunrise and pounded on my door until I stumbled out of bed to see what the hell was going on.

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It really was amazing, if a little bit chilly in my pjs.

They still like me…I think

I Stabbed their son!
Well, poked him a little, with a knife. The secret is out. I am clumsy. We were eating fruit after dinner, a common practice. Delicious, and pleasant. However, the practice includes fruit plates and sharp knives, in case we would like to cut the fruit up instead of barbarically tearing pieces off with our teeth. I will stick to the barbaric, I like that my nose gets covered in sticky juice when I eat a piece of fruit. It reminds me that it was tasty and juicy. And I won’t stab my fiance with a knife. It was not on purpose, however, I think it still hurt, him at least. And now my image is tarnished. At least he did not bleed, alot.