Turkey Trip: Days 6 & 7 – Konya & Cappadocia

Combined these two days as Day 6 was incredibly uneventful. In the morning of Day 6 we left Antalya for Konya, stopping by the Mevlana Mosque.

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There were a lot of artifacts on display but photography was not allowed.

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We had lunch in a caravanserai, converted into a restaurant. Caravanserais were vital in supporting the Silk Road in the past. Then, it was a 6 hour bus ride to Cappadocia, stopping at another hotel for two nights. Our stay in Cappadocia was also one of the most enjoyable parts of the trip.

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Some of us signed up for an optional tour, left the hotel close to 6am in a minibus and were treated to this sight, where we would later join the balloons in the sky.

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The balloon ride was optional but we couldn’t bear to give up on this opportunity.

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Too bad we were one of the later groups so there were fewer balloons in the sky by then. The staff said that there were two rounds of balloon flights and we were going for the second.

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When we took to the skies it was 7am.

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The scenery was breathtaking.

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I’m just going to dump a few more photos taken while on the balloon.

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And of course, the famous Fairy Chimneys.

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Later in the morning after our balloon trip we visited an underground city in Kaymakli, where a bunch of aunties in the tour group started singing prayers – I think they got scared of the darkness and the claustrophobic tunnels.

We were then taken to a pottery showcase, another one of those tourist rip-off places with lots of ridiculously expensive ornate pottery.

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And then lunch at Goreme where we had more photo-taking opportunities. I tried a panorama of the rock formations there. Didn’t notice the choppy gaps until I uploaded the picture though heh.

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We also went to the Goreme Open Air Museum, visiting places like the Apple Church and Dark Church where you could see the frescoes inside. Entry to the Dark Church required an extra fee, but since I do not read the Bible (the New Testament, at least) many of the depictions were kinda lost on me until I read the explanations. It was also interesting to see many of the faces in the depictions missing, remnants from the Iconoclastic Period.

In the evening after dinner we had our only night trip where we went to a restaurant to watch traditional Turkish performances. Apparently our seats had drinks included; I tried a bit of the Turkish traditional Raki drink and it’s like an aniseed flavoured vodka or something.

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We were not allowed to take photos of the whirling dervishes during their performance, but they deliberately posed for a short moment for photos at the end. After them were a variety of Turkish folk dances, Egyptian Tanoura dance (I think) and the highlight of the evening, belly dancing but we kinda left halfway as it was quite late already.

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