Monday, September 28, 2015

Images from our Turkish experience...


Some images from our recent Turkish "adventure"...
This is the MDC Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.
Highly recommended for food, staff and the resident pets.


Part of the MANY sandstone formations in Cappadocia


It is a photographers paradise!
Even if you have to climb to the top of a formation to get "that" shot.


They look like Smurf homes don't they?
Or something from Lord of the Rings.
They are to be found in the Derent Valley


All the camels that I came across looked well fed and in good condition.


If you look at the size of the person,
it will give you some perspective as to how vast the vista is.


At the open air museum...Goreme


Some of the murals inside the stone churches at the museum.
Unfortunately, many of them were defaced prior to the area
being declared a museum.
Why people want to carve their names into EVERYTHING
I have no idea.


Looking out over the valley from Esentepe,
one of the panoramic view sites


Time to head off on a morning hike through the Red Valley
A great way to discover the landscape, and not too taxing


From the inside of what was an old rock cut church.
It was later turned into a Dove Cote...
but is now only used by some wild birds


Be aware...public toilets cost money!
So have the 1/2 TL handy...or find the nearest restaurant
and buy a cup of coffee...and use their facilities.
I did use "private" toilets on a couple of occasions
and I was never denied access or asked for money.
This one was in Cavusin (a Greek village)


Don't be chicken when it come to bartering...


There is so much "imported" touristy mementos,
that it pays to shop around and check for the labels.


Something we did not do but should have.
A balloon ride in Cappadocia.
But at $150.00 per person it was expensive...


A visit to the Grand Bazaar is a must.
However, we where there when there were cruise ships in port
and it makes shopping very difficult.
There are smaller, more select markets in Istanbul
where shopping is actually a pleasure.


I think that every major city should have these...


Our penultimate meal in Istanbul.
A Donner Kebab...and they hid the chips inside.
Very tasty and a recommended meal.


A favourite spot...
The fountain between the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque


Our final meal at Istanbul Airport.
It was like a folded pizza and, of course, the unambitious glass of tea
Turkey is a highly recommended tourist destination
and I intend to return in the not too distant future.

This is where we stayed during our visit to Istanbul.
The quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff was suberb


We utilized the services of Medhills Travel during our stay.
Our tour guide for our first couple of days of the tour.
Polat Korkmaz was a great guide and very patient,
considering we stopped for shopping
and photographs VERY often.
Highly recommended!
https://www.medhillstravel.com/
This is what our group had to say:
http://podcast77612.podomatic.com/entry/2015-09-13T13_54_10-07_00

Our guide for our time in Cappadocia was Oguzhan Turkoglu
He was funny, informative and he was also well versed
on the countries of the tourists that he was hosting!
Made the group feel more that just paying customers.
This is what he had to say about the region and what is on offer:
http://podcast77612.podomatic.com/entry/2015-09-16T10_09_13-07_00


Medhills Travel is an accredited member of this Agency


We stayed in this "cave hotel" in Cappadocia.
The MDC Cave Hotel is certainly different, but for all the right reasons!
Friendly staff, great accommodation and wonderful food.
Highly recommended.


This is a must do event while in Cappadocia
Visit their website:
Listen to some of the music...



         

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