Thursday, February 5, 2015

Avanos Town - Cappadocia, Turkey


Indeed the earliest rise and shine morning for the hot air balloon ride and now a short stopover at Avanos - the town famous for pottery, ceramics and blue eye stones, separated by the Kizilirmak (red) river from the rest of Cappadocia, the river the longest river in Turkey and rich with red pottery clay. Here it was basically to admire nature from the hilltop, to see those things and picturesque. This short stop was just for 15 minutes or so before we arrived at the cottage carpet factory. Educational indeed to see how the colourful treads were weaved into attractive rugs and carpets
   





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The hidden catch as usual with such tour trips is the marketing or sales to convince you and me to buy the products. For that, we were ushered to the hall and while we sipped the famous Turkey's apple tea, carpets were rolled out and spoken about.   



Albeit being told that the carpets you buy will be neatly folded and packed in a bag, I don't think there were takers. First and foremost, why would I want to pay so much and secondly, I don't like carpets because I don't have time to vacuum. My tour guide on the other hand wasn't really pleased with why I wouldn't buy. He immediately labelled me as a lazy person. Mmm!! Like I cared but I wasn't happy with his perception. Anywhere instead of sitting around angrily, I walked to the other little section where there's other things for for sale. Still, I didn't want to spend. 


Next: The underground city of Kamakli and Uchisar and The Goreme Open-Air Museum.

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21 comments:

  1. Amazing post , wish to be there :-) seeing your wonderful pictures and fun..

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  2. wow, i so want to visit this town soon
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  3. Yay, more on Turkey! Thanks so much for the interesting sight-seeing, Nava!

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  4. Some unusual photographs which are very attractive

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  5. Turkey is a place I definitely wud like to visit... lovely pics & m glad u had fun too :)

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  6. I love your photos!! You make me want to travel, like.. NOW!!! - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  7. The local craft is beautiful! And I love that blue. We have two of them on our wall. Bought them at the Int. Trade Fair here but there's nothing quite like being there!! Loved the bird pictures too!

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  8. I was hoping to see more of the hot air balloon ride pics.
    Yes every novelty tour ends with a marketing trick sadly. Sometimes our practical difficulties of maintaining such stuff falls on deaf ears.

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  9. Very informative post dear...will help me later:)Thanks for sharing:)

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  10. Beautiful pictures..Nice travel write up..

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  11. Love ur pics Nava....n the entire clicks are awesome.... :)

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  12. haha lazy lady, not u.He is wrong.loved the clicks.

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  13. Turkey is always in my travel list . nice pics :)

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  14. I love the blue-eye stone! Ahh, i had seen the carpet and rug making process during one of my tours to rajasthan and here too, the guides wanted us to buy the stuff :) The apple tea looks inviting... The pictures show you had great fun :)

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  15. Turkey is such a beautiful place, I wouldn't mind going for a nice long visit to soak in the culture :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. Thanks for sharing your Turkey holidays, Nava. Supposed to visit Turkey this coming April but due to unforeseen circumstances, have changed our destination. Have a nice day :)

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  17. I have not yet been on a hot air balloon, those blue eye stone looks attractive.

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