Friday, February 13, 2015

Cappadocia (Turkey) - Underground City of Kaymakli & Goreme Open-Air Museum


Hot Air Balloon Ridestopover at "Avanos Town" and lunch at "Uranos Sarikaya" underground restaurant which draws bus loads of tour groups. Here the way to the dining area is the walk through the cave. We sat at the pre-booked dining area and food, also pre-booked. Now before food came by, a little commotion because some tour buddies insisted seating together and the good ones accommodated by switching places. Strange I thought because we have been travelling together for the 6 days now and people still prefer clicking together instead of going with the flow. Anyway, I counted my blessings. I sat with friendly happy people and we happily ate in this slightly dimmed large restaurant with prompt service and music.

Lunch opened up with lentil soup, option between the grilled fish with cumin rice and Turkish style spaghetti for the main and pistachio baklava for dessert.



I opted for fish. So glad I did - tasty and simply loved. The lentil soup was delicious too - thick and creamy but slightly cold when served. Baklava equally appreciated though Turkish desserts as always overly sweet. Overall, a satisfying meal. After lunch, we arrived at  the "Underground City of Kaymakli" - the widest cave city in Cappadocia, opened to visitors in 1964.
Around the nearly one hundred tunnels, the people of Kaymakli village constructed their houses and use the most convenient places inside as cellars, storage areas and stables accessed through their courtyards. This city consists of eight floors below ground but only four organized around the ventilation shafts are open to the public today. Earlier, we were told to consider going underground through the low, narrow and sloping passages that may lack oxygen. Well, clearly seen, everyone the brave souls including myself in a single row, bend, squat and tilt the head and body from one section to the other. And............... we came out in one piece strong as ever.

The next and last stop for the day was at "Goreme Open-Air Museum" - one of Turkey's UNESCO World Heritage Sites which holds the best collection of painted cave-churches. Also,, the medieval orthodox Christian monks (1000-1200 AD) carved the caves from the soft volcanic stones and decorated them with elaborate Byzantine frescoes depicting the Bible.  




  

Next - back to Istanbul.

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13 comments:

  1. The underground restaurant and tunnel seems very interesting! Glad to see you had fun :)

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  2. Wow, eight floors underground! That's amazing! And the food looks great!

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  3. Amazing...Both food & the places you've visited...Nice info...

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  4. Having lunch in a cave thats one of a kind experience. I am sure u enjoyed the Turkish cuisine too.

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  5. Food and place both looks great. Amazing experience, I would love to visit this place. :)

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  6. Walking through a cave wud be a fantastic experience and food pics are tempting... :)

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  7. Turkey looks so interesting by your pics & description... I dont knw much abt Turkish food bt it looks yummy frm what i see :)

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  8. wow, that cave castle is so interesting, u always visit the best places :)
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  9. It sure looks like an interesting place. and wow HOT air balloon ride..sounds fun

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  10. I've been travelling a bit lately too, and sometimes seeing the same group of people for too long can start to make things go downhill haha. The underground restaurant sounds so cool!! :)

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  11. amazing experience it must have been...lucky you...

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  12. Oh, I know I am going to love that kind of food! Lovely pictures. I had read about the underground living but actually being there must have been a fascinating experience.

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