Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The place was smelly because they keep their animals and feed in there. Once inside, and a light shone on the ceiling revealed there was a church here, dug into the rocky hillside, it resembled a free standing basilica except this was carved into the rock. It was so amazing to see it. I've never seen anything like this before. Many of the other cave houses could be hiding chapels and churches like this also. The Turkish government will confiscate property having Byzantine churches. The only way one can see this and a few others is to hire guides who specialise in this kind of tour, not the locals. The locals are Muslims and couldn't care less and the local owners wouldn't trust their own people either. Our guide is one of a kind and I don't know of another like him in Cappadocia.
We knew we were in for a huge treat. Stay on this site for more exciting stories.
Monday, November 29, 2010
I was laying down on my couch watching TV last week as the sun was setting. I can watch from the couch and it was a beautiful sunset. Not bad. Not bad at all.
We've arranged to meet our guide at our hotel but he wasn't there when we arrived. I told the hotel people where we were going so that when our guide comes looking for us, he'd know where to find us. Indeed that was he found us as we watch the sunset together. More about him later.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
We spent 3 whole days, climbing, crawling and hiking here but still only explored a very small area of this vast place called Cappadocia that is even mentioned in the New Testament. We will be spending considerable time here in this blog. There is so much to cover but alas I could only scratch the surface on this trip. I plan to return in June 2011.