We left Bedrock (Maggie – Bedrock is Fred Flintstones home town), with our faulty GPS, a tourist map with big pictures and few actual roads and another map that was completely out of proportion to explore Cappadocia. Due to our navigation difficulties we had the opportunity to see more of this grand and majestic place than we expected.
Our first planned stop was the Derinkuyu Underground City. When they say underground the mean underground. We went down 6 different levels the last one was over 100 steps down and all carved out of volcanic rock. The caves were used by ancient Christians hiding from enemy attacks. All very impressive and worth the drive. I was not claustrophobic like I was in Vietnam’s tunnels this place was massive. Most of the rooms/caves are actually quite roomy – allowing us to easily stand upright in the main rooms. The stairwells were another story however.
As we drove on we saw some of the most beautiful rock formations in Cappadocia. Eventually we came to Rose Valley and a very long set of steps down to the bottom. From the top we could see spectacular rose colored sand and numerous cave dwellings. After walking over 10 miles yesterday we opted to take a chance on a tip, that you could drive to the bottom via a switch back road a few miles further down the road. The tip turned out to be true and we walked in to the valley skipping the steps both down and back up. The Valley has some alluring rock formations that you have to see to believe. Of course we climbed up one of the walls and into a few of the caves to explore.
As we worked our way back to our hotel, we came across a spot that felt like we had entered the set of a Star Wars movie. Jake thinks it was a back drop in the 4th star wars movie, the home planet of Luke.
From this point we made our way back to our hotel, but not by the most direct route as we still could not find our way very well.
We had a great dinner in town before calling it a night around 12:00. If all goes well tomorrow we should be able to see this place from the basket of a hot air balloon along with about 100 other balloon – Should be a sight!