Tuesday, August 10, 2010

THE ROCK FORMATIONS OF CAPPADOCIA

Since I got so much response with Oh's and Ah's  regarding the landscape of Cappadocia I decided to tell a bit more about this incredible unique and magical place, with a few words and more pictures.
 I will divide it into some parts. I would like to show the underground rock cities and churches of the early Christians, a hike to the gorgeous Ihlara Valley, the town of Goereme with the awesome Kelebek Hotel where we stayed, the Pigeon Valley. Today I just let the rocks and formations speak!
This area near Goereme is proudly called by locals Love Valley... with its bare phallus shaped rock pinnacles the name explains itself. This is an easy stroll through wonderful gardens of quinces and pears and through beautiful vine yards, littered with hundreds of those columns.
There are more valleys named according to the colors of the rocks: White Valley, Honey Valley, Red Valley...
 How about a Djinn looking down on you?
Or a camel watching over the place?
Cappadocia is located in Central Turkey, in eastern Anatolia. Basically it consists of a more than 1000 m high plateu with peaks of rocks in fairytale like formations sticking out.


This marvelous nature wonder was formed by volcanic eruptions, a river by the name of Kizilirmak and erosion through wind and rain. 

Or maybe by fairies, witches, trolls and gnomes?


8 comments:

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

LOL, Yael...this is one of the most magical places I've seen in photos! I would be so lucky to walk down that path...full of awe!

Bernstein said...

Was für herrliche Bilder von einem verzauberten Ort. Das wirkt alles unglaublich mystisch und kraftvoll. Alles hat eine überaus starke Ausstrahlung und beim Betrachten bekommt man wirklich Sehnsucht.

Michelle said...

OMG Yael I am so impressed,
I can feel the Spirit!!!!
I wish I could be there and catch that inspiration :D

aurorafedora said...

AWESOME!!

Susan aka Suzula said...

What an amazing place! Wonderful photos! Thanx for sharing...

Eva said...

If I believed in a divine creator, I would say: there can't be anything wrong with love if he/she put up these sculptures as in the Love Valley.

Yael said...

Oiii Eva, you made me laugh and then smile!!!!

Dawn, Michelle, Inbar, Joanne, Eva and Susan - thank you so much for your lovely comments - they are like pralines and shoulder pats - so lovely and very welcome, for we are all human and like a little attention and feedback and praise and "Streicheleinheiten" - and yes, I am no exception!!
And I thank all the others too: Vered, Jill, Elisa, Mary, Saskia, Hilde, Sheva, Noam, Damjana, Tanja, there are more, all of you: thank you, it is always nice to hear from you! And all the others who enjoy my blog, Thank you for visiting and taking an interest!! I love writing this blog and it is my friend Vered who brought me to it!

Yael said...

Oh, and you see I forget to say:
This blog would not be much without the wonderful photos my husband contributes!