The Yank without a Chain standing at the entrance to a cave monastery in Cappadocia’s Red Valley
On my second day in the Cappadocia region I wanted to hike around some of the valleys, observe the rock formations close up and get some good exercise. After only an hour of walking around, my day was kind of hijacked by Faruk, the owner of a cafe in the park who passed by me on a motorbike. He stopped and asked where I was going and asked if I wanted a ride. I thought, “sure, why not!” thinking I’d give him a little tip for taking me to the Red Valley and then be on my way. That little ride turned into five hours of Faruk showing me different places, giving me more and more of his homemade wine, and basically refusing to let me go off on my own. It was a bit frustrating, although not quite as creepy as it might sound written out here. I finally split from Faruk when his car ran out of gas on the way to the Love Valley, although at this point it was nearly sunset so I didn’t get to do the hiking I’d wanted to do.
On the plus side, Faruk did show me some interesting places that I might not have seen otherwise, like a three-story cave monastery that opened out onto a great view of the Red Valley. I also hitched a ride with another, less persistent local to the top of the hill above the Rose Valley to get a view of the sunset.
View over Goreme National Park
Some of the rock formations in Cappadocia
The Yank without a Chain in Cappadocia
A fairy chimney in Cappadocia!
Some of the houses built into the rocks in Cappadocia
The red cliffs of Cappadocia
Some of the smooth rocks in Cappadocia
In the tunnel of a cave monastery
Sitting on the top of the cave monastery with the Red Valley in the background
Another view of the Yank without a Chain above Red Valley
Faruk, my impromptu tour guide
The appropriately named Red Valley
In a church in the Rose Valley
Another pose inside the Rose Valley church
With Faruk’s cat, Pamukk (Cotton) and his pomegranates
Something tells me Pamukk feels like a hostage, too
Views of some of the abundant vineyards in Cappadocia
Views of the Cappadocia rocks
Views of the Cappadocia region cliffs
Smooth rocks in Cappadocia at sunset
Some cave steps in an old church above the Rose Valley