Cappadocia:

 

The final region we visited in Turkey was called Cappadocia. It is located in the middle of Turkey. Cappadocia is not as fresh and green as the Izmir region. The terrain is sandier like Arizona. Also, the hills are different. Instead of rolling, green hills or snow-capped mountains, the hills consist of rock formations. In some parts these rock formations are jagged and sharp. Water sinks into the rocks and gets eroded by the wind that cuts in where the water sits. Because of this particular landscape, Cappadocia is famous for their caves. We actually got to stay in a cave hotel. It was a once in a lifetime experience. The rooms were built into the hillside. All the walls were cave walls. My door opened up onto a share porch with a few other doors. The view from there overlooked the small town we were staying in. it is not uncommon to see houses, store, or mosques partially built into the rocky landscape as well. As a result, the interior of these places stays relatively cool. Also, Cappadocia is famous for their hot air balloon rides. The only downside is that a person has to wake up very early to ride in the balloons. The wind picks up throughout the day, so an afternoon balloon ride is out of the question.

One of the most interesting things we saw in this particular region was an underground city. It is the largest underground cities in the Cappadocia region. We went about four floors underground, but the city itself extended much deeper than that. They had wineries, stables, cellars, and storage rooms. People wouldn’t necessarily live down there. It was used mostly for storage and protection. If these people were ever under attack, they would take cover in the underground city. This was a very hard place for enemies to attack successfully. However, if a person suffers from claustrophobia, it is recommended that they sit this activity out. 

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