Monthly Archives: February 2017

Cappadocia: SPINNING THE WHEEL OF POTTERY (13)
Cappadocia: SPINNING THE WHEEL OF POTTERY (13)

The town of Avanos is located 15 kilometers from Nevsehir. In antiquity the place was called Vanessa, which is „the town on the river“ in Latin. People here made ceramic objects, pitchers, plates, large jars and other household utensils. Today, the locals still carry out this ancient tradition and the town is famous for terracotta products. (more…)

Cappadocia: JESUS HOLDING THE APPLE (12)
Cappadocia: JESUS HOLDING THE APPLE (12)

Coming towards Goreme signs of tourism are to be seen more often. Stalls with postcards, small souvenir statues, scarves, frippery of all kind and among all this – Turkish ice cream. We went up the hill from which the fairy chimneys peek out, full of holes as if they were invaded by ants. But here, behind these small holes, the churches are built in the caves. Some of them host greatly preserved frescoes while in others there are only traces of them. (more…)

Cappadocia: BOUTIQUE DE PARIS IN THE MIDDLE OF UCHISAR (11)
Cappadocia: BOUTIQUE DE PARIS IN THE MIDDLE OF UCHISAR (11)

Even though in the valley of those charming fairy chimneys Cappadocia is well known for, the village of Uchisar seems like any other small town in Turkey.

It is famous for its castle. It’s actually one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cappadocia. Houses were build around the castle, but because of the increasing population and erosion, in time, habitation moved towards the lower parts of the valley, leaving the citadel in the middle of the town. The citadel has a large cave inside and the three different tunnels leading to it. However, some of these have collapsed and are filled with stones and soil. (more…)

Cappadocia: THE PLACE YOU CANNOT SEE (10)
Cappadocia: THE PLACE YOU CANNOT SEE (10)

The territory of Cappadocia is divided into several areas that differ by color and composition, different in shapes of “fairy chimneys” that sprout from the earth. (more…)

Cappadocia: BIRTHPLACE OF SAINT GEORGE (9)
Cappadocia: BIRTHPLACE OF SAINT GEORGE (9)

Cappadocia was the birthplace of several saints, but the most famous among them is Saint George from the second half of the 3rd century. He was the son of wealthy Christians and when he was 20 he served in the Roman army under Diocletian. (more…)

Liebster Award for Glimpses!

Glimpses of The World blog got the Liebster Award. It was nominated less than two months since it’s been out! (more…)

Cappadocia: LAND OF BEAUTIFUL HORSES (8)
Cappadocia: LAND OF BEAUTIFUL HORSES (8)

The first glimpse of those incredible nature creations overwhelmed us after some 40 kilometers from the caravanserai. Never the less, that coffee break sure came at the right time since now we have the strength to goggle at this amazing phenomena with our mouth open! What a sight! (more…)

Cappadocia: WHEN YOU GET TO „NOWHERE“ (7)
Cappadocia: WHEN YOU GET TO „NOWHERE“ (7)

Surprisingly it didn’t take too long to get to Cappadocia from that last stop of ours – the huge caravanserai, but nevertheless we were driving for too long. After all, the bus jounced along for hours through Taurus Mountains and it seemed like all of my internal organs just shifted places! (more…)

Cappadocia: COFFEE BREAK AT CARAVAN POST (6)
Cappadocia: COFFEE BREAK AT CARAVAN POST (6)

We went for another 110 kilometers from Konya and there is still a lot of bus-jouncing to do before we reach those chimneys in Cappadocia. There is no way to remember how far it is, since all of our focus went down towards tired feet and a bit of a back pain. Never the less, Turkey is one vast land and the best way to see it is by a car or a bus. So, let’s enjoy the ride, the road signs were already showing that we were entering the Cappadocia Region after all. (more…)

Cappadocia: IMAGINE A NIGHT IN CARAVANSERAI (5)
Cappadocia: IMAGINE A NIGHT IN CARAVANSERAI (5)

Cappadocia was once on the Silk Road and hence it had to have resting places for camels, horses and people on the root. There was one on every 30 to 40 kilometers, considering the distance a camel can endure and cover on daily bases. (more…)

Cappadocia: KONYA, CRADLE OF DERVISHES (4)
Cappadocia: KONYA, CRADLE OF DERVISHES (4)

Although you have hours to go from the Antalya Riviera towards Cappadocia, there are fortunately few worthy stops along the way. It is not just a chance to stretch your legs, but the opportunity to see and learn so much. And now – entering the cradle of dervishes! (more…)

Cappadocia: WHO ARE WHIRLING DERVISHES (3)
Cappadocia: WHO ARE WHIRLING DERVISHES (3)

People usually know something about whirling dervishes – they have seen some entertainment inspired by this order in Turkey or Egypt restaurants, Middle Eastern countries etc, but they are way more then that. Before I was planning to visit Turkish town of Konya in Central Anatolian region (on my way to Cappadocia), the only thing I “knew” about them was that there is an “ancient weird dressing” order, “somewhere” in the world, “whose followers get in some kind of trans” while spinning around. Could not even imagine what an astonishing philosophy lies beneath this seemingly “tourist attraction”! (Read more about it in the next follow up.) (more…)

Cappadocia: AT THE FOOT OF TAURUS MOUNTAIN (2)
Cappadocia: AT THE FOOT OF TAURUS MOUNTAIN (2)

If wondrous Cappadocia in Turkey is on you bucket list, prepare to take a long ride. Not sure if it’s more distant to come from the west (from the Aegean Sea and Istanbul), or from the southern Mediterranean. Perhaps the best way is to go from Ankara and then still spend hours and hours on the road. (more…)

Cappadocia: FIRST STOP ANTALYA (1)
Cappadocia: FIRST STOP ANTALYA (1)

On the way to Cappadocia Turkey, our first stop was Antalya, charming town at the foot of Taurus Mountains with lovely beach and cozy marina. Being there for couple of days, didn’t just want to lie on the beach, but rather to stroll along the coast. There was a mound to be seen from Antalya’s Marina, while the beach was on the opposite side. They told us that the famous Ataturk Park stretches in the middle. (more…)

The surreal CAPPADOCIA!

The whole month is about the Orient! We are traveling there through unique travel stories or Glimpses on the blog, to see the famous Cappadocia in Central Anatolia province of Turkey. We’re off from Antalya at the Southern coast, stopping by Konya and Sultanhan, and then enjoying the view of the famous natural wonders of the so called “fairy chimneys”! (more…)

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