" Our arrival in Cappadocia was met with that rarest of Turkish conditions: rain. I was excited for the first 15 seconds before remembering I had nothing prepared for a downpour and ran inside behind Rebecca."
Very Fancy Fruit Squash
"The steamed buns were good, the lemon chicken noodles stayed light, and the peach juice was amazing."
Outskirts of Göreme
"The restaurant did seem out of place when set against the dusty, rocky surroundings."
"There wasn’t much time in the day left for anything other than catching the sunset, and it was spectacular."
Couple on the Ridge
"The rain clouds had broken up to create a colourful textured sky."
"The way the light shafts forked between the cliffs and crags made ever-expanding, ever-dulling spotlights."
Just over the Ridge
"We tried unsuccessfully to find a supposed hidden church which I suppose was rather appropriate."
"We paused for a while on some rocks to listen to the night come alive around us. It was another instance of supreme serenity on this trip; a warm evening in dynamic surroundings accompanied by no other sounds than the native nightlife."
"11th August, we went to visit the Open-Air Museum UNESCO World Heritage Site, a particularly well-preserved example of the 3rd/ 4th century Christians’ endeavours to hide in the hills."
Benches or Baths?
"It baffles me how they managed out carve out so many rooms and passages so far above the ground seemingly without any way of getting up there. It would have taken a lot of scaffolding for sure."
Up the Sides
"There must hundreds of cave villages in this region, and thousands of frescos."
"The eyes of saints were scratched out where they couldn’t be removed wholesale, and every wall was caked in ochre graffiti."
"Maybe it was out of spite rather than zealotry that caused the destructive acts. "
They Tried Their Best
"Iconoclastic iconography, where it replaced the masterpieces of earlier centuries, had the same skill-level as my doodles of dogs (which is to say, not very good at all)."
A Place to Eat
"There are tables, benches, stairs, and chairs in the buildings carved out of living stone. "
"I am in love with the idea that you can easily stumble across places like this throughout Cappadocia."
"You’d feel like an old-timey explorer discovering the ruins of a vanished civilisation."
On the Way
"After it stopped raining, we left the coffee shop to carry on up the hill out of town."
"It was late in the afternoon by this point, but the days are long for the moment."
Notice the Hill in the Background
" Göreme is flanked on two sides by a small hill, and it was one side of this that we proceeded upwards past increasingly expensive hotels, which all had variations of “__ cave hotel” as their name. Some were better managed than others."
"We had plenty of time before it got dark, and anyway we were young and cool and full of energy."
"Rebecca swiped some under-ripe grapes from an ankle-level vine which we shared. I couldn’t do more than chew and cringe as the bitterness hit, but Rebecca seemed to do fine."
"I petted them and I loved them, as did Rebecca. It was probably the greatest experience of my life."