When I left on my journey to Europe and Asia I had a sense that it would be an adventure but no idea that the trip would begin to feel like an exhilarating scene out of a Mission Impossible movie. As we explored Turkey, we lived in the moment, sometimes hitchhiking when no other transport was available and
- Blue Mosque – Istanbul Turkey
later renting a scooter to traverse the small towns of Cappodoccia where we offroaded through the hilly countryside and traversed narrow ledges high up on cliffs.. .
But don’t let me give you the wrong impression about Turkey’s transportation options. Of course other modes of transporation are available in the more populated areas and we took advantage of all of them from airplanes and boats to trains and taxis.
In Istanbul most people reside in flats or apartments because of the large number of people residing there and often have furniture that does double duty such as a sofa/ chair that transforms into a recliner with storage underneath or a table that’s expandable.
Drapes are mounted on traverse systems over the windows and turkish rugs abound throughout the flats and businesses being used on everything from floor rugs and wall hangings to upholstery along with fabulous textiles and bold pottery that adds a spicy flavor to the decor.
Goreme in the Cappadoccia region
But my absolute favorite interiors were found in the Cappadoccia region where we flew in to discover homes carved out of hardened volcanic lava that jutted up from the ground like pillars or castles. Years ago monks had carved these structures into homes with multiple rooms complete with openings for doors, windows and more. Incredible!
After climbing for hours and squealing with delight at each new discovery whether it was three stories of carved rooms or a domed vaulted ceiling (see above) we finally returned to eat at an outside restaurant along the cobbled streets and retired to our cave hotel we dreams of more adventures to come.
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