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Turkey

overcast 17 °C

We flew to Cappadoccia on Wednesday morning, to the land of fairy chimneys. Arrived around 10 am and had a day of wandering around the pueblo-like town surrounded by the most bizarre land formations - felt a little like we were on a different planet - well, the one where Star Wars takes place.

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I got sick over night, and couldn't do the tour of the underground city the and all the sites but Linds took my camera and took pictures so I could pretend I was there. I was even given a Turkish name by the guide, along with all the other participants on the trip. In Turkey, I'm Aliph :)

In the morning, the balloons over Cappadoccia:
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Then the tour:
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Lindsay can't resist climbing into the old crypts. :)
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Next stop, after a night bus to the coast, was Olympos, one of my favourite places on the trip. We stayed in the famed "treehouses"; imagined as some fantastic Robinson Crusoe creation, but was actually just a bungalow - ours happened to be up a staircase at the treetop height. Good sleep, so no complaints. The best part of this place was that it was situated in a beautiful canyon known for climbing; it was a dirt road lined with backpacker's hostels, each with tree-covered yards with divans for relaxing with tea or beer. We meandered through Roman ruins on our short walk to the beach, and spent the day in the sun. (Surprisingly the only beach day of our trip)
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Our 3 day boat cruise began out of a town up the coast a bit - on an 80' wood sailboat :) Made me a little nostalgic anchored in our little bay that first night. Unfortunately, no actual sailing despite our wind. No signs of sailing either - no winches, halliards, sails.
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Discussing charts

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The Icecream boat :)

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Touring the ruins along the coast:
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So many ruins in Turkey they almost got old by the end. bad pun :P

After the boat trip: Selcuk. Stayed at Atilla's Getaway for backpackers - a small paradise.
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En route to Selcuk, we saw Pamukkale - a very strange geographical formation made from flowing mineral water:
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And behind it, a reconstructed Roman/Greek city of Hieropolis:
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Last set of ruins on the trip, and the culmination of all ruins sites: Ephesus
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Finished our tour and our trip with a wine picnic in the grass behind Ephesus:
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Posted by Meghan.Gardner 12:55 Archived in Turkey

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