Oh I’ve found a little slice of heaven right here in Turkey. And it’s called Goreme. After extending my visit, I left the village. Only to return a day and half later. Then extended my visit again. It was THAT fabulous.
So what was it that made this place so special?
I was lucky to do quite a few hikes. My top hikes/walks:
Ilhara Valley, the amazing valley is home to some amazing rock formations, caves and churches.
The Love Valley and continue to the White Valley and find a spot for a picnic and enjoy the view.
And my absolute favourite, the Pigeon Valley. The gorgeous rock formations and the absolute silence. A special hike!
While I’m not typically a fan of guided tours, the Green Tour, offered all around town by several agents and hotel concierges, is an exception. This full-day tour took us through an underground city where Christians living in the area hid for several months from the enemies, on a walk through the valley, before saving the best for last, a monastery.
One of the best things about travelling is the people you meet along the way. Fellow travellers, locals and expats. But this time I met some amazing people who shared their touching stories with me, allowing me to peek in to another world that I had only read about in newspapers and novels. And fascinated I was. We shared stories over several cups of tea, and lattes.
After living in Marrakech, where life is non-stop, staying in a quiet village was a pleasant change. It gave me a chance to relax. And enjoy the scenery.
Needless to say, it was a tearful good-bye.