We arrived in Cappadocia expecting to see the beautiful landscape, fairy chimneys, and rock formations. We saw all of that, of course, but thanks to our cousins Lynn and Taylor Keith, we saw much, much more! They are currently in the midst of a one month tour of Europe and fortunately, their trip took them to Cappadocia at the same time as us. As a wedding present, they very generously treated us to a night at the Museum Hotel, a memorable cave hotel in Neveshir. We met them in time for a lovely breakfast overlooking the landscape and then set off with a private guide to tour the area. The highlights included:
-- an underground city that was 8 stories deep and complete with living rooms, a winery, kitchen, water well/ventilation shaft, and, of course, lots of spear holes to fend off the attacking army. (Further evidence supporting our above “notes on ancient civilizations” entry.)
--a pottery studio where Taylor proved he should keep his day job
--a carpet making factory where we all discovered a love and appreciation of carpets we didn’t know we had.
But of course, the absolute highlight was spending time with Lynn and Taylor, whose generosity was only exceeded by their excellent company and entertaining stories of their travels. We can’t thank them enough.