Are we Exploring Outer Space ?

The last few days we have had a great time in Cappadocia, a region of Turkey that feels more like you have landed on another planet, but we haven’t – we have actually arrived in Central Turkey.

You can read about it here.

It is a weird and somewhat freaky place. It is like a giant adventure playground for both kids and adults, though kids need supervision, as it can be slippery with the soft formations.

Also, we need to consider protecting this environment and having responsible tourism, so others enjoy it later.

(For those following my journey, I omitted to upload this page yesterday, but it comes BEFORE the Safranbolu trip ….. Read on.

Safranbolu will be uploaded after this).

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – fairy chimney

Here is a map so you can see where we are.

Exploring Outer Space? This is Cappadocia

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – it looks like outer space

There were old monasteries and churches, and this one you need to get a boost up by a strong man – it has slippery stone carved out steps etched into the stone side wall and is a story high.

We saw grown men get stuck on the 2nd level as they climbed up and couldn’t jump down. You could sprain an ankle easily – or worse.

So I wouldn’t let Explorason go up, much to his disappointment.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – Cave Houses, churches and monasteries

You might ask – how were these formed?

Volcanic eruption occurred – this area has numerous (now inactive) volcanoes around, and so when they erupted, the formations occurred, leaving the rocks perched on the top.

Coupled with wind erosion, we have these fabulous space like formations.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – another stop shows eroded necks

You can stand on the side of the hill and see this – it is incredibly breathtaking.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – the land takes on a ripple formation

We are alone in what feels like outer space.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – each area is different

There are about 3 or 4 main areas you can easily tour.

All close by to Goreme and this place was one of my favorites. The rock formed a line and it looked like it had been ‘stuck’ to the top.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – layers of rock on the top

Check out this incredible rock here.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – these are called chimney stacks, and rocks balance on the top

The rock has natural erosion allowing our feet to climb.

But be aware some areas are not safe, and really slippery.

A child could fall, so it is not really suitable to climb with little ones in some places.

Most areas have pathways suitable for small children.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – natural footholds

We arrive at the top area, but I didn’t feel safe to walk any further.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – we reach the top!

As we leave the area below, this camel goes to attack me. It wasn’t a spit – he went to actually bite me, and he was really, really fast. He was very unhappy!  I’ve never seen Explorason move so fast.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – this camel went to attack me & his mouth nearly bit me

We drive on and spot more of the balancing rocks.  We stop the car again.  It is just incredible to see these formations.

Don’t forget if you visit that you get to see the carved out homes and caves in the town areas too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia -Nevşehir

We spy another camel.  This area was on the caravan trail for Asia to Europe. The camel trains came down from the Black Sea as one main route.  It is worth learning about this great trade route too if you come.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – a hairy camel

There are so many places to see, towns to explore, and underground cities to climb down.

We’ve been blogging the last few days on them, so take a look here.

A great way to see it from the air is a hot air balloon flight too.

You could easily spend five days of solid exploring around here.

We hope you enjoy reading about our world journey. We are now in our third year of world-schooling, exploring and having fun seeing this amazing world God created.  We will never see it all, but we can see some, and we try to find interesting places, not just the touristy places too.

We aim to encourage others that they too can travel, and have a full and happy life with their children. We aim to teach about world-schooling through immersed & physical learning.

And if you can’t travel, well you can live vicariously through our adventures.

Please share our blog.  Exploramum and Explorason thank you.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Goreme and region, Cappadocia – fairy chimney stacks

Questions and Comments

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