25th – 30th July – Bye Bye Iran, Hello Turkey

Well, I’m in Turkey now at Goreme, Cappadocia…

Before leaving Iran, I had a scare with my Turkey Visa and could have been stuck in Iran for a few days!

I noticed when checking my papers the night before leaving Iran that my Visa for Turkey was incorrect….The Passport number was wrong!…..Oh dear !!!!

How did I manage to stuff it up?…

I had been patting myself on the back thinking how clever I had been navigating through the Visa maze without a hitch then I almost fell at the last and EASIEST hurdle!

Somehow, when applying for my Turkey visa over the internet from Australia, I had transposed my Passport number….Instead of 2675 I had put in 7526…My dyslexia again!

I thought I might be able to wriggle my way through the Border but you never know how the Customs Officer is feeling…

Then Stuart to the rescue! What would i do without him?….This is the SECOND
time he has come to the rescue! (The first time was when he recreated my GPS Maps)

It turned out that Stuart had just applied for his Turkey Visa. He said it took him just 15 minutes to get the Visa….I’m sure it took me about 3 days!….. Anyway, he simply applied for a NEW Visa for me and emailed it to me…I went to an Internet cafe and printed it off…Bingo!

Now, back to the adventure!

My last day in Iran I visited a mountain Village called Kandovan Village. It is a mini Cappadocia and is quite amazing. Have a look at these pictures and later those of Turkey’s Cappadocia

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There are wall paintings of the Leaders everywhere

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Them again!

The Border was the usual drag. This time three hours

The ride in Turkey started off with a beautiful view of Mt Athos (Noah’s Ark fame) I’m sorry the photo is a bit hazy!

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I was REALLY looking forward to my first drink in nearly three weeks but shock horror, I found Eastern Turkey was as dry as Iran! NO ALCOHOL anywhere! I’m still on Chateau Fanta and Chateau L’Eau 2014

I’ll have to wait till I get to the “tourist belt’ which begins at Cappadocia (Central Turkey)

I meet Stuart in Fethiye on the Mediterranean Coast on 6th so I have a bit of time so I decided to go up to the Black Sea to Tranzon.

It was a lovely ride through the mountains….a bit like Switzerland with Mosques!

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The Mosques are different here with narrow Minarets

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Tranzon and this part of the Black Sea is very disappointing. Tranzon itself is a seedy Port The beaches are all rocks and not attractive.

I’ve heard that the Black Sea Coast is great….Just not here!

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The redeeming feature is 45K away in the Mountains…The Sumela Monastery

Unfortunately  I got there on the Ramazan Bayrami Holiday (Celebrating the end of Ramadan) and it was closed till the afternoon. I couldn’t wait. A pity, but the view of the building is amazing. How did they build it way up there in the mountains

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The Monastery is over 1500 years old and was built during the Byzantine era. It clings to the face of a cliff. Amazing

I treated myself to a 4 Star Hotel in Sivas…The Hotel cost about $65. (still no beer or wine available!)

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By the way…A TRAVEL TIP…DON’T VISIT IRAN OR TURKEY (certainly not East Turkey) in Ramadan!……Most Cafe’s and Restaurants are closed during the day and you can’t usually eat till sunset around 9.00 pm. I was unable even to get a cup of tea on the road!

Cappadocia, Turkey

I have to say Cappadocia one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever visited. The only way to describe it is through photos.

I feel reaching Cappadocia is a double landmark….Firstly, I’m now in the “tourist belt” and secondly….I SHOULD be able to have a drink here and some decent food! …………Correct on BOTH counts!

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“Selfie” First Beer. Felt quite tipsy after!

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I’ve also tried Cappadocia Wine….which is quite reasonable

I booked myself into a nice Hotel called “The Elysee Cave Hotel” for three nights! Luxury!

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Elysee Cave Hotel. Very nice!

I’ve done the “tour” and the mandatory “balloon flight” (which is spectacular) I’ve also done a three hour Horse ride which was fantastic.

Here are some photos…It’s a photographers paradise!

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And now the balloon flight….i had to get up at 3.45 am but it was worth it!
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Now my horse riding…

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Churches are carved out of the rocks

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I must come back here with Merry as she would LOVE it!.

Actually the best way to see Cappadocia is either on foot or on a horse! I chose the horse!

Sadly tomorrow it’s back to business  and I head for Konya and the next day Antalya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

47 thoughts on “25th – 30th July – Bye Bye Iran, Hello Turkey

  1. Hi Geoff! Great meeting you in Goreme – we have enjoyed reading your posts and pics (I recognize the image at the cappadocia winery 😉 happy and safe travels – we will drop in again…
    Hilda & Greg

  2. Geoff, how wonderful your journey continues to be. We’ve just had a Digital group meeting and showed a small part of your latest post as I downloaded it. Perhaps at a future meeting you could tell us how you construct your posts as you travel because many of us would like to do the same!

  3. Wonderful photos but I think you will be a bit sick of seeing mosques. You will be glad now to be in Turkey -at least you will be able to have a drink.
    Had a good night with Merry and now up in Port Douglas but didn’t realise that Vodophone didn’t work up here hence no bloody cell phone for a couple of weeks. Hope Stewart has arrived safely.
    Cheers, Bill

    • Hi Bill
      Merry said she had great time with you both. Hope weather OK in Queensland…better than Melbourne i expect

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