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Exploring the Caravanserai


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Today was a travel day, and we drove from Konya to Guzelyurt in Cappadocia. The drive took quite a long time, considering that we only had to drive 185 km. The trip was pretty uneventful, as we travelled on the same straight road for 113 kilometers of it. But we had planned for some sightseeing so that we had something to keep us sane during the long hours of driving. We stopped at a Caravanserais (in Sultanhami) along the way, and unfortunately, three tour buses stopped there as well. But we managed to avoid most of the people and enjoyed looking around the places that camels would have stayed almost a thousand years ago. The walls around the caravanserais were guarded by three sleepy dogs, which didn't bat an eye as the hoards of people walked through to their domain. There was a covered area that was used for the winter, which was quite large and reminded us of the building of a church. There were many high pillars that came together in arches, and plenty of ground space for where the animals would have stayed. It was empty other than a few dull lights, some old machinery and some loud (and annoying) birds. There was also an uncovered courtyard-like area that they would have stored the camels in during the summer. It was surrounded by high walls and there was a kiosk-mosque in the centre of the area. There were also steps leading up the top of the walls surrounding the area, but these were "forbidden to go up". However, we were able to go up the stairs of the kiosk-mosque, which was interesting. Hannah, my mom and I went up, as my dad watched us from the ground below. Hannah and my mom explored the highest level as well.

Kiosk mosque (on the left) in the caravanserai

Kiosk mosque (on the left) in the caravanserai

We left happy, and after checking out a few stalls and shops, were back on the road again. We stopped at a small green space with some picnic tables to enjoy our lunch of wraps, veggies, fruit and nuts. As you see we are very healthy people, and of course we didn't have any Nutella with that.

Winter dwellings of the caravanserai

Winter dwellings of the caravanserai

Our new place is unlike anywhere we have stayed before. It is a "cave hotel", but not a very authentic one (a more genuine one is coming soon) as it is made out of stone bricks rather than a natural cave. It is very old and historic and looks more like a castle room. But we are happy all the same, and for the nights we are here we will be basically the only ones staying. However, the day we leave they are expecting 70 people to come, so we now understand their need for 65 rooms. The four of us occupy two rooms, in a small house, but because we are the only ones here, the common area is more of a rarely used living room. The hotel has its own restaurant, one of only two in the whole town, and is where we had our evening meal.

But before we had our dinner, the ones of us who were able (have a guess at who couldn't come) set out for a short walk to explore. We didn't see very much but we were able to stop at a tourist office to get some information. We were offered tea there, and now that I think about it, we were foolish not to take up the offer.

Guzelyurt Accommodations

Guzelyurt Accommodations

Dinner was large and very tasty. We had a starter of some mushroom soup and bread, a salad, and our main course was a chicken dish served with rice and a side of fries. We are a little worried about how much it costs, as we are pretty sure a meal like that would not be included in a room rate, but we'll just have to wait and see. I'm pretty excited to see what we'll be having for breakfast tomorrow.

We ended the evening with some games of backgammon, some West Wing, and a couple fruit platters delivered right to our rooms by one of the friendly employees. All in all, it was a pretty good day.

Posted by KZFamily 01:05 Archived in Turkey Tagged turkey guzelyurt

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So were there any camels at the Caravanserai? You'd think some enterprising locals would be selling camel rides to the tourists.

by Jane1

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