Cappadocia: a walk in the Swords and Rose Valleys …

After visiting the Göreme Museum we headed out on a bit of a trek through a couple of the area’s many valleys towards the village of Çavuşin. The first one was called Kiliçlar Vadısı, or Swords Valley, and the second was Gűllűdere, or Rose Valley. The weather was amazingly good and it was great to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views. Unfortunately, neither Richie nor I had very good shoes on, so we couldn’t do as much hiking as we might have liked, but we still got a nice walk out of it. I knew that Cappadocia had lots of valleys and walking trails, but I just assumed that they might not be very accessible, so I hadn’t thought much about hiking. But when our pensiyon host was explaining all the sights around Göreme, it turned out we were right in the centre of all the prime walking areas. So, we gave it our best shot, but with very little traction on our shoes, some of the smooth hillsides were just a bit too difficult for us. Despite not doing much in the way of uphill/downhill walking, we walked for a number of hours and covered a good few kilometres, so we still got a nice workout!

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