Today we booked a car to take us all around the different sites around Cappadocia. It was after the hot air balloon ride. We came back to the hotel to rest a little, but the kids were still totally exhausted, but they are such incredible troopers.
First stop was Uchisar Castle. It was a series of fairy chimneys that were hollowed out at the top of a small mountain. The hike was almost straight up, but worth the climb.
MJ doing a little dance one of the rooms.
Daddy and Lissy needed to get in on the dance too!
This is the outside of the castle
View from the top. It was amazing to look out all of the valleys
MJ can always find a hole or a climb.
This is the view from the top of the castle
Our family high on the mountain top
This gave April a little heart attack, since it was a sheer drop to the bottom.
Back inside of the castle rooms
From the castle we went to one of 8 underground cities in the area. The Christians would run and hide in the caves when attackers would come. They booby-trapped the whole place.
Poor Carl banged his head several times. He was not happy about that. It was really short
Carl needed to stoop way down, but Lissy was perfect height
It was so short, even April had to bend over
Carl trying to push the huge "circle" doors to keep out the invaders
He couldn't so the girls jumped into help. They could not either
Short passage way
Lissy and Carl getting through the passages. Lissy thought that this way was a hoot.
April climbing up the passageway
Carl exclaiming after nailing his head again
From the underground city to fairy chimneys. This is the family chimneys, with the momma, daddy, and kids. The grandparents are the big ones in the backs.
Carl Putting his arm around Grandpa
Lissy snuggling in close to daddy
April with her little girl
MJ laying on the rock
The fairy canyons
Us enjoying the time together
This is a camel chiney, in imagination canyon. Where you can make up what the chimneys look like.
The kids loved the hiking here.
What would a trip to Turkey be without an actual turkey??
This was another location with chimneys that were hollowed out with a church inside. Not as ornate as the museum from yesterday, but it was a lot more open and the kids loved hiking and running all over the place.
We had to climb in to the holes. It was a little tough with the baby on Carl's back
Girls looking out over the fairy chimney from inside of a church.
Carl turning it up to 11
Ha-Na resting in a little alcove
Kids wanted to climb everything.
Daddy and Lissy holding up the chimneys
The fairy chimneys are so incredible, in awe at God's creations
This was a huge hollowed out area with what looks like another rock on top.
The kids decided to climb up to the top, and of course MJ took off up ahead. Once they got to the top April wanted to take a picture, so she had MJ turn around and face the camera. When she turned around, she lost her footing and started to slip, She then slid on her butt the entire way down to the bottom. Almost taking out Ha-Na. Carl Bailed to get out of the way almost taking out April. Luckily there was a good man standing next to us that help catch MJ on the slide down. It was a scary couple of seconds.
More from the fairy chinmeys
This is a town that was all built into the wall of this mountain. It was a stopping point for people and caravans to trade and rest.
The weather and the sky was really amazing
From there we went to Love Valley to see more spire like fairy chimneys.
The whole family looking out over the valley
Big brother taking a little rest with Lissy on the bench.
So amazed with the chimneys.
Again one happy couple, such a wonderful time.