From Almaty, Kazakhstan we flew into Kayseri airport via Istanbul, horrified when our luggage failed to arrive. It was actually at the “international terminal” so we strolled across the tarmac, picked up our packs and were on our way to Goreme, an hour’s drive away.
Cappadocia is known for “fairy chimneys,” cone-shaped rock formations with churches and houses carved out centuries ago. We didn’t spend all our 2 weeks just in Goreme; there’s lots of great walking. See the separate blog here and we went to Mount Nemrut – see here and here. We also went on an Intrepid Tour of nearby villages – here.
All these pictures were taken within a few minutes walk from the center of town:
Our cooking class was provided by Turkey Tour Organizer
It happened to be weekly market day at Avanos, about 10 km from Goreme so we called in to buy fresh produce for our cook. In a private home, we had an enjoyable day learning how to make some special Turkish salads, Turkish clay pot stew which has a unique smoky flavour and a sweet dessert whilst hearing about the traditions of Turkish foods, ingredients and recipes. There’s a lot more work in preparing what appears “simple” than we imagined and everything was fresh or homemade. It was all delicious and the local dry red wine, Kalecik Karasi, went perfectly.
Got the recipes, bought some pomegranate sauce and a clay pot to cook in so we are ready to go when we get home.