Freebirdie's Sailin' Blog

22 November 2011 | Seattle
01 August 2011 | Santa Maria di Leuca
03 July 2011 | Greece
15 June 2011 | Gulf of Corinth
05 June 2011 | Athens
28 May 2011 | Poros Greece
25 April 2011 | Symi Island
13 April 2011 | Naxos, Greece
20 February 2011 | Istanbul, Turkey
30 January 2011 | Ephesus
28 January 2011 | Marmaris
16 January 2011 | Selcuk, Turkey
31 December 2010 | Marmaris
24 October 2010 | Cappadocia, Turkey
16 September 2010 | Marmaris Turkey
26 August 2010 | Fethiye, Turkey
19 August 2010 | Marmaris
03 August 2010 | Larnaca Cyprus
01 August 2010 | Mediterranean Sea
30 July 2010 | Ashkelon Marina


24 October 2010 | Cappadocia, Turkey
Dave and Judy
This has to be one of the strangest places we have yet encountered. Our 5 day trip to Cappadocia began early in the morning ~ ODark30~ at the front gate of the marina. Our mini bus picked us and 10 other sailors up for the long ride. Our guide "Taz" was aboard and we all setteled in for the long haul. We stopped for lunch and then stopped again for the night at a hotel. Judy decided this was the time to have a very bad tooth ache. Taz found us a dentist that was open late so we took a taxi. Yep, she needed a root canal. What fun! The dentist was able to do the first half of the procedure but the tooth required a rest of a few days to complete the job. So off we went in the morning with a half done root canal ~ taking the meds & still aching, but almost tolerable, barely

We arrived at the "Star Cave Hotel" and checked in. The rooms were...... caves...... cut into the side of the cliff. The climate was cool and the heat hadn't been turned on. It was cold in our cave. We cranked on the steam heat and headed for happy hour with our friends. When we returned things were some what warmer but sill not toasty. We snuggled under our thick blankets. Early in the morning we awoke to a strange a blast of air...Hmm?? We poked our heads out of our cave and high above the cliff was a hot air balloon drifting by. Again we heard the sound as we saw the flame blast into the floating ball....little heads peering over the side.

After breakfast Taz herded us off to the first wonderment. He didn't tell us the local name for this valley but we all guessed it....Can you?
"_____ Valley" It's pretty obvious.....

The weather was perfect and the scenery was spectacular.

Our days were spent clamoring around/up/on/under the various sites. People have lived here in these cave houses for thousands of years. There are still people living here in the same cave houses after all this time. Everywhere we went there were churches. Many had the walls adorned with religious paintings from the 4th century AD.

We explored Derinkuyu Underground City where early Christians hid in exile. The tunnels descend to a depth of 85 meters and once sheltered tens of thousands of people. These people must have been extremely desperate to live like this.

We enjoyed meals out at the local restaurants in the evenings before retiring to our "cave" which was now warm and toasty with the heat on full blast. One night we went to a performance of the Whirling Dervishes and some belly dancing as well. OH MY ..........................

Early the last morning we all piled into our little van for the 12 hour ride back to Freebird. YIKES, TB, back after dark!

Check out Cappadicia

Vessel Name: Freebird
Vessel Make/Model: Grainger MC420 Catamaran
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Dave and Judy Howell
Dave started building Freebird in 1995 in a plastic shed on Camano Island, NW USA and launched her in April of 2001. He retired from the Fire Department in 1999 after 28 years of service. Judy Retired from dentistry in 1995 after 27 years. [...]
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