Turkey: Gateway of three continents. Blending of Oriental, Middle Eastern, and European. Uniquely its own.
Featured today: Cappadocia (Turkish: Kapadokya)
There is a most unusual area in central Turkey called Cappadocia. The area is bounded by the three volcanoes Erciyes, Melendiz, and Hasan. Millions of years ago, this area was filled with the ash and lava from the repeated eruptions of these three giants. Over time, water and wind eroded the area into the stunning geography of today: rainbow colored canyons, fairy chimneys, and what we New Mexicans call “mesas”. Human settlers carved their homes out of the soft tuft, a great insulator against heat and cold. Some even carved entire cities, eight stories or more, under the ground to protect themselves from savage marauders. Today this area is filled with artwork, pottery, handwoven carpets, and produce.
One thing that struck me, all over Turkey, whether elegant or modest, all structures had solar panels. Big hotels and office buildings had large banks of them on their roofs. And even here in Goreme, every home had at least one solar panel and a hot water tank.