Thanks to one of my dear friends, my 27th year on Earth is off to an incredible start.
We caught a red-eye flight to Cappadocia on Friday, checked into our hotel, and managed a few hours of sleep before getting up and around for tours.
We hired a driver and spent our first day touring sites near our hotel in Ortahisar. Our first stop was to see The Three Beauties (Üç Güzeller), followed by an incredible hike through Devrent Valley.
Of course, we also had to stop for some wine because nothing says “Happy Birthday” like a little wine tasting before noon! We picked up a nice bottle of red to enjoy back at our amazing cave hotel later in the evening.
We got caught in a crazy downpour at the Zelve Open Air Museum, but it didn’t stop us from exploring. We hopped into the old dwellings carved into the fairy chimneys to take shelter.After stopping to dry off with some coffee and mantı, we headed to the Göreme Open Air Museum, which is famous for its well-preserved frescoes inside of the ruins of orthodox churches. It was a beautiful place, but a little too crowded for my taste. I much preferred Zelve.
Our next stop was a little ceramics shop, where we watched some demonstrations, learned about traditional pottery in the region, and bought a lovely Turkish coffee set for my husband and I.
Our last stop before dinner was to Üçhisar Kalesi and the Pigeon Valley. The views from the top of the castle were stunning and watching the sun set over the fairy chimneys through swarms of pigeons was nothing short of magical.
We finished our first magical day in Cappadocia with dinner, dessert, and wine. 27 is feeling pretty damn good so far.