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From Nancye's Journal: "Traveling on the Silk Road into Cappadocia, the first town is Nevsehir, where most
of the women wear traditional Muslim dress. The road turns to dirt and then back to paved, before it enters
the eerie landscape Cappadocia is well known for. Unusual formations out of rock stand out all over the
valley. Many centuries ago, people carved houses and churches from them. A few have inhabitants even
|Tiny girl of the road vendors with red
(blusher?) on her cheeks
|These woman have made many beautiful items to
sell along the road in Cappadocia
ROBERT: One of the most fascinating places on earth is the area of central Turkey called Cappadocia.
Ancient eruptions of Mount Erciyes created a thick layer of lava, which was eroded by wind and rain to
create the chimney-type formations seen today. Since Hittite times, hundreds of years before the Christian
era, the inhabitants of this area carved houses and subterranean cities from this lava rock. Colorful
images decorate the walls and ceilings of the carved Byzantine Christian chapels.
While visiting this area, our group was treated to "Turkish Nights" at an underground restaurant, where
lively music played on traditional instruments accompanied the dancers clad in bright folk costumes.
The town of Avanos, along the banks of the ancient Halys River, is famous for its red pottery. I found an
unusual clay chest set, featuring sultans, peasants and elephants. Another ancient art of this area is the
tedius process of producing silk. I photographed the process from the cocoons of the silk worms to the
|This mother and her two sons were photographed on a
road in Cappadocia, near the town of Urgup
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