Actually we had reserved our hotel in Urgup for 4 nights, arriving on October 10, but in one of those rare but disconcerting mistakes one makes if one travels as much as we do, I had mis-entered the Urgup reservation information into our itinerary software, Tripit.com, as starting on the 11th instead. The night of the 10th, still in Kas, as I was getting everything ready for the next day, I looked again at the email we'd received from the Urgup hotel and saw that we were supposed to be there that night, the 10th. Oops. We dashed off a quick email to the hotel saying that we were "unavoidably delayed" and wouldn't be arriving until the next night, and would of course pay for all 4 nights. The hotel staff wrote back and said they would hold the room for us, and that we would have to pay for only 3 nights. Very generous, I would say!
|One of the pretty parts of the drive|
Our hotel in Urgup, Esbelli Evi, is part cave, part modern addition built in cave style. We splurged and went for the "volcano cave suite"--wouldn't you? It's a rambling affair with an entry room, a gigantic bathroom, a real cave of its own (with a tunnel that supposedly goes for several kms), a bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, and a sitting room that's also real cave. Oh--and modern conveniences like satellite TV and a laptop with wifi in the room. And its own garden patio. Very private, very nice. $215 a night.
|Odd shapes abound in Cappadocia|
|Pumpkins waiting for their seeds to be harvested|
Even here, though, we got the Secret Carpet Sell. A guy came up to us while we were parked at one of the photo ops and told us about the special event happening at the carpet school in the nearby town--today only! Until 5 p.m.! Mustn't miss! We bought it, hook, line, and sinker, and dashed off to the town to get to the carpet school with minutes to spare. We were sucked into a tour of the place with 50 French tourists, with the commentary entirely in French. Yes, it was a sell-carpets experience. Fortunately, we have already purchased our carpet so we were able to slink out without buying, having significantly improved our French vocabulary.
|At the carpet "school"|
Tomorrow we get to head up in a hot-air balloon for an aerial tour of the beautiful hills and valleys. Thanks to Ann and Andres for sending us their balloon ride vouchers (we'll see if they work)! Can't think of a better place in the world to experience that adventure. Pick-up by the balloon company at 6:40 a.m. Better be good!