|Our hotel, Kismet Cave House, best one in Goreme, Turkey. Our host Faruk is very helpful and friendly.
|Every morning at Kismet Cave House we have a wonderful breakfast buffet.
|Here is Michelle, enjoying the view and the healthy, locally produced breakfast.
|Faruk arranged a Green Tour of the Underground Villages for us.
|Our first stop was a great view of Goreme panorama.
|We had 10 minutes to take photos of ourselves and each other.
|This is a nearby village where we drove with the group.
|Our wonderful guide Nadria took us to see Ihlara Valley.
|There are miles of trails through Ihlara Valley, but we did a short hike.
|First we had to go down the steps to the valley floor.
|Nadria showed us where the ancient monks meditated.
|Here I am meditating. Not!
|Some Turkish women enjoying the stream in Ihlara Valley.
|I got the fish dinner, which was very fresh and delicious.
|Then we went to Selime Monastery
|Our new Turkish-American friend, an ESL teacher in North Carolina.
|The view from Selime Monastery
|Inside the monastery
|Michelle and Anna, the granddaughter of the ESL teacher
|Coca Cola gets a Turkish touch
|A happy vendor makes a 50 cent sale.
|Another happy doll maker
|Next Nadria took us to the underground city. This one was connected to another by a 7 km tunnel.
|Inside the Derinkuyu Underground City
|Our group included the Turkish-American 3 generations family, an Italian couple, a couple from San Francisco, Michelle and me, and 4 Korean photo students.
|Pigeon Valley. They used pigeons for sending messages and for their egg whites which they used for paintings.
|Our last stop was for "free" sampling of Turkish Delight. Of course, many of us bought some to take with us. I bought roasted apricot pits. They taste similar to almonds.