All the Way from California

My mom and her new 87-year-old husband recently visited for eleven days; I have to say, with how uneven and challenging the terrain is here, they both proved their mettle on even the shortest walk. After leaving us a couple of days ago, they flew to Istanbul to start a 16-day-tour of Turkey, which means they’ll be back here in Cappadocia in a few days (we hope to hook up for lunch). Because we knew they’d be seeing the major Cappadocian sights on their tour, we tried to get them to places that are outside of the usual tourist spots.

Highlights of their visit included having them here for Allegra’s birthday (the first time Mom’s been able to be with us for one of the kid’s birthdays!); shopping in Urgup; taking a four-day trip down to Gaziantep near the Syrian border (an area renowned for its Yemeni slippers, amazingly-spiced food, pistachios and, by extension, baklava); an afternoon walk with Mom and Allegra to a monestary just outside of Ortahisar (and getting a spontaneous tour of a lemon storage cave by a local who was out in his garden plot); and Mom and Byron taking an early-morning hot air balloon ride together.

A sampling of those highlights can be seen in this slideshow:

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11 Responses to All the Way from California

  1. Michael says:

    Thanks for sharing, it looks like an adventure to me.

  2. Christina says:

    You guys have so many fantstic photos! You’ll have to have a slide show series when you get back, far too many great ones to fit in just one session. Love and miss you guys!

  3. Jazz says:

    Looks lovely…. Wonderful photos!

  4. Deborah says:

    The aerial pictures are fantastic (nod to Byron) and the more I see of this landscape the more intriguing it looks. Speaking of looks, the genetic connection between you and your mom is clear! She looks very fit and game for adventure – and Jim doesn’t look 87 at all. Bravo to him for being prepared to travel, at that age, to a place that requires physical and cultural effort. It’s certainly not every octagenarian who would be willing to do that.
    This place has really gotten under your skin, hasn’t it? Your year of living…if not dangerously, at least adventurously has been a remarkable one.

  5. That’s pretty different from California alright…it looks like they had a great time. And the scenery…wow! Just wow! 🙂

  6. Jess says:

    I can’t get over those amazing dwellings carved out of the caves. So cool!

  7. lime says:

    sounds like they’ve got a whirlwind of experiences. glad they are having fun and you’ve had a chance to enjoy them for a birthday.

  8. Elaine says:

    It was lovely to meet them and to spend time with you!

  9. geewits says:

    I’m glad you had more visitors. Your mom looks so much like you and your son – like you merged a photo. I love it.

  10. Shannon says:

    Thanks for posting these pictures (although we need more of you and Byron). The food looks delish – the lemons, less so.

  11. Julie says:

    Glad to see that your Mom and my Dad are holding up after their long flight. Looks like they are having a good time.

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