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: