Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cappadocia and Fairy Chimneys

posted by Aunty Cindy aka Loucinda McGary

Since we are all recovering from our Irish blow out that lasted the past few days, Aunty thought she'd relax and share a few last pictures of her jaunt to Turkey.

One of the areas that we found the most fascinating was the region in central Turkey called Cappadocia. I've already talked a bit about this area between two long extinct volcanoes in my post about the underground cities.

But another really unique aspect of Cappadocia is something they call "Fairy Chimneys." The soft layers of rock called tufa, were covered by much harder layers of stone.

Through the process of erosion (mostly by the wind) unique formations resulted. Columns of the softer, lighter colored rock were topped by darker layers of harder rock. These gigantic formations sometimes look like mushrooms.

Sometimes, as you can see happening in this photo on the right, the column under the harder layer of rock disolves completely, and the top falls off!

Sometimes, like with the underground cities, people carve out storage rooms or dove cotes in the columns of softer rock.

At one location where several of the rock columns were close together like this, the carved rooms were actually used as a police station!

This was such a fascinating place and went on for many many miles! It took our guided tour the better part of two days to drive through Cappadocia, and that was only because we didn't stop for photos the second day.

Everyone in the Lair knows how much yer olde Aunty loves to travel. And I have been to some very wonderful places and seen some amazing sights. But the Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia were truly unique! I almost felt like I was on another planet. I wouldn't have been a bit surprised to go into one of those hollowed out columns and find myself in an interplanetary bar like the one in Star Wars!

What about you? Have you ever been someplace that felt like it could have been on another planet? Or what kind of creatures do you envision living in these Fairy Chimneys? Does Aunty need to trade in her crop for a blaster?

Maybe you have some tamer travel suggestions for yer olde Aunty. Please share!

67 comments:

Anna Campbell said...

Ha!

Anna Campbell said...

He is mine!!!! He is all MIIIINNNNEEEEE! Get out your telescopes and satellites, gals!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

WTG, Fo!
I was beginning to wonder if everyone was too hung over from our green beer and Bailey's to even claim the GR!

AC

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, in Australia, we have a whole day to recover from St Paddy's before you guys. So I suppose my snaffling the rooster was a bit of a cheat! He's nodding his head, the cheeky chook!

Great post, AC. Love the photos! I do envy your travel experiences. Turkey is somewhere I'd love to visit one day. It's funny - I've just been watching a series with Michael Palin where he goes to visit the fairy chimneys. He stayed in a hotel carved out of the rock which looked fantastic.

Actually I've been a few places that felt quite alien to me. One was the mini desert outside Port Stephens in NSW, just north of Sydney. Sand dunes have blown inland and it's very like the desert planet in Star Wars. They even run camel riding treks across it. Another is eastern Spain where they shot a lot of spaghetti westerns. It's so dry and inhospitable and red - looks rather like photos I've seen of Mars. Very atmospheric, though.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Yes, Fo, the actually had some hotels carved into the rocks. One was called The Flintstones Hotel! But we didn't stay in one because our guide said the plumbing and electricity were not very good. Er, um... NO thank you!

I was actually surprised at how much parts of Turkey resembled California. The climate is very similar. And SOME tourists do think that San Francisco seems like another planet!

My two oldest nieces thought so the first time I took them there. They were 13 and 11 at the time and quite sheltered. Of course, the first thing we saw was a man wearing a denim skirt, cowboy boots and not much else! THEN we went to Chinatown... Let's just say I lost count of how many times I warned them "Don't tell your mother!" :-P

AC
the baaad influence

Anna Campbell said...

AC, because I spent so long living in inner city Sydney twenty minutes' walk from Oxford Street where the famous Mardi Gras Parade takes place, San Francisco felt like home to me!

Lara Lee said...

My dd and I were considering Turkey when we were planning our homeschool trip, but ended up chosing Ireland instead. Turkey is definitely on my short list, though.

Cappadocia, sounds so exotic, the pictures of the fairy chimneys are just incredible. I'd love to see them up close and personal!

I don't think I've been anywhere that seems alien, although the mountains in Colorado were pretty impressive to this east coast gal. Wisconsin Dells was cool, too, if I remember correctly. It's been awhile. Someday, I'll have lots of answers to your question. :)

Thanks for an interesting and enjoyable blog post!

Laurie

Helen said...

Well done Anna he may be a bit hyped from the Tim Tams yesterday so watch him closely.

I love those chinmeys Aunty Cindy I envy you and your travels I really haven't travelled much at all I haven't been to every state in Australia but I have been on a cruise and that was fantastic one of the islands we visited was called Mystery Island and it is really small beautiful beach all the way around and grassy mounds in the centre it didn't feel out of this world but it just felt so relaxing there it was a total peaceful feeling arriving there on the small boats from the big boat.

Have Fun
Helen

Gillian Layne said...

Good morning, ladies! We're off to my parent's farm to plant potatoes today, but wanted to say keep those pictures coming, AC!

Have you been to Egypt? I want to go--and especially to the white desert, near the Farafra oasis. The pictures I've seen, especially the ones at sunset, are just gorgeous.

Have fun with the bird, Anna. Can he use a hoe? ;)

Caren Crane said...

Fo, congrats on grabbing the (hung-over) chook! I'm sure he'll perk up any minute now...really!

AC, your travels are a balm to my itchy feet. I long to travel and simply can't at this point in life. Well, not outside conferences and places in my comfort zone, anyway. Getting to see your pictures and hear you tell about your marvelous journeys is a gift.

That said, I haven't been anywhere that felt very other-worldly. The closest I came was in Switzerland. We were deep in the Alps where there are ski resorts nestled in the mountains, but we were there in June. It looked so much like a postcard or a film of a set that was supposed to be Switzerland that it was a bit surreal. Heidi would not have been out of place!

The day we went to one ski resort for a picnic, the rolling green fields were covered with wildflowers. Along the gravel path that ran between the mountaintops came a wedding party in traditional Swiss costume. Men in formal black lederhosen and embroidered jackets is a sight to see! That was like walking onto a movie set. *sigh* I loved it there!

Caren Crane said...

Oh, and AC, Turkey is on my list of Places I Must See. As is Venice. And Austria. And Tuscany. And the whole of the UK. Oh, fine...all of Europe from west to east! I would also like to take a luxury train ride across India. *sigh*

Caren Crane said...

Gillian, have fun planting potatoes! Don't count on any work from the GR EVER. He is a lazy gadabout!

Dianna Love said...

Way to go Anna!

Aunt Cindy - You need to do a travel book so I can get it to use for ideas. What an interesting place. The first time I saw a place that looked like another planet was on my honeymoon when we were flying from beautiful Maui to Kona (Hawaii). As we're landing over a lava field in Kona I'm apologizing to my husband for making this stop. It looked like the moon. Then we got out of the airport and it was very nice, but my thought on landing was - why would anyone come here for a vacation?

Susan Sey said...

Good morning, Auntie Cindy! What wonderful pictures! I love to hear about your travels. As a stay at home mom to two little ones, I dream about the day I can start travelling again with my DH, sans diaper bag, endless snacks & sippy cups.

The one place I can think of that felt utterly alien was Bryce Canyon. I wish I were more ambitious, because I'd stick in a link to the pictures here but I'm not, so I'll just tell you it was like some kind of elaborate, sun-drenched moonscape, if that makes any sense at all. All warm red rock & intricate spires, like a doll house or a fairy land, only for giants. It was gorgeous. Highly recommended if you're ever in the neighborhood of the Grand Canyon.

Louisa Cornell said...

Aha ! That cheeky bird just wanted to spend another day in your arms, La Campbell!

Gorgeous photos, Aunty C ! Those fairy chimneys are amazing. I would love to visit Turkey. When my Dad got his orders to go to England the other place they offered was Turkey. My Mom decided on England because she THOUGHT the English spoke the same language. The small town girl from Alabama found out it just isn't so!

Stonehenge, hands down. The vibe there is other worldly - like it is the only place in the world when you are there. Another place is Loch Ness. We camped out there in March and it was just so isolated and lonely beautiful.

I really want to visit Turkey and Egypt and Israel and of course AUSTRALIA !!

Susan Sey said...

Oh, & congrats, Anna, on the GR! Don't let him at the left-over green beer. He's sneaky, that one. He'll be drunk dialing before you know it & there goes your long-distance bill.

Suzanne Welsh said...

Hey Cindy, cool post, but I have to say that the first picture DID NOT look like giant mushrooms to me....er...well, you know where my mind went. And so did all my co-workers. :)

I do envy you all your around the world trips.

Anna Sugden said...

Great post, AC - never been to that part of Turkey - looks fascinating.

Congrats Fo - bet the GR enjoys his world travels.

There are so many magical places, and I've been lucky enough to be able to travel a lot. The most awe-inspiring and beautiful, and other-worldly was the Arches National Park in Utah. Unbelievable. For me, tops the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell and Glacier Bay - though I have to say they all fit the bill too.

Iceland is another place that is other-worldly. All those lava fields!

One of my ambitions is still to travel to Lapland to see Santa *g*. I wish I could afford the Antarctic trip to see the penguins, but I can't. Maybe Ill make Macchu Picchu someday too.

Anna Sugden said...

*snork* Suz.

Louisa - I agree with you about Loch Ness! Dartmoor, in the south-west of England has a strange atmosphere - especially at night, and if you're near the famous prison! I hated driving Dartmoor at night - all those scary stories would flit through my head *shiver*

terrio said...

Thank goodness I'm not the only one whose brain went there. *high 5s Suzanne*

I love when you share your pictures and your stories of the world. I've done very little travel, but I know I'll be seeing the world eventually. That's the plan, anyway. Probably the best trip I've ever taken was a Caribbean cruise back in the 80s. Jamaica and Grand Caymen were incredible. But I was only 16 so I really want to go again when I can really appreciate it. And enjoy it as, you know, a grown up. :)

p226 said...

Yeah, I've been someplace that seemed like an alien landscape. Oman. Apparently the whole place is essentially a giant coral reef exposed by the receding gulf. The ground was sharp. Everything was jagged shards of coral. It cut your boots. It cut up the tires on the Humvees. It cut you. Your ankles twisted and ground when you walked on it. And it extended forever in every direction.

Cheryl Brooks said...

What a cool place, AC! You make me want to travel so very, very, badly...

Beth said...

Hey, AC! I've never been anywhere exotic or that seemed other-wordly so I especially love when you blog about your trips *g*

Congrats on nabbing the GR, Anna!

Virginia said...

Congrats Anna again, you did get him!

I do love the pics you posted are you sure they are form out world? I don't get to travel much but in books and oh do I travel there. Thanks for sharing your trips with us!

Cassondra said...

Congrats Anna on the GR!

Aunty, I'm not sure I've been anywhere as strange as the places you've been. I love your travel blogs though. I have been in a number of caves--Mammoth Cave is not far from where I am, and if you go on the right tours, you'd think you were in another world for certain. I've been under water in a rock quarry, where there was an old submerged rock crusher. We had to go inside it as part of the dive rescue training. Can I just say....if I'm under water I want...REALLY WANT...a clear path to the surface. Cave diving is not for me. No. Not.

It was weird though...kind of surreal being in a BUILDING under water. There were school buses and cars and a helicopter--they'd sunk all of that in the quarry. The water was quite clear (and quite cold --have I ever said how much I hate to be cold, especially when I'm learning something, like how to relax and freakin BREATHE under water?)

Lessee...I've been through the Badlands, and that was otheworldly--I think because it just went on and on and on.

But nothing as odd--or as interesting- as the stuff you post Aunty.

Donna MacMeans said...

Hi AC - Love the fairy chimneys. When the blog first loaded, I thought these were castle turrets, carved out of stone -- not eroded out of stone (smile).

The "best" alien place for me is one close to home. Perhaps that's why it felt so other-worldly because it was totally unexpected. I'm speaking of the sand dunes in Michigan. Ohio is green - lots and lots of green - trees, grass, shrubs. There is the occasional lake with an occasional sandy beach -- but the beaches are flat and usually narrow. Michigan is similar, but then - all of a sudden - you stumble across the sand dunes - mountains, it seems. Huge, huge piles of sand and you can easily imagine you've been transported to the Sahara (except for that pesky Lake Michigan near the base).

It's been several years since we've been there, but I remember the shock and awe.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Morning all...
UGH! Too much Baileys and green beer for this wee colleen. :-P

ROFLOL Suz and Terrio! I was waiting for SOMEONE (should have guess who, Ms Erotic Romance winner!) to mention the obvious phallic symbols. (AHEM) Yes, VERRRY INTERESTING! Mother Nature definitely has a sense of humor.

AC

Treethyme said...

The first time I visited Wales, I felt as if I'd traveled back in time. My husband and I were standing by a tiny, outhouse-sized chapel in St. David's on a sunny afternoon, when all of a sudden a wall of fog rolled in and surrounded us. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time.

Later, we visited the valley near Dolgellau (pronounced dal-geth-lee), and were commenting to each other that it felt as if we'd gone back a couple hundred years in time. Literally seconds later, a formation of Red Arrows, the British version of Top Gun, came out of nowhere, zooming over our heads. It was unreal.

I'd love to go back to Wales. Besides that country, my favorite places to visit were Kauai and Banff.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Lara,
I think you and your daughter would really enjoy a trip to Turkey. Even if you don't make it to Cappadocia (which is fairly remote) the west coast of the country is LOADED with wonderful historical sites... Troy, Ephesus, Pergamon...

Honestly, the country is so FULL of history! That was one of the things that made it a "must see" for me.

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Helen,
You know how much I LURVE cruises! Mystery Island sounds like fun. You could imagine yourself in the novels Crusoe or Swiss Family Robinson, or any other story about being stranded on an island... complete with hunky cabana boys of course!

I'm guessing that Uluru in central Australia feels other-worldly. It certainly looks that way from pictures. It is on my short list of places I MUST see!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Gillian Layne said: "Have you been to Egypt? I want to go--and especially to the white desert, near the Farafra oasis. The pictures I've seen, especially the ones at sunset, are just gorgeous."

Egypt and New Zealand are currently vying for the top spot in my places to go next!

I just googled Farafra Oasis and it looks FANTASTIC! Definitely could be on a different planet! Set blasters on stun...

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Posh,
Switzerland in Spring sounds like a fairy tale! Too bad the one time I was there was in the Fall, but it was still awesome. Driving through the Alps, I really felt like they were the bones of some gigantic ancient creature!

And I heartily recommend ANY place in Italy! Though the only place I felt not quite in this world was in the ruins of Pompeii. That was a very spooky place. Loaded with Tawny's woo woo. ;-)

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Dianna,
I've flown into the airport at Kona and you're right, it DOES feel like the moon... stark, jagged. Except it was HOT and I keep reading that the moon is cold, so maybe this was one of Mars' moons??? Or Jupiter's.

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Chin up, Smoov!
Your day of no more diaper bags is coming. Though snacks and sippy cups are sometimes handy even for us adults. :-P

I've been to Bryce Canyon and it is just as you described! A lot of Arizona and southern Utah is like that, very stark landscapes that look like they were purposely sculpted.
AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Louisa,
I haven't made it to Loch Ness yet, but again, the pictures make me DROOL! Not to mention the idea of men in kilts nearby. ;-)

You're right about that vibe around Stonehenge. And what an odd feeling to look out across this large flat plain and there in the middle of everything are these monoliths... SPOOKY!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Congrats VA,
You've been to lots of places Aunty has not! Can't believe I haven't made it to Arches Nat'l Park. I've been CLOSE, but no cigar! And Iceland looks FANTASTIC! All that volcanic activity must make for some very other-worldly landscapes!

Unfortunately, my doctor has warned me away from the altitude at Macchu Picchu. :-( But you and I will definitely have to book our Antarctic cruise to see PENGUINS!!!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Treethyme,
You deserve some kind of prize! All 3 places you mentioned (Wales, Kauai, and Banff) I have NOT visited! Been close to all three but not quite there. How strange is that?!?!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

P226,
I didn't know that Oman was an old coral reef. Talk about out-of-this world! After seeing the houses in Hawaii made of coral blocks, and some of the areas with the coral very close to the surface, I can't imagine trying to walk in Oman.

You've definitely found a place Aunty has not been and would be a great setting for a fantasy novel.

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Cheryl!
Thanks to my Casa-Sister for popping by! I would have thought you would be in the same mind-set as Suz and Terrio... LOL! Great minds, same gutter!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Beth and Virginia,
Glad you both enjoyed the post. Hope I haven't gone overboard with the pics and blogs about Turkey, but it was such a fabulous place and such a fun trip.

But I gotta say, Virginia, that after the 14 hour plane flights each way, I was wishing I was home reading a book instead!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Cassondra,
I've been in a few caves (we actually have a couple close to here) but not Mammoth or Carlsbad. I'd LURVE to see both!

As for that underwater quarry... ACK!!! I got claustrophobic just reading your comment. NO WAY I could go down there like you did!

The Badlands ARE an other-worldly place! I thought the beautiful pastels colors were great, and quite a surprise. Again, it was amazing what erosion can create.

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Donna thanx for sharing about the Michigan dunes!

My BFF Sharen grew up in Michigan and she has mentioned seeing them as a kid long before she ever saw the ocean.

Sometimes places close to home can cause the most shock and awe... Well, because they ARE right in our backyards. That's how I feel about Mono Lake here in California. It's a large, landlocked lake with these strange salt formations that look like something out of Dr. Seuss! I could definitely see Han Solo and Greedo having a shoot out at Mono Lake. :-)

AC

Treethyme said...

Cindy - I've never been any place really exotic, though. I leave that to my kids!

Thanks for visiting the Mystery book club yesterday, it was a lot of fun having you as a guest author!

jo robertson said...

Great pix, Aunty Cindy! I love seeing those old, unique places.

I thought riding into Petra, in Jordan, on horses and looking at the rock architecture was very interesting. Petra creates a sort of natural fortress because the entrance is this narrow ride through the gorge and enemies could easily be seen. Plus the sights are amazing. I think Petra's been added as another wonder of the ancient world.

Yay, Anna, good going!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Treethyme/Becke,
Thanx a BUNCH for inviting me! I had a blast celebrating St. Paddy's over at the B&N Mystery board!

Hope I can come back when my next book hits the shelves in Sept.

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Jo-Mama,
Petra is HIGH on my must see list! Dunno if I could manage a horse anymore, but maybe a camel???

Gotta go run some errands, but I'll check back in a couple of hours.

AC

Pat Cochran said...

Hello, Aunty Cindy,

How unusual! Not being much of a traveller, my favorite trip was to Venice and we would go back in a
second! I echo the suggestions that you write a travel book with
your photographs for illustration!

Pat Cochran

Helen said...

Aunty Cindy

I would love to visit Uluru one day and the surrounding areas I have seen lots of shows on TV about this area and I am sure it is magical

Have Fun
Helen

Susan Sey said...

AC wrote: ROFLOL Suz and Terrio! I was waiting for SOMEONE (should have guess who, Ms Erotic Romance winner!) to mention the obvious phallic symbols.

Suz & Terrio! Thank god you guys said it. My mind went immediately to a cheesy eighties clinch-cover with soaring phalluses all over the background. :-)

p226 said...

There's a Led Zepplin album cover that looks kind of like that. Only less phallic. :)

Nancy said...

Anna C., you win again! And my telescope is out. *g*

AC, you take way cool vacations. I love this.

I've never been anywhere that felt alien. Of course, that could be because we tend to pick places where English is the dominant language.

One of the most interesting and unusual places I've been was Ness Beach in England. The sand is dark red, and the seashells are beautiful indigo blue. Which did seem a little alien, now that I think about it. Access to the beach is via an old smuggler's tunnel, now lined in concrete and with lighting, then by steps down to the sand. When the tide is high, the waves slap the tunnel mouth.

Treethyme said...

I have to agree with Suzanne -- when I saw the pictures on this post, my first thought had nothing to do with fairies. Maybe it's because I was just reading a book in Vicki Lewis Thompson's series, the one that is set in Big Knob, Indiana!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanks for dropping by Pat!

Maybe one of these days when I get tired of writing romantic suspense (can't IMAGINE when that will be), I'll go through all my photos and do a travel book. At least I know I'll sell a few copies to the Banditas and BBs. ;-)

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Helen!
I just saw where Qantas is offering really inexpensive flights between San Francisco and Sydney! If only I didn't have this pesky deadline (and NO cash)... We could have such a fun time seeing Uluru together!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL Smoov!

I KNEW more than one Bandita mind would go there. ;-)

And P226, I think I used to own that Led Zeppelin album... waaay back in my mis-spent youth.

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Wow Nancy,
Ness Beach sounds WAAAY KEWL! Esp. the smugglers' tunnel!

Every hear of the Bay of Fundy? They have the highest tides in the world. At low tide you wade through mud around these columns about as tall as the Fairy Chimneys with grass and a few little trees growing on top. At high tide those trees are on tiny little islands! It's amazing!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Big Knob, Indiana?!?!

ROFLOL, Becke! I LURVE Vicki's sense of humor, and YOURS!

Hmmmm, it's been mighty quiet from La Campbell today. Anybody got the latest satellite photos? P226, give us the intel!!!

AC

flchen1 said...

Hi, AC! Gorgeous photos! I haven't been too many places that might be other-worldly--some of the formations in Bryce and Zion are pretty cool... And some of the formations by Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) and these caverns (but I'm totally blanking on where these are)...

BTW, just finished Wild Sight--hooboy, can you tell a story! When's your next book coming out?

And congrats on the GR, Anna! How's he behaving? ;)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Evening Fedora!

I definitely felt like I was on another planet when I visited China, and I LOVED IT! I didn't get to Huang Shah, but would love to go. Would also love to see the Terra Cotta warriors in Xian.

I'm suspecting that the chook is up to no good over on the Sunshine Coast. It has been FAR TOO QUIET from Fo today.

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

OOPS! Hit publish too soon!

THANX A BUNCH, Fedora for your kind words about Wild Sight!

My next book is scheduled for release on Sept. 1st and is actually the first romantic suspense I wrote, and finalled in the GH, thus allowing me to be a part of all this! Can you tell this story has a very special place in my heart?

The new title is "The Treasures of Venice" and as soon as I get a cover, I'll be posting it here in the Lair.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, the Rooster and I have been walking hand in hand (um, wing in hand?) along the beach, drinking pina colladas and getting caught in the rain! I've told him however that there will be no makin' love at midnight and he's now planning his escape.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

(Aunty snorts into her left-over green beer)
Like we are suppose to believe THAT?!?! I'm SURE you two were up to more than walking the beach and sipping pina coladas.

I'm awaiting the surveillance video from P226!

Keira Soleore said...

No way, Fo. You've done some voodoo magic on that poor ole wooster. He's been ensnared in your coils.

AC, I absolutely LOVED this post. I hope you have more posts on your travels coming up. You've seen so much...It's like the travel channel. Always learn something cool.

Have you been to Egypt? How about to Jordan and especially to Petra? Morocco?

Keira Soleore said...

Fo wrote, "I've told him however that there will be no makin' love at midnight..."

Screech! Gasp! My eyes are covered as are my ears.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Keira said: "Screech! Gasp! My eyes are covered as are my ears."

SO ARE MINE! :-P

Glad you enjoyed the post, Keira. Nope, haven't been to Egypt or Jordan... YET! Egypt is vying with New Zealand for the top spot on 'where to go next!'

I'm been to Tangiers, Morocco once, took the ferry from Spain and may I just say BLECK?!?!? I really HATED IT! Too many pushy vendors, and no time to see much of anything. :-(

AC

Joan said...

And SOME tourists do think that San Francisco seems like another planet!

Only a little...around the edges
:-)

Actually, I had lectured my one CP before our trip saying that it had been advised not to make eye to eye contact with panhandlers.

On our way back from dinner one night we saw one unfortunate gentleman sprawled out against the side of a building...which his fly open.

I gasped and my friend chided me.
"Did you make eye to eye contact?"

"Nope," I replied, "More like eye to BLEEEEEEEEEEPPP contact"

:-0

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

ROFLOL Joanie!

Well, better you than my 11 & 13 year old nieces!

AC