Okay, so finally the photo to accompany this postcard is correct. These are just some of the cave dwellings in Cappadocia. We're staying in the old town of Gorome which is smack bang in the middle of Cappadocia (literally, the land of beautiful horses), a magical place with an extraordinary landscape of natural formed "fairy chimneys" and breathtaking valleys that can only be seen to be believed. The fairy chimneys look as if God has precariously placed rocks on the top of any point imaginable. In fact they were generated over thousands of years of erosion of two types of volcanic rock, but make this place look like a land of make believe. We are in the middle of nowhere and yet there is so much to see and do here... We've visited one of over 30 underground cities that were carved directly in to the rock below the village as a sanctuary in times of war. All of the different underground cities are joined and are estimated to once be home to over 3000 people (our guide said it is hard to estimate but could have been as high as 15000 people at it's peak). At any one time people could hide away for 6 months without coming to the surface. Personally I would have gone mad with claustrophobia being confined in such small places, but the planning, both in its intricacy and self sufficiency was very impressive. We could access 6 of the 8 floors, the bottom two being saved from tourists. The entrance was maintained by a one way rolling rock door that was carved from within the cave, that provided an enemy even found the caves, prevented them from reaching the inhabitants. We've also visited the open air museum which has cave dwellings and churches dug into rock. The many churches have friezes painted within the interior, the most impressive being the dark church which has maintained much of it's spender because only a small slit of light passes through the window, minimizing centuries of sun damage. Cappadocia is also said to be the place where they filmed part of the first episode of Star Wars. You can see how this could be the case with the endless number of cave dwellings carved in to rock, much of which can be explored one foot without a fee. We've spent plenty of time exploring on foot, including a lengthy guided tour through the rose and red valleys with the resident guide dog "spotty", who will take you to any where you like for the small fee of a pat, rub or one of your tasty fries. Seriously, this clever little Dalmatian cross is trained to take you to your destination if you say it in an excited tone... "Rose Valley, Spotty, take us to Rose Valley..." and off you go! Paul and Jodi took a balloon ride this morning and brought back some spectacular photos. Unfortunately I had to pass on this but that's the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. We're staying at a cosy place called Kose Pension, and serve the most delicious home made spicy chicken pies that we have been devouring religiously. It's run by a lovely Scottish woman, her Turkish husband and their two daughters who spend as much time running after their younger brother, Ali, who wreaks havoc more than any 4 year old I've ever seen. In the time we've been here he has single headedly caused more than 3 minor disasters and injured himself several times. Ali wears the same outfit every day. A Turkish t-shirt and a kilt, which I presume he must wear at the moment because he several sets of stitches and grazes on his little body. He makes my brothers' look like darling angels! Tonight we head back to Istanbul (12 hours) then directly on to Greece (another 10 hours I think). If you don't hear from me again I am probably dead from travel exhaustion.