Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cave House Hospitality

Am back from a 10 day tour in Turkey. It was wonderful and am so lucky to be able to enjoy the country - culturally rich, both  modern and traditional. Have to admit we had a full itinerary , thus hectic is an understatement!

 Our tour companions were close friends and friends of friends - all 24 of us. The magic of Cappadocia, especially the hot air balloon ride will always be remembered. A visit to the Ephesus is also a must! Our guide, Orzu, held us together like true glue with her professionalism and not forgetting her loud, throaty laughter!

 So much to relate about Turkey but in one word - unforgettable. Below, we visited a family who lives in a cave house. Cave houses are government owned and rented out to locals. It was a fascinating to experience the hospitality.



The hospitable couple and their 3 children live in this cave house. The man of the house carves homes out of caves as his occupation whilst his wife retains her role as a homemaker. 

A carpet loom in the background.A homemaker,our hostess is a craftswoman  indulging in lace and bead work which she sells as scarfs.

The 9 year old  learning how to receive guests - he served us sweets. His father served us Turkish tea.

Carpets cover the floor of the cave. Turkey is known for this woven industry.


A special pose for the album:)

Part of the kitchen 

We were attracted to the doily lacework . 

Scarfs with bead work for sale too.

Down the steps to the courtyard in front of the house.

An attractive feature  leading to the steps of the house. Ceramic pigeons perched on poles to denote  the Pigeon Valley we were in.  These are erected by the council.

6 comments:

  1. Interesting... have never visited such a place as yet...

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  2. Cool..must be cool as well haha. tQ

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  3. Wow! Lucky you! What a beautiful country to visit! Grand pictures.

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  4. What a fascinating and memorable trip you must have had, Keats! Am planning to visit Turkey with my parents next year provided the political uprising in the neighbouring countries doesn't affect Turkey too badly.

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  5. Glad to know that you and your DH has been travelling and living life to the fullest, and with friends too. How nice! About the modern living in cave houses - COOL!

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