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TURKEY Cappadocia


WILD TURKEY IN SEARCH OF


A magical lunar landscape, quirky cave homes, a very authentic lifestyle and hot air balloons – not what draws most people to Turkey, but precisely why some Brits have fallen for Cappadocia


WORDS & IMAGES JEANNA NASH M


ost British people buying in Turkey stick to the coastal resorts, attracted by the affordable beach


lifestyle and sunshine. But Mike and Ali Green have fallen in love with an entirely different – and relatively unknown – part of the country. The couple live with their son,


12-year-old Alfi e, in Cappadocia, an inland region known for its vast, enchanting moonscape, intriguing cave homes and hot air ballooning. The Greens’ home, which they bought fi ve years ago, is in a village called Uçhisar. On a hilltop and close to the castle, it overlooks the town of Göreme. “We bought it from a French couple who had already restored the top fl oor, which is where we live now,”


says Ali. “Downstairs we have a pretty courtyard with fi ve cave rooms and we’ve started to restore three of those caves to make extra bedrooms. “About a year ago we moved in permanently – before that we’d only stayed there for a couple of months during the summer, when we were doing it up. We also rented it out as a holiday home. This has been our fi rst winter staying there and even though it’s cold, there’s sunshine, blue skies and we’ve good old-fashioned wood burners to keep us warm.” Mike works in Göreme as chief pilot


for local ballooning company Butterfl y Balloons (www.butterfl yballoons.com).


Main Mike and Ali Green at their home in Uçhisar Right Ballooning over Cappadocia; the Greens inside their cave home


GETTING THERE


To reach Cappadocia from the UK, fl y to Istanbul and pick up a one-hour internal transfer to either Kayseri or Neveshir, the former being served by Pegasus (www.fl ypgs.com) and a one-hour drive from Göreme and the latter being served by Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) and 40 minutes from Göreme.


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