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Things to know before you visit Moscow

Moscow is supposed to be something impressive and it really is. It’s a totally insane city full of raw and chaotic energy, concentrating 80% of the country’s money and 10% of its population. Moscow is uncomfortable and charming, filthy rich and desperately poor, fast-paced and lazy, trendy and kitschy – all at the same time. Unlikely contrasts are everywhere: fancy shops neighbor concrete shacks left from the Soviet times; crowds of star-gazing happy hipsters mix with rugged tired people with solemn and unhappy faces; Bentleys and BMWs share the busy chaotic traffic with half-destroyed old Ladas; and so on… As everywhere in Russia it’s like a mix of two worlds: Europe and Asia, democracy and communism, joy and grief, prosperity and poverty. Moscow could be just another capital, but it isn’t. Rather, the city is an exaggerated version of everything you can get in Russia, as if conforming to the local…

Cappadocia Green Tour | Visit the Derinkuyu undergrown city

If you really want to see everything that Cappadocia has to offer, beside the Red Tour, you must book also the Green Tour that covers the Southeast Part of the region. From ancient underground cities to spectacular viewpoints, the Green Tour take you in the highlight of Cappadocia’s southern Landscape. Pigeon Valley We started our tour with the Pigeon Valley, which we enjoyed from above. The time we visited there were not so many pigeon but we might say that it was too early in the morning 🙂 The name comes from the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times. Although they can be found throughout Cappadocia, they are especially numerous in this valley. They were carved wherever space allowed, including abandoned cave houses and churches. In Cappadocia, pigeons have long been a source of food and fertilizer. The advent of chemical…

Cappadocia Red Tour | Discover the land of the Fairy Chimneys

Seeing Cappadocia in one day is almost impossible, so the local companies have divided the region into 2 main tours The Red tour and the Green tour (other options are available but these 2 are the most popular). Today we will cover the Cappadocia Red Tour aka North Cappadocia Tour. If you are looking for a good value tour that captures much of the key sites of Cappadocia, then the Red Tour is a good option. This tour is offered by nearly every travel agency in Cappadocia. Some agencies may have different names for it, but it is pretty much the same. We went with the Gorgeous Travel agency for the Red Tour, and we enjoyed so much that we booked with them almost everything that they had on the list. As I said before, we prefer to explore on our own. In Cappadocia the interest points are spread out…

Sleeping in a Cave Hotel in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is honeycombed with caves. Many were built by hand in the soft volcanic rock hundreds if not thousands of years ago. The caves have been used as homes, monasteries, churches and now hotels. In Goreme alone there are over 30 cave hotels offering everything from one star to five star accommodation. I’ll be honest; the thought of sleeping in a cave hotel in Cappadocia was one of the reasons, among many, why I had decided to spend my birthday there. Cappadocia in Turkey’s central Anatolian region, truly is right out of a fairytale with a spectacular landscape of caves, fairy chimneys, pinnacles and unique soft rock formations as a result of volcanic activity and erosion. We’d chosen to base ourselves in the town of Goreme because accommodation here had fit perfectly into our budget and we would be close to our areas of interest. We booked our accommodation via…