Featured city: Goreme, Turkey

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Weird landscapes at Goreme, Turkey

GOREME is a town in the Cappadocia region of central Turkey and the center of the tourism industry of the region, based on and around the “hoodoo”/“fairy chimney” rock formations which define the region. These are formations in which a hard upper stratum has formed a cap over softer strata, which have then been weathered away and frequently carved out for utilitarian purposes, especially clandestine Christian churches in the era in which that was subversive. It’s surreal and imaginations have gone wild to promote it, most often comparing it to the “yabba-dabba-doo” landscape of Fred Flintstone’s Bedrock City. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hostels are of good quality and good value.  There are half a dozen listed in the book “Backpackers &f Flashpackers in Eastern Europe,” with complete specs and contact info.  Check it out.