Love on the Rocks

Just north of Ürgüp’s fairy chimneys in the heart of Cappadocia there is a valley called Dervent, Derbent or Devrent depending upon who you talk to. It goes by other names too, including Imagination Valley and Pink Valley. The rocks there have been weathered by time and the elements to form the most fantastical of shapes which have been given nicknames over the years, like Camel Rock, perched on a mount on the left of this photo…

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…and The Seals, frolicking joyfully nearby.

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As the sun went down over this strange lunar landscape with its bizarre formations, a set of figures caught my eye, silhouetted on opposite sides of a small hill.

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The rock formation on the left is often called the Kissing Rock (sometimes the Kissing Ducks).

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And the one on the right? Well, a cheeky chap next to me suggested it was what came after kissing. I’m not quite sure what he meant.

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Perhaps we should give them some privacy. Happy Valentine’s Day.

xxx Ailsa

 

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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23 Responses to Love on the Rocks

  1. aj vosse says:

    And there you were… just a stone’s throw away! 😉

  2. fascinating place. Just this morning, I looked outside on my snow-covered deck and saw a formation that looked like part of a fish with a long tail – formed by wind and drifting snow. More temporary than these rock formations but still a testament to Nature’s more playful forces.

    • ailsapm says:

      No snow here, but lots of thick frost making for some very pretty but very chilly mornings, my car door was frozen shut this morning. Stay warm!

  3. What fun to see these fantastic figures, Ailsa! Thanks for sharing them.

    janet

    • ailsapm says:

      Glad you enjoyed the post, Janet, it’s the most fascinating place, I could have wandered for hours through those odd formations but got there late in the day so there wasn’t much light left. I went zipping around to as many figures as I could before the light went altogether. 🙂

  4. I love Cappadocia’s magical landscape. You found the perfect kissing couple for Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  5. Jackie says:

    Belated kisses from Mexico!

  6. macropixia says:

    What an awesome landscape!

  7. Jaspa says:

    Stunning, Ailsa!

  8. pommepal says:

    Imagination in over drive here Ailsa. Like seeing creatures in clouds, but yours are more permanent

  9. truly cool, Alisa! I giggled at the end there…. just what I was thinking. And I wanted to know if this city was next door to Expialidocious?? lol seemed like it should be. what country is this??

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, I love it, yes, it must be right next door to Expialidocious 🙂
      Cappadocia is a high plateau dotted with volcanoes, right in the centre of Turkey. It looks like a lunar landscape or a set from Star Wars, it’s really amazing to see in person. 🙂

  10. Wow, how amazing! What a lovely kissing couple haha
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  11. Felipe Uhlig says:

    You need what you need You can say what you want Not much you can do when the feeling is gone May be blue skies above But it’s cold when you love’s on the rocks

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