Travelled: 500 klms from Goreme, Cappadocia to Egirdir, Anatolia Visited: The Underground City of Kaymakhi, TL20 entry. Stayed: The Marina, Egirdir. Free no services. But a view to die for. N37.876780, E30.855450
We say goodbye to Achmet and his family and turn south Kaymakli. We have been Achmet’s only clients at Panorama Camping for almost 2 weeks. Between the roadworks outside the campsite and the odd bombing and shooting of Police in Turkey he is obviously worried about business. Anyway he and his wife and two children couldn’t do enough for us and his Mum cooks a delicious pide.
About 20 klms later we drive into Kaymakli. Now everything I know about the Hittites’ comes from Cecil B. De Millel movies. I remember the 10 Commandments, although Pam can only remember the first seven, but as you know she falls asleep half way through most movies, especially anything on TV.
Anyway an elderly German man in the group in front of us appears to be having a panic attack and everything grinds to a halt, so we decide that’s enough and make our way out. Back on the surface it’s seems hard to imagine 3-4000 people living done there.
It’s another long drive today, from Kaymakli we head south west out of Cappadocia and into Anatolia. For the next 300 kilometres it’s flat arid country, not all that different to far western NSW. After passing through Konya we enter the mountains again and suddenly a lake appears on our left. We drive seeing it from time to time for the next 50 kilometres. Then into the mountains again, as we descent again we see Lake Egirdir for the first time.