When watching the cartoon, The Flintstones, as a kid, I never imagined I’d ever get to Bedrock to visit Wilma and Fred — but I have arrived!
I’m sitting in the Bedrock Cave Hotel in the town of Göreme which is located in the province of Kapadokya (Cappadocia) in south central Turkey. Göreme is a dead-ringer for the Flintstones’ hometown. People have lived in caves here since the Hittites moved in around 1800 BC.
The landscape is otherworldly — a cross between the moon and the Grand Canyon. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what led people to burrow into the rock here — so much so that they built entire cities underground. (I’m visiting one tomorrow.)
A little research revealed that the Göreme area often found itself in the middle of rivaling empires, like the Greeks and the Persians, followed by the Romans.To escape all the turmoil, natives tunneled into the rock. Early Christians hid out here to escape Roman persecution.
Today, Göreme is a tourist town easily accessed by road or two nearby airports in Nevsehir and Kayseri respectively.
Our small hotel, highly recommended on Trip Advisor, has a lovely terrace restaurant and bills itself as “A romantic cave hotel in Cappadocia with breathtaking view.”
I think Wilma and Fred would concur.
Goodnight from Bedrock.