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If Ihlara valley is the southwest corner of the imaginary triangle that forms Cappadocia (***CHECK HERE***), then the twin valleys of Soganli (Asagi Soganli & Yukari Soganli) are its southeast corner. Although in the southwest "edge" of Kayseri Prefecture, it's very close to the "borders" with Nevsehir Prefecture, not very far from the "heart" of Cappadocia, but still far enough, for most of the tourists, so you will have the chance to explore the 2 valleys of Soganli, practically "alone". Inside the valleys, a researcher, called Anastasios Levidis, counted 360 rock-cut byzantine churches, not carved in the slopes of the valleys, but "inside" some rocky cones.

If your "base" is somewhere around Goreme, Urgup or Mustafapasa (Sinassos), you'll have to drive 36 km south of Sinassos, passing by Cemilkoy, Taskinpasa and Sahinefendi. When you reach Baskoy you turn left. The part between Sahinefendi and Baskoy, passes through the plateau that you see in the photo, and reminds a steppe, almost completely flat and almost no trees.

While passing through that beautiful landscape with an incredible sky above me, I thought i was being part of some American "road movie", and I thought I was hearing the magic slide guitar of Ry Cooder (***LISTEN***), from "Paris, Texas", that excellent movie by Wim Wenders. I didn't have the soundtrack of the movie with me in the car, but i had no complaints. A CD by Omar Faruk Tekbilek (***LISTEN***), was even more fitting with that special atmosphere!

***WORKSHOP-COLOR VERSION***

***MY TRIP TO CAPPADOCIA (THEME)***

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