Cappadocia, Turkey: Kelebek Cave Hotel

by jenjenk on November 7, 2011

I lost something here, something I never expected to lose.  The best thing about losing it was that it opened up my hands to grasp something even better.  You see, the thing that I lost was my sense of time. Generally speaking, my every day life is ruled by time – how much [or little] time I have to accomplish all my tasks. I get a little crazy when I see the clock moving forward and I’m not moving with it.  In my career, I am almost in constant motion.  However, somehow I couldn’t seem to move away from this spot at the Kelebek Cave Hotel in Goreme.

No matter how much I tried to move away from this spot, the cushions seemed to suck me right back in [I’m pretty sure that there’s some sort of vacuum attached to these cushions].  I spent hours here, doing everything and absolutely nothing.  I did some daily activities that one would expect to do in Cappadocia but ultimately, I just couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel.  Some days I would be so sleepy, that I’d have to crash for a bit in my very large cave room, equipped with a fireplace.

I loved starting my day off with a traditional Turkish breakfast [where I seemed to lose some more hours sitting and drinking tea].  It was hardy enough to get me through lunch.  Well, it was probably hardy enough because I had to try EVERYTHING on the boards.

I’d bring my tea out onto the patio to take in the stunning views.  I took countless photos every day I was here.  The scenery seemed to change by the seconds.  I could post hundreds of my craptastic photos but I suspect you’d leave before getting to the end of this post.

I learned how to slow down here.  In my usual whirlwind to get everything done, I tend to overlook so many small details, like the quietness of the valley seconds before it’s inhabitants start moving about.  Looking back at my trip, I realized that the strongest memories I have of Turkey is my time in Cappadocia.  I gave myself a chance to breathe here and to take everything in.  I learned that just because I’m in motion doesn’t mean that I’m absorbing or acquiring anything.  Sometimes the best course of action is inaction.

Slowing down is a relatively new concept to me. What I gained from that slow down in the middle of my trip was invaluable as a traveler, one that I try to do in all my trips.  What have you gained from slowing down in your travels? 

Note about the hotel: I paid for my own hotel stay.  My reviews are my own.  Some suggest getting the chimney rooms but I really like having my bathroom en-suite since it gets pretty cold [for my Southern Cali Girl sensibilities] during the evenings.

 

Kelebek Cave Hotel
Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sokak, No:1
50180 Goreme Nevsehir TURKEY
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inka November 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

You really caught the spirit of Cappadocia. These cave hotelsl are fantastic, aren’t they? Did you hear the winds blow through the chimneys telling the tales of the Persians hwo first came here naming it county of the wild horses?

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jenjenk November 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Inka – that is so funny. I was trying to write about the sound of the wind as the 2nd thing I noticed because I had slowed down. There’s just something so soothing to me about it and I just couldn’t capture the essense of it so i took it out. I had no idea about the tales of the persians – thanks for sharing that info!!!

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Turkey's For Life November 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Great photos. We stayed in a cave hotel in Göreme when we went to Cappadocia and just loved it. Not surprised you loved the breakfast so much. It looks amazing! :)
Julia

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jenjenk November 10, 2011 at 3:28 am

which hotel did you stay at?? I really loved Kelebek! Can’t wait to go back again!

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Cathy Sweeney November 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Slowing down is something I definitely need to do. Maybe Cappadocia would be the perfect place to give it a try! Seems like I’m always in a whirlwind while I’m traveling, which can be very exciting. But losing a sense of time for a bit sounds very appealing.

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jenjenk November 10, 2011 at 3:29 am

it’s so hard to do – sometimes i feel like i don’t have enough discipline to do it. I’m so type a, it’s a struggle.

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Mark Wiens November 8, 2011 at 5:42 am

I think I could fall into an everlasting form of relaxation and eating here. The entire setting, the comfort of the sofa (and the room), and the buffet of delicacies looks absolutely spectacular.

Slow paced travel is something I’ve been an advocate of for a while now – not only can you more fully enjoy a certain place, you can explore a place, its culture and its food in a much deeper way.

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jenjenk November 10, 2011 at 3:30 am

I want to travel your style – you are ALWAYS delving into culture by its food, bite by bite!!!

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Gladys | ByahengBarok.com November 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm

i love the cave hostels! seems cozy enough for me. :)

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jenjenk November 10, 2011 at 3:30 am

it is!! the chimney suites are much smaller & cozier!! [i’m just too much of a pansy to leave my warm room to go to the bathroom!]

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Jamie November 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Wow is this stunningly beautiful! My husband wants to visit Turkey and these photos have me convinced! Beautiful!

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jenjenk November 10, 2011 at 3:31 am

You would *love* it. there’s so much more to it than my poor photography skills can portray!

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Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista November 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I want to visit Turkey but this post and pictures have made me want to go now! I really want to find a place so I can loose sense of time and just relax and absorb it all. Thanks for sharing your excellent adventure :)

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jenjenk November 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

i love how inexpensive everything is! it really did help with the daily enjoyment for me! :)

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Christy @ Technosyncratic November 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Whoa, a CAVE room? That’s wild and something I’ve never heard of before!

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jenjenk November 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

it is definitely something you need to do when you go to turkey!

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John in France November 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

You have the secret to good travel – do more by doing less is my catch phrase!! Sounds great!

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jenjenk November 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

I wish someone had pounded it into my head a lot harder, a lot earlier!! :)

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robin November 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

I LOVE the look of this place! Beautiful :)

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jenjenk November 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

it is GORGEOUS…

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HeatherChristo November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I can barely even grasp the words “slowing down”! But these pictures sure make me want to sink right in and stare at that view all day!

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