A Colorful Day in Avanos

On our last day in Cappadocia, Omar from the Safran Cave Hotel, brought us to Avanos, a larger town about 10 minutes from Goreme. Avanos is well-known for its beautiful ceramics and we had the chance to visit Omurlu Ceramics. You can learn more about their story here. Upon entering, they offer Turkish tea and demonstrate pottery-making and give you a chance to try throwing pots as well.

My favorite part, however, is walking into the workshop and seeing the artisans painting and the ceramics before they are finished:

IMG_8903

A matching set being painted on

IMG_8904

Hittite wine jugs after and before glazing

IMG_8910

A very intricate and very large finished plate

The showroom at the end of the tour has some very beautiful pieces; note that you can bargain your way down to about 60% of the listed price. Don’t tell them I told you that!

After the ceramics shop, I asked Omar to take us to the Avanos Friday Market for a visit. He was a little surprised that I wanted to visit the market but very nicely obliged. This market is huge and there are so many things for sale here. It’s a very interesting hodgepodge. Also, the people are uber friendly so I would definitely recommend a visit here.

IMG_8926

Just one of the halls at the market

IMG_8917

Delicious snacks for sales. The bottom right is essentially Cappadocian trail mix.

IMG_8922

The girl in white ran next to her mom to get their photo taken. =)

IMG_8925

Tomatoes and Eggplants: staples of Turkish cuisine

IMG_8928

I love strawberries!

IMG_8930

Lots of newly dug garlic!

IMG_8945

And, uh, chickens!

IMG_8932

You see that the shoe shop is right behind the pepper shop.

IMG_8951

And the spice shop is right between the sunglasses and pants shop

IMG_8948

Also delicious cheese for sale. Goes great with watermelon!

Also, a dish that is offered almost everywhere in Cappadocia is Testi Kebab, which is essentially a beef stew cooked in a clay pot (it’s pretty tasty; we liked the version at Sedef in Goreme). Every tourist gets the chance to break the clay pot and it made me think that the clay pots must be super cheap. My suspicions were confirmed when we found clay pots at the market for 2 TL.

IMG_8918

Not a bad souvenir for 2 TL

After our visit to Avanos, we caught the airport shuttle to Kayseri. Hope you enjoyed Cappadocia! I know I did!

IMG_8955

Damnit Cappadocia, even the view from the highway is beautiful.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s