If you are thinking of a trip to Turkey, make sure it includes Cappadocia. Cappadocia is a region scattered with otherworldly rock formations which, due to the little peaks that appear on top of them, have been given the nickname ‘fairy chimneys.’ Made from soft volcanic tufa, these fairy chimneys were carved out by the Kizilirmak River over tens of thousands of years, leaving us with the odd-looking formations that we see today.
Apart from being on of the most spellbinding places to wonder around, Cappadocia is fascinating from the air, and the perfect place to do a bit of hot-air ballooning. The caves and hollows of the region served as living quarters for hundreds of people in the past, and also served as hiding places for persecuted Christians during the time of the Roman occupation. But it’s not only the ideal place for historians and geologists – geeks will recognize Cappadocia as the home of the Sand People in Star Wars IV.
Cappadocia will also be the ideal place to watch this year’s Draconids Meteor Shower – an annual astronomical event that promises to be extra-special this year. As the Earth passes through the trail left by the comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner, the Draconids Meteor Shower will light up the night sky. Provided there isn’t too much cloud around and the moon isn’t too bright, astronomers predict that this year we’ll see upwards of 750 meteors an hour, just shy of a full meteor storm. And what better place to watch shooting stars than the same spot Star Wars was filmed in?
May the force be with you!