La Compagnia del Relax

21 08 2008

It’s been a few days since we’ve come back from our trip to Turkey and we still have our eyes filled with images from the wonderful places we’ve seen. It’s been a truly amazing vacation and I want to start collecting here some memories and some useful (hopefully) suggestions for my readers. More posts about Turkey will surely follow.

First of all, I want to thank a guy who has helped us make the most of our trip: Enrico Radrizzani (he’s the guy on the right in the picture below). We met Enrico on our first night in Uçhisar, in the center of Cappadocia and made friends immediately. He fell in love with Turkey years ago and has been spending long months there every year since then.

Enrico and one of his Turkish friendsWhat’s great about Enrico is that he knows a whole lot of stuff about Turkey, including plenty of useful information that is not usually found on travel guides. He will gladly advise you about places to visit, how to avoid big tourist flocks, which guides are the best, where to eat, and much more. If it weren’t for him, we would have never seen places like Maziköy, which wasn’t even on our map, or done a trek along the Rose Valley in the wee hours of the morning, when hot air balloons fill the sky in an eerie silence.

You will usually find Enrico in the main square of the village of Uçhisar. If you can’t locate him, ask Faruk, the owner of the carpet shop which opens on the same square, right below the “castle”.

You can also find him online, either at La Compagnia del Relax (Italian language only), a website which provides information about Turkey, with an accent on Cappadocia, suggestions about places to visit and things to do, and various other initiatives like a photography workshop. You can also read his blog (again in Italian) Il Gran Turco.

Thanks, Enrico, and see you some time in Italy this fall!

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