(Photo By Dalyan60.) Just a few miles from the town of Urgup (pop. 15,000) is the picturesque village of Mustafapasa (pop. 1500). "Until WWI, (it) was a predominantly Ottoman Greek settlement. These days, it greatly benefits from this Greek legacy, as its exquisitely decorated stone-carved houses and minor rock-cut churches attract the attention of a small but respectable number of foreign and domestic tourists," reports LonelyPlanet.com. We stayed two nights in early March at the family-run Pacha Hotel, and were treated to Turkish breakfast and dinner in the charming dining room. The hotel is run by two brothers, Ozgur and Ismael, and their wives. Ozgur, who speaks fluent French, led us on a day-long tour of the region on Saturday. (Fortunately, Lucia was able to converse with him pretty well.)
Breakfast at the Hotel Pacha.
On Sunday, we walked the hills filled with rock-carved churches. Alex, as usual, made fast friends with a dog who accompanied us and had a face off with a donkey.