Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Poste instante

My daughter was recently in Cappadocia. She was there once before when we were in Turkey for the total solar eclipse of 2006. This time she had the chance to see the extraordinary -- and as far as I know unique -- geology from above, from the basket of a hot air balloon.

Many of these soft volcanic rock towers have been hollowed out for a variety of purposes, including exquisitely decorated churches from early in the Christian era. Mo stayed in a hotel that had been cut from the rock.

This is part of a month-long adventure that takes her and my daughter-in-law from Italy to Cappadocia to Istanbul to Alexandria to Giza and up the Nile. And as the two gals have their fun, we get to follow via Mo's photographs posted on the web.

And it's this that I want to comment on here. She is travelling with her iPad. Even an eight-room hotel carved out of the rock in Cappadocia has Wi-Fi. A far cry from the days we travelled abroad using Poste Restante to -- if we were lucky -- get a letter from home. No restante these days. It's poste instante, and it's free.