Cappadocia – one of the most fascinating places I’ve been to. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw this geological oddity of honeycombed hills and towering boulders of otherworldly beauty. Its fantastical topography is matched by the human history. It lies in central Anatolia, in the heartland of what is now Turkey. People have long utilised the region’s soft stone, seeking shelter underground and leaving the countryside scattered with fascinating troglodyte-style architecture.
The world’s biggest beer festival, Munich’s Oktoberfest, has opened with six million revellers expected just as the German city is grappling with a record refugee influx. The celebration of traditional Bavarian culture with its oompah music and beloved frothy beer kicked off when Mayor Dieter Reiter cracked the first beer barrel with two mallet blows and offered a toast to a “peaceful” Oktoberfest.