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  1.  To the Hagia Sophia.   16 August 2020, Sunday.   Istanbul Turkey,
         Aug 16, 2020
  Istanbul, Turkey  
  2.  Inside the Hagia Sophia.   17 August 2020, Monday.   Istanbul Turkey,
         Aug 17, 2020
  Istanbul, Turkey  
  3.  Blue Mosque.   18 August 2020, Tuesday.   Istanbul Turkey,
         Aug 18, 2020
  Istanbul, Turkey  
  4.  The Basilica Cistern.   19 August 2020, Wednesday.   Istanbul Turkey,
         Aug 19, 2020
  Turkey, Istanbul  
  5.  Istanbul at night.   20 August 2020, Thursday.   Istanbul Turkey,
         Aug 20, 2020
  Turkey, Istanbul  
  6.  A short sail up the Bosporus.   21 August 2020, Friday.   Istanbul Turkey,
         Aug 21, 2020
  Turkey, Istanbul  
  7.  Spice Bazaar.   23 August 2020, Sunday.   Istanbul Turkey,
         Aug 23, 2020
  Turkey, Istanbul  
  8.  Grand Bazaar.   24 August 2020, Monday.   Istanbul Turkey,
         Aug 24, 2020
  Turkey, Istanbul  
  9.  Kybele Hotel.   25 August 2020, Tuesday.   Istanbul Turkey,
         Aug 25, 2020
  Turkey, Istanbul  
10.  Cappadocia.   26 August 2020, Wednesday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Aug 26, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
11.  Morning in Goreme.   27 August 2020, Thursday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Aug 27, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
12.  Balloons.   28 August 2020, Friday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Aug 28, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
13.  Around Goreme.   29 August 2020, Saturday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Aug 29, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
14.  Rose and Red Valleys.   30 August 2020, Sunday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Aug 30, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
15.  Ömürlü Ceramics.   31 August 2020, Monday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Aug 31, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
16.  Around Cappadocia.   1 September 2020, Tuesday.   Cappadocia Turkey,
         Sep 1, 2020
  Turkey, Cappadocia  
17.  A few more.   2 September 2020, Wednesday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Sep 2, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
18.  Take off.   3 September 2020, Thursday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Sep 3, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
19.  Airborne.   4 September 2020, Friday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Sep 4, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
20.  On board.   5 September 2020, Saturday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Sep 5, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
21.  Goreme from the air.   6 September 2020, Sunday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Sep 6, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
22.  Preparing to land.   7 September 2020, Monday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Sep 7, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
23.  Landing.   8 September 2020, Tuesday.   Goreme Turkey,
         Sep 8, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
24.  Friendly wildlife.   9 September 2020, Wednesday.   Alaçati Turkey,
         Sep 9, 2020
  Turkey, Alaçati  
25.  Cesme and Alaçati.   10 September 2020, Thursday.   Alaçati Cesme Turkey,
         Sep 10, 2020
  Turkey, Cesme, Alaçati  
26.  Ephesus.   11 September 2020, Friday.   Ephesus Turkey,
         Sep 11, 2020
  Turkey, Ephesus  
27.  Turkish carpets.   12 September 2020, Saturday.   Alaçati Selçuk Turkey,
         Sep 12, 2020
  Turkey, Selçuk, Alaçati  
28.  Last days in Turkey.   13 September 2020, Sunday.   Cesme Turkey,
         Sep 13, 2020
  Turkey, Cesme  
 
 
 
1. To the Hagia Sophia
16 August 2020.   Istanbul, Turkey 
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1. To the Hagia Sophia
16 August 2020.  Istanbul, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

It'd be nice if I could write that these photos were just taken yesterday but I can't, they're from 2010. You see I was thinking about Turkey as I saw something in the news about the Hagia Sophia and it reminded me of our trip to Istanbul and thereabouts (which was well before I started this blog).

So to recap, in the fall of 2010 we flew to Istanbul, with a friend. The photos below were taken the day we visited the Hagia Sophia.

 
 
 
 
Walking to Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Walking to Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Walking to Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
Lunch with Paul and Kathy
     
 
 
 
Lunch with Paul and Kathy
     
 
 
 
Lunch with Paul and Kathy
     
 
 
Turkish kids on a field trip
     
 
 
 
Turkish kids on a field trip
     
 
 
 
Turkish kids on a field trip
     
 
 
Crowded doorway to the Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Crowded doorway to the Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Crowded doorway to the Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
Hagia Sophia
     
Tomorrow I'll post interior shots.
 
 
 
Hagia Sophia
     
Tomorrow I'll post interior shots.
 
 
 
Hagia Sophia
     
Tomorrow I'll post interior shots.
 
 
2. Inside the Hagia Sophia
17 August 2020.   Istanbul, Turkey 
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2. Inside the Hagia Sophia
17 August 2020.  Istanbul, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

Just finished a New Yorker, the June 22 issue with George Floyd on the cover, which I found full of thoughtful articles. The history of ignored civil rights commissions. On the ground with the protesters in Minneapolis. The southern state prison system that could be mistaken for a plantation in the pre-civil-war American south. The year 2020 sure isn't making out to be the shiny new future I was expecting.

Speaking of being stuck in the past, today I'm looking at photos of a very old building in Istanbul. The Hagia Sophia was built in 537 and was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. It has also been a mosque and a museum and is now a mosque again. It was a museum when these photos were taken. You can of course read about it on wikipedia.

 
 
 
 
Inside the Hagia Sophia
     
This shot was taken with a wide angle lens, 11mm on APS-C. Still I wish I'd taken a panoramic set of photos that I could stitch together.
 
 
 
Inside the Hagia Sophia
     
This shot was taken with a wide angle lens, 11mm on APS-C. Still I wish I'd taken a panoramic set of photos that I could stitch together.
 
 
 
Inside the Hagia Sophia
     
This shot was taken with a wide angle lens, 11mm on APS-C. Still I wish I'd taken a panoramic set of photos that I could stitch together.
 
 
Kathy and Paul in Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Kathy and Paul in Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Kathy and Paul in Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
Ceiling of Hafia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Ceiling of Hafia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Ceiling of Hafia Sophia
     
 
 
Hagia Sophia
     
The Hagia Sophia is a popular site to visit. There was a line at the entry gate and many people inside.
 
 
 
Hagia Sophia
     
The Hagia Sophia is a popular site to visit. There was a line at the entry gate and many people inside.
 
 
 
Hagia Sophia
     
The Hagia Sophia is a popular site to visit. There was a line at the entry gate and many people inside.
 
 
Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
 
Hagia Sophia
     
 
 
Checking out the history
     
 
 
 
Checking out the history
     
 
 
 
Checking out the history
     
 
 
3. Blue Mosque
18 August 2020.   Istanbul, Turkey 
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3. Blue Mosque
18 August 2020.  Istanbul, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

Of course if you're visiting Istanbul you have to check out the giant Blue Mosque. But first you have to get past the fellows who want to sell you something and then the crowds of tourists (of which I am one).

 
 
 
 
Lots of people visiting
     
 
 
 
Lots of people visiting
     
 
 
 
Lots of people visiting
     
 
 
The mosque
     
 
 
 
The mosque
     
 
 
 
The mosque
     
 
 
Line to get in
     
 
 
 
Line to get in
     
 
 
 
Line to get in
     
 
 
Blue Mosque ceiling
     
 
 
 
Blue Mosque ceiling
     
 
 
 
Blue Mosque ceiling
     
 
 
A large room, a blue tiled dome, and red carpet
     
 
 
 
A large room, a blue tiled dome, and red carpet
     
 
 
 
A large room, a blue tiled dome, and red carpet
     
 
 
4. The Basilica Cistern
19 August 2020.   Istanbul, Turkey 
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4. The Basilica Cistern
19 August 2020.  Istanbul, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
The Cistern

Down the street from our Istanbul hotel was the Basilica Cistern, largest of Istanbul's many cisterns. It dates to the 6th century. It's the most beautiful hole in the ground for collecting water that I've seen. Climbing down into the cavernous space felt like entering a sunken temple, except that this one was partially submerged in water and even had some fish in it. Of course the wonderful wikipedia has all you need to know, such as the cistern's size (138 x 65 m or 453 x 213 ft) and the skinny on all those columns (336 marble columns each 9 m or about 30 ft tall).

 
 
 
 
The Basilica Cistern
     
 
 
 
The Basilica Cistern
     
 
 
 
The Basilica Cistern
     
 
 
The Basilica Cistern
     

It was very dark inside the cistern so the photos are pretty noisy.

 
 
 
The Basilica Cistern
     

It was very dark inside the cistern so the photos are pretty noisy.

 
 
 
The Basilica Cistern
     

It was very dark inside the cistern so the photos are pretty noisy.

 
 
The Basilica Cistern
     
 
 
 
The Basilica Cistern
     
 
 
 
The Basilica Cistern
     
 
 
5. Istanbul at night
20 August 2020.   Istanbul, Turkey 
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5. Istanbul at night
20 August 2020.  Istanbul, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

One evening (this is 2010) we walked to another part of town to eat and check out the night life. So we crossed a busy road then passed a ferry being loaded. Next we walked the length of the Galata Bridge and then up the hill on the other side to our busy destination. Along the way we passed the 5th-century Galata Tower.

 
 
 
 
Istanbul
     
 
 
 
Istanbul
     
 
 
 
Istanbul
     
 
 
Istanbul ferry port
     
 
 
 
Istanbul ferry port
     
 
 
 
Istanbul ferry port
     
 
 
Galata Bridge
     
 
 
 
Galata Bridge
     
 
 
 
Galata Bridge
     
 
 
Galata Tower
     
 
 
 
Galata Tower
     
 
 
 
Galata Tower
     
 
 
Istanbul street at night
     
 
 
 
Istanbul street at night
     
 
 
 
Istanbul street at night
     
 
 
Istanbul streetcar
     
 
 
 
Istanbul streetcar
     
 
 
 
Istanbul streetcar
     
 
 
Playing fames
     
 
 
 
Playing fames
     
 
 
 
Playing fames
     
 
 
Istanbul music
     
 
 
 
Istanbul music
     
 
 
 
Istanbul music
     
 
 
Galata bridge at night
     
 
 
 
Galata bridge at night
     
 
 
 
Galata bridge at night
     
 
 
6. A short sail up the Bosporus
21 August 2020.   Istanbul, Turkey 
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6. A short sail up the Bosporus
21 August 2020.  Istanbul, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
The Bosporus

It was a sunny day so we caught a ferry and took it up the Bosphorus, the strait that divides Europe from Asia and connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The Bosporus cuts through Istanbul placing half the city in one continent, the other half in another.

We got off at the town of Anadolu Kavagi, which is almost to the Black sea, to walk and have lunch. I took a few photos. I saw signs warning not to photograph anything military so I didn't. We then took a ferry back the way we came, our eyes on the shoreline lined with homes, arriving in Istanbul just before dark.

 
 
 
 
View inside the ferry
     
 
 
 
View inside the ferry
     
 
 
 
View inside the ferry
     
 
 
Kathy and Paul at lunch
     
 
 
 
Kathy and Paul at lunch
     
 
 
 
Kathy and Paul at lunch
     
 
 
Lunch in the town of Anadolu Kavagi
     
 
 
 
Lunch in the town of Anadolu Kavagi
     
 
 
 
Lunch in the town of Anadolu Kavagi
     
 
 
The Bosporus
     
 
 
 
The Bosporus
     
 
 
 
The Bosporus
     
 
 
The Bosporus
     
 
 
 
The Bosporus
     
 
 
 
The Bosporus
     
 
 
Approaching Istanbul
     
 
 
 
Approaching Istanbul
     
 
 
 
Approaching Istanbul
     
 
 
Stopping at a dock
     
 
 
 
Stopping at a dock
     
 
 
 
Stopping at a dock
     
 
 
Turkish flag
     
 
 
 
Turkish flag
     
 
 
 
Turkish flag
     
 
 
Heading to port in Istanbul
     
 
 
 
Heading to port in Istanbul
     
 
 
 
Heading to port in Istanbul
     
 
 
Fishing off the Galata bridge
     
 
 
 
Fishing off the Galata bridge
     
 
 
 
Fishing off the Galata bridge
     
 
 
7. Spice Bazaar
23 August 2020.   Istanbul, Turkey 
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7. Spice Bazaar
23 August 2020.  Istanbul, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Just another doorway

I'll resist looking at more photos taken around Santa Cruz and resume where I was, which is in Turkey in September 2010.

Istanbul's Spice Bazaar is a large spice-oriented market hidden behind a nondescript doorway. It dates back to the mid-1600s. The market has about 85 shops selling spices, sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.

 
 
 
 
Spice Bazaar
     
 
 
 
Spice Bazaar
     
 
 
 
Spice Bazaar
     
 
 
Spice Bazaar
     
 
 
 
Spice Bazaar
     
 
 
 
Spice Bazaar
     
 
 
Spice Bazaar
     
 
 
 
Spice Bazaar
     
 
 
 
Spice Bazaar
     
 
 
Lucky charms
     
The blue and white disks on the right are considered lucky.
 
 
 
Lucky charms
     
The blue and white disks on the right are considered lucky.
 
 
 
Lucky charms
     
The blue and white disks on the right are considered lucky.
 
 
8. Grand Bazaar
24 August 2020.   Istanbul, Turkey 
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8. Grand Bazaar
24 August 2020.  Istanbul, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is a lot larger than the Spice Bazaar with thousands of places to spend your Turkish lira. It's old, with parts of the bazaar dating back to the mid 1400s.

The entrance to the bazaar is just an arched doorway facing a street. Inside is a maze of enclosed streets lined with small shops. Those selling similar things, say gold or women's dresses or ceramic dishes, appear together, which can either make comparisons easy or lead to decision paralysis.

The Grand Bazaar reminds me of the visually-uninteresting multi-level Bangkok shopping mall where my need for a cellphone case lead me to a whole floor of shops selling cellphone cases, presenting me with so many choices I couldn't choose.

 
 
 
 
The bazaar is on a nondescript street in Istanbul
     
 
 
 
The bazaar is on a nondescript street in Istanbul
     
 
 
 
The bazaar is on a nondescript street in Istanbul
     
 
 
The Grand Bazaar
     
 
 
 
The Grand Bazaar
     
 
 
 
The Grand Bazaar
     
 
 
Overhead tv screens
     
 
 
 
Overhead tv screens
     
 
 
 
Overhead tv screens
     
 
 
Paul shopping
     
 
 
 
Paul shopping
     
 
 
 
Paul shopping
     
 
 
Some people, like Kathy, enjoy shopping
     
 
 
 
Some people, like Kathy, enjoy shopping
     
 
 
 
Some people, like Kathy, enjoy shopping
     
 
 
Food court
     
 
 
 
Food court
     
 
 
 
Food court
     
 
 
Bacarrat game
     
 
 
 
Bacarrat game
     
 
 
 
Bacarrat game
     
 
 
Lunch in the bazaar
     
 
 
 
Lunch in the bazaar
     
 
 
 
Lunch in the bazaar
     
 
 
9. Kybele Hotel
25 August 2020.   Istanbul, Turkey 
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9. Kybele Hotel
25 August 2020.  Istanbul, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

Before I leave Istanbul a few photos of our hotel, the Kybele. It's in the middle of the tourist area so it's convenient to the major sights and rich in cafes. The downside is the shopkeepers here seemed to be especially aggressive (and that's putting it nicely).

 
 
 
 
The Kybele Hotel
     
 
 
 
The Kybele Hotel
     
 
 
 
The Kybele Hotel
     
 
 
The Kybele Hotel has a theme
     
 
 
 
The Kybele Hotel has a theme
     
 
 
 
The Kybele Hotel has a theme
     
 
 
View from our balcony
     
 
 
 
View from our balcony
     
 
 
 
View from our balcony
     
 
 
Paul on our balcony
     
 
 
 
Paul on our balcony
     
 
 
 
Paul on our balcony
     
 
 
Cafes on our street
     
 
 
 
Cafes on our street
     
 
 
 
Cafes on our street
     
 
 
10. Cappadocia
26 August 2020.   Goreme, Turkey 
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10. Cappadocia
26 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Gorem

From Istanbul we traveled to Goreme, to see rocks, caves and balloons. It's a small town in Cappadocia, in the center of Turkey. To get to Goreme we flew to Kayseri, the nearest town with an airport, then took a taxi to Goreme and the interesting and comfortable Kelebek Cave Hotel.

 
 
 
 
The Kayseri airport
     
 
 
 
The Kayseri airport
     
 
 
 
The Kayseri airport
     
 
 
Kayseri outskirts seen from taxi
     
 
 
 
Kayseri outskirts seen from taxi
     
 
 
 
Kayseri outskirts seen from taxi
     
 
 
Central Turkey
     
 
 
 
Central Turkey
     
 
 
 
Central Turkey
     
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
At first glance you might think that this is a bit tumbledown but actually it's a fine old stone hotel perched top of a hill. The rooms and spaces are interesting and varied. Good food, too.
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
At first glance you might think that this is a bit tumbledown but actually it's a fine old stone hotel perched top of a hill. The rooms and spaces are interesting and varied. Good food, too.
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
At first glance you might think that this is a bit tumbledown but actually it's a fine old stone hotel perched top of a hill. The rooms and spaces are interesting and varied. Good food, too.
 
 
Kelebek hotel with fairy chimney
     
 
 
 
Kelebek hotel with fairy chimney
     
 
 
 
Kelebek hotel with fairy chimney
     
 
 
View from Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
View from Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
View from Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
Fairy chimney room
     
 
 
 
Fairy chimney room
     
 
 
 
Fairy chimney room
     
 
 
Goreme town street
     
 
 
 
Goreme town street
     
 
 
 
Goreme town street
     
 
 
11. Morning in Goreme
27 August 2020.   Goreme, Turkey 
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11. Morning in Goreme
27 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Morning at the Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Morning at the Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Morning at the Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
Hotel construction
     
 
 
 
Hotel construction
     
 
 
 
Hotel construction
     
 
 
View from our patio
     
 
 
 
View from our patio
     
 
 
 
View from our patio
     
 
 
Hotel bathroom downstairs
     
 
 
 
Hotel bathroom downstairs
     
 
 
 
Hotel bathroom downstairs
     
 
 
Hotel room bath
     
 
 
 
Hotel room bath
     
 
 
 
Hotel room bath
     
 
 
Hotel room
     
 
 
 
Hotel room
     
 
 
 
Hotel room
     
 
 
Waiting for breakfast
     
 
 
 
Waiting for breakfast
     
 
 
 
Waiting for breakfast
     
 
 

 
 
 
12. Balloons
28 August 2020.   Goreme, Turkey 
12. Balloons
28 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Balloons over Goreme
     
 
 
 
Balloons over Goreme
     
 
 
 
Balloons over Goreme
     
 
 

 
 
 
13. Around Goreme
29 August 2020.   Goreme, Turkey 
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13. Around Goreme
29 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

A day spent wandering the streets, shops and cafes of Goreme.

 
 
 
 
Note the room built to span between chimney rocks
     
 
 
 
Note the room built to span between chimney rocks
     
 
 
 
Note the room built to span between chimney rocks
     
 
 
Hotel dining room
     
 
 
 
Hotel dining room
     
 
 
 
Hotel dining room
     
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
Kathy & Paul on hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Kathy & Paul on hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Kathy & Paul on hotel patio
     
 
 
A little car repair
     
 
 
 
A little car repair
     
 
 
 
A little car repair
     
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
Balloon mobiles ready for tomorrow morning
     
 
 
 
Balloon mobiles ready for tomorrow morning
     
 
 
 
Balloon mobiles ready for tomorrow morning
     
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
I like the Travelers Tales books
     
 
 
 
I like the Travelers Tales books
     
 
 
 
I like the Travelers Tales books
     
 
 
Evening view with fisheye
     
 
 
 
Evening view with fisheye
     
 
 
 
Evening view with fisheye
     
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
Efes the beer of Turkey
     
 
 
 
Efes the beer of Turkey
     
 
 
 
Efes the beer of Turkey
     
 
 
Mutant VW
     
 
 
 
Mutant VW
     
 
 
 
Mutant VW
     
 
 
Carpets, carpets, carpets, carpets
     
 
 
 
Carpets, carpets, carpets, carpets
     
 
 
 
Carpets, carpets, carpets, carpets
     
 
 
We bought one of these pitchers
     
 
 
 
We bought one of these pitchers
     
 
 
 
We bought one of these pitchers
     
 
 
14. Rose and Red Valleys
30 August 2020.   Goreme, Turkey 
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14. Rose and Red Valleys
30 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Red and Rose valleys

About 5km outside of Goreme are the Red and Rose valleys which are traversed with a set of good trails. We took a guided hike through the valleys to see the countryside and get closer to the caves and the odd rock formations.

 
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
This is a close up of a carved-in-the-rock dwelling. The next shot is the same rock but at a distance.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
This is a close up of a carved-in-the-rock dwelling. The next shot is the same rock but at a distance.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
This is a close up of a carved-in-the-rock dwelling. The next shot is the same rock but at a distance.
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
The previous shot's dwelling is just barely visible in the upper left hand corner.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
The previous shot's dwelling is just barely visible in the upper left hand corner.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
The previous shot's dwelling is just barely visible in the upper left hand corner.
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
I really don't like caves but I did a few today.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
I really don't like caves but I did a few today.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
I really don't like caves but I did a few today.
 
 
A stop for tea
     
 
 
 
A stop for tea
     
 
 
 
A stop for tea
     
 
 
More odd rocks
     
 
 
 
More odd rocks
     
 
 
 
More odd rocks
     
 
 
Cave dwelling or temple?
     
We all climbed in and got a guided tour of the room.
 
 
 
Cave dwelling or temple?
     
We all climbed in and got a guided tour of the room.
 
 
 
Cave dwelling or temple?
     
We all climbed in and got a guided tour of the room.
 
 
Our guide
     
 
 
 
Our guide
     
 
 
 
Our guide
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
15. Ömürlü Ceramics
31 August 2020.   Goreme, Turkey 
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15. Ömürlü Ceramics
31 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Ömürlü

You know how when you're off in a foreign land and you hire a guide the guide includes in the tour some places to shop. And you figure the guide is getting paid to take you to those shops. Well our guide did this but it was fine. He made a little money and we got to tour a couple of local businesses that we'd otherwise not see.

One stop, at a vineyard, was ho hum, but the second, a pottery manufacturer called Ömürlü Ceramics in Avanos (reviewed here), was pretty cool. We got to watch them make the pottery, paint it, glaze it, and then end up with a showroom of tempting pieces.

 
 
 
 
Pottery island
     
On the way to the pottery maker we crossed a wide river. The river had an island in it and the island was covered with broken pottery.
 
 
 
Pottery island
     
On the way to the pottery maker we crossed a wide river. The river had an island in it and the island was covered with broken pottery.
 
 
 
Pottery island
     
On the way to the pottery maker we crossed a wide river. The river had an island in it and the island was covered with broken pottery.
 
 
Making pottery
     
Without saying anything, this fellow demonstrated how to throw a pot.
 
 
 
Making pottery
     
Without saying anything, this fellow demonstrated how to throw a pot.
 
 
 
Making pottery
     
Without saying anything, this fellow demonstrated how to throw a pot.
 
 
The final product
     
 
 
 
The final product
     
 
 
 
The final product
     
 
 
Painters
     
This room featured a u-shaped table occupied by people painting the pottery.
 
 
 
Painters
     
This room featured a u-shaped table occupied by people painting the pottery.
 
 
 
Painters
     
This room featured a u-shaped table occupied by people painting the pottery.
 
 
Painting
     
 
 
 
Painting
     
 
 
 
Painting
     
 
 
Finely-detailed workmanship
     
 
 
 
Finely-detailed workmanship
     
 
 
 
Finely-detailed workmanship
     
 
 
Painted pottery
     
 
 
 
Painted pottery
     
 
 
 
Painted pottery
     
 
 
Studying the merchandise
     
 
 
 
Studying the merchandise
     
 
 
 
Studying the merchandise
     
 
 
16. Around Cappadocia
1 September 2020.   Cappadocia, Turkey 
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16. Around Cappadocia
1 September 2020.  Cappadocia, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

I'm watching Paris, Texas with its wonderful soundtrack and I'm thinking that these photos, taken while driving around Goreme a decade ago, these photos could almost be the desert southwest.

 
 
 
 
Housing development
     
 
 
 
Housing development
     
 
 
 
Housing development
     
 
 
Bus stop & highway intersection
     
 
 
 
Bus stop & highway intersection
     
 
 
 
Bus stop & highway intersection
     
 
 
View from the intersection
     
 
 
 
View from the intersection
     
 
 
 
View from the intersection
     
 
 
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Get your ceramics
     
 
 
 
Get your ceramics