Goreme Open Air Museum

DSC_3612The Goreme Open Air Museum was billed as the historical highlight of Goreme.  DSC_3607A vast collection of rock-cut churches decorated with magnificent frescoes (felt a little fake and touristy to us). After seeing all we saw yesterday this was not as DSC_3590 20140429_144855interesting as it would have been if we would have done this first, but still worth the time.  We also found a few great panoramic viewing place that morning too.20140429_140609 Our sites were now set on lunch and the castle we had been seeing in the distance all morning.  At the base of the hill with the fortress we found a great local spot and had form of what I think they call Lahmacun – a Turkish-style pizza, with ground meat, onions, pepper and spices. It was served with a salad and a few pieces of lemon in a side dish.  We topping the pizza with the salad, sprinkling is with lemon and making a roll out of it. DSC_3592As we headed to the hill fortress it started to rain for the first time on this trip.  We climbed to the top with our rain jackets DSC_3593keeping us warm and dry.  After a few quick pictures we headed back down as the rain stopped.  Next goal was to see some pottery being made. This was a bust and not worth the time, but the two places we stop at on the way were worth the tip and the time.  We stumbled across some of the best set of Fairy Chimneys we saw in all of Cappadocia. See some of the 20140429_181507below: DSC_3663 DSC_3650 DSC_3640 DSC_3639 DSC_3636 DSC_3632 DSC_3670

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There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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1 Response to Goreme Open Air Museum

  1. Anne Russell says:

    Wonderful pictures. Such a different landscape. The people there have certainly molded the environment to their use. Too bad about the balloon ride being canceled as you were really looking forward to it.

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