Buyuk Sumela Hotel
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... is only 60km away. The last stop was a photo opportunity and we could see the monastery hanging on the steep cliff in the distance amongst the clouds. It was breathtaking. Finally, we got to walk the last 300m uphill to the site. We set off at 1130 and were told to return to the bus at 1300. 90 minutes was enough. It was a bit cool and started to rain at 1230.
"The Sumela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary at Melá Mountain ...
26 - 27 April 2014
The last couple of days have been drive days getting from Goreme to near Trabzon on the Back Sea coast, however the days go quite quickly, what with me catching flies (sleeping) or Luke playing cards. Also, the scenery in Turkey is so varied there is quite a lot to see. We went from almost semi-arid land eeking out some crops, to pine tree alpine landscapes. The latter was where we bush camped.
Arriving at 5pm we were asked to chose between another ...
... back as far as the 1800's. Some was also written by US forces that rescued the building from Russian occupation during the first world war. We had plenty of time to explore the whole complex and take photos without jostling crowds of people like we thought we would have to and when we left we walked down the path leading from the monastery to a restaurant at the bottom of the hill. The steep pathway gave us an excellent view of the outside of the monastery part of the way ...
... an hour and we really didn't know what was going to happen. The sun looked like it had gone down but there was still a little glow of red on one of the nearby buildings. Then all of a sudden a cannon went off and then the old man's voice started the call of prayer from the nearby minaret speaker.
Everyone started eating before he had finished. The food was delicious. It was a spicy lamb stew with rice, bread and a peach. ... ...
... was in pretty good shape and we managed speeds around 80 km/h. The views were also everchanging, with rugged mountains and open fields passing by. We drove through Kelkit and Siran and nightfall found us staying in a small town called Alucra. We stayed at the town’s only hotel with rooms for 80 TL a night. At first the manager wanted 100TL. He really had us at his mercy because I am pretty sure ...