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... founded in 386 AD and built right into the side of a cliff. Looking up at it from the trail, it almost appeared to defy gravity as it clung to a small ledge on the rock wall. Off to the left of the monastery was a small, gated-off aqueduct. At the end of the trail, a stairway climbed up to the archway entrance. Looking out over the small complex from the doorway, we could see several buildings with a little courtyard between ...
... entered the minibus and took a cursory look behind the seats. We could clearly see that the driver and the assistant were nervous and were sweating it. But they got away it. All the baggage was reloaded and we were on our way. For some unknown reason, the duo were on edge for the remainder of the journey.
The Kackar mountain range runs alongside the Black Sea coast and the road hugs the scenic coastline all the way to Trabzon, over 170 kms away from the border. ...
... and Japanese. Not many Westerners, which is a shame as it is worth the lengthy trip to this corner of the country just to see this monastery alone.
Behind the main cliff-clinging building and fašade of Sumela that is visible throughout the valley lie most of the buildings of the monastery: bakery, kitchen, chapel, rock church, guard towers, student dorms, bell tower, etc. Though badly damaged and repaired over time, ...
... long (12 days111) and I'm kinda attached to my lifestyle here!! And I haven't seen everything I want to see!! Battling myself ...should I stay or should I go? Oh me oh my I just don't know.
I am excited about what lies ahead though I must admit to being a little freaked out that my knee is going to give me grief. Oh and that it will be too hot! Oh and ...kinda scared of Iran too! Most of the blogs I've read from bikers who have been to Iran say to ...
8th to 12th May
We left Goreme early on Tuesday morning for the long drive that will ultimately take us to the Turkey/Georgia border which we are due to cross on Saturday morning.
We were minus Betsy who was returning to Canada for a friends wedding. I cannot say that I envy her as the trip is 17 hours long back to Toronto. On returning, she has to fly to Tbilisi in Georgia next week to try and catch us up.
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