We passed only one other car on the way to the Turkish Nights dance show
. In the carpark we were greeted by security guards with walkie talkies, who checked that we were in the right place and then escorted us down into the cave restaurant. We were shown into a large empty cavern. As we moved towards our table we finally saw two other couples nibbling away at their meals. It was a large space for six people. Once the buses arrived the room started to fill up. The dancing started with three musicians accompanying the couples. They performed four styles or themes and a belly dancer was lowered from the ceiling too. There was a lot of spinning, clapping and chatting in every dance. There was a wedding story dance, a dance that took everyone outside to dance around a bonfire and the finale was the male dancers dancing in the Whirling Devinshire style. There was way too much food and drink for us to finish or even comfortably enjoy.
We had one last sleep in our cave room before hitting the road on another mega hour bus ride to Istanbul .
Here is the Menemen recipe we wrote down after enjoying it every morning for breakfast in Goreme.
Menemen - Turkish Omelet
In a clay pot heated on the stove cook onion, garlic and green chilli or capsicum.
Add diced tomato and cook some more.
Mix eggs and add to the pot.
The eggs cook in the pot.
All spice is added at some point.
Try with the tomato.
We thought we would try two legs again for a walk through the Pigeon Valley . We were told it was possible to walk from Gorome through Pigeon Valley and then up and out to the road that leads back to town. With some basic directions it was easy enough to find the path into the valley and walk gently up hill. It was a warm and sunny day. Good for a walk and picnic. Further into the valley the path became unclear and we had fun exploring and retracing our steps. We did finally find a track that lead to a small sandstone cliff wall. I could boost Jillian part of the way up the natural wall and she scrambled the rest of the way. The foot and hand holds weren't that solid and I struggled to move up the wall. When I did reach the top it was only with Jill's help grabbing my arm and dragging me up the last little slippery bit. We were happy with our adventure.