We stayed one day at Cappadocia which is a famous tourist attraction in Turkey.
The internet address below explains about Görome, a sanctuary of early persecution era in Christian history.
1. The tourist attraction was hot air balloons which dotted morning sky. It was a spectacular scenery.
Because of air current, the balloons fly only in early morning.
2. One balloon came close to my shelter.
3. I tried zoom-in. I could see flame and people.
4. We had breakfast, viewing this scenery.
I read morning news, and found out the white-list brutality of Abe government.
Abe and his colleagues tried a provocation which is like a coup against Japanese people by taking hostage of economy.
Recently, his government was in trouble because of pension reduction, and 10% increase of consumer tax. These policies were inevitable due to the huge cost of maintaining vested interests. He is squeezing Japanese people without any future vision by utilizing Korea-Japan relation. He is inducing stress in Korea-Japan relation on purpose. Japanese establishments have done so for a long time.
5. I decided to walk to Göreme open museum which is several kilometers away.
6. So-called pinnacle rocks surround Göreme area.
7. While we walk, the silhouette of our group mirrored on window of a store.
8. This is nice view of pilgrims on silhouette.
9. Map of famous relics. I would like to come back here and see the details.
10. Pinnacle rocks look like candles.
11. I found a menu plate of cafe which was drawn nicely.
12. Pinnacle rock is made by sedimentation of volcanic ashes. It’s geologic name is tuff.
13. I searched internet to find out why the top is pointed. I have not found the answer het.
My guess is that magma from volcano may have been hardened and pressed the center, and survived weathering.
14. Candle rocks are plenty at mountainside.
17. I was walking forward seeing wonderful scenery. Someone in the back called me.
18. He was an American who was travelling alone. He heard about New Silk Road from his friend who met us in Georgia.
He recognized us instantly.
19. He was interested in our pilgrimage and recognized us immediately. He joined in our pilgrimage.
20. This is the picture I have dreamed of for a long time. The pilgrims from all over the earth walk together.
22. He majored in Geography in Chicago university. Now he is working at NGO.
It was praiseworthy for him to buy us chai.
24. This road leads to Göreme open museum.
25. A cluster of candle rocks
28. They excavated the rocks and they lived everyday life there. Caves looked like maze.
30. This explains about the wall paintings inside the caves.
It was about the life of Jesus and his disciples.
33. A scene inside of cave.
35. A photo of myself
37. The hero of today is this gentleman.
He is a tour guide whom I met on the way to orthodox church inside open museum.
He took a glance at New Silk Road pamphlet. He said he has an acquaintance of Patriarch Bartholomew.
He showed me a photo which he took with Patriarch.
This orthodox church is called Dark Church, and they collect extra fee to go inside the church.
Surprisingly the guide payed the fee for us. It was a very meaningful encounter.
38. I took a photo with him and his friend.
39. A selfie with the couple who followed the guide.
40. It was a large cave village.
41. On the way back I saw horse ranch.
42. Grand and peaked candle rocks
43. In the afternoon, I took a close look at the surface of cave shelter.
44. The rough touch of rock surface gives me intimate feeling.
45. This is the view of Göreme which I looked at from the terrace of my shelter.
46. I saw solar panels.
47. A school playground at Goreme. Though it is a tourist resort, the public infrastructure was well-maintained.
48. We ate good steak at a restaurant which seemed to be gourmet restaurant.
Prof. Lee is satisfied.
49. Two big rocks in the evening hour.
The rocks looked like two big candles which symbolize the aspiration of people.
I hope Japanese candle-light would follow Korean candle-light revolution.