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Zelve Valley, Cappadocia

Zelve Valley (now known as The Zelve Open Air Museum) one of the most fantastic, exiting and historical place I have ever traveled. Who knows maybe the master of jedi ,Obi-wan, found Luke in this valley :P.


1. Map of the Valley


2. Enterance to the valley


It was a monastic retreat from the 9th to the 13th century where Christians moved during the Persian and Arab invasions. Zelve was until 1952 a living community where ordinary people went about their daily life, grinding bulgur at the seten (mill), pressing grapes for pekmez (molasses) in the şaraphane (winery), rearing pigeons for their fertilizing manure in the güvercinliks (pigeon houses) and bedding their animals down for the night in the cave-cut ahırs (stables).


3. Square 

The Christians and Muslims lived here together in perfect harmony until 1924 when the Christians had to leave as a result of the exchange of minorities between Greece and Turkey and the Muslims were forced to evacuate the Valley in the 50’s when life became dangerous due to risk of erosion. They left the site to set up a modern village, a little further on, to which they gave the name Yeni Zelve.

Apart from monasteries and churches, houses, a tunnel joining two of the valleys, a mill, a mosque and several dovecotes are found in the valley.


4. Mosque


5. A wiev from churchs

If you decided to visit Cappadocia, do not leave without walk around that place and for the rest of valley (I mean for Cappadocia) spend minimum a day.


Rockrider Mountain Bike 340

I needed a bike that could handle either for urban and little off-road. Plus, this bike must be cost/performance. Hence, I bought rockrider 340 model from Decathlon. Price was about 660 TL (approx 220 $). In this chapter, you can find short explanation and some photos regarding to the bike.

rockrider 360 ile ilgili görsel sonucu

Bike-Type All-Mountain
Frame-Material aluminum
Wheel-Size 26 Inches
Weight 14,85 kg




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  • good tires
  • quality of body
  • chain and gear
  • lighter


  • front suspansion hardners not enought
  • type of gear both bad and uncomfortable
  • seat is not comfortable for long journey



The bike is pretty lighter against to same class bikes (thanks to the V-brakes). Tires are also very capable for urban (%70) and offroad riding (%30). However, if you consider long way journey, then you must consider twice 🙂 cause of uncomfortable seat and type of gearing placement. After 2-3 hours riding, right hand and haunch are getting painfull. By the way, don’t forget to buy some accessories. Cause this bike selling with no accessories.



Lee Van Cleef



Most probably he is one of famous western movie actor of his time. According to most people, he is an idol with his own state, gaze and cold-forged face.

He was born on January 9, 1925, in Somerville, New Jersey and died 1989 at his home. He served to US Army during WW2. After released his duty, he started to take minor roles at off-Broadway stage productions and his talent noticed by Stanley Kramer. In High Noon (1952), he played the young actor and kept taking roles for other movies. Hence, he would be known “bad guy” in Western movies.


Here is some of movies I admire;

  1. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1967)
  2. Sabata (1970)
  3. The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972)
  4. Return of Sabata (1971)
  5. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
  6. Death Rides a Horse (1967)



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