Photographer's Note

The season starts to hit a low with the onset of winter, after 11pm in Goreme, Nevsehir even the cats excuse themselves from the usual after-dark prowl, deserted streets, mid november and the temperature is near freezing. take a walk, one diner attracts you because you have been following the music through the cave houses. Repetitive notes in violin and piano. like a latent force it draws you and you step in to "My House".

The gentleman would great you at the door, ask if the cold wasnt too harsh, he is the owner, the steward, the cashier, the protector, the person who could give you a gift that you would cherish the rest of your life when you ask for the cheque, the friend who could join you at dinner, just talk but not eat. his wife cooks dinner for you, make the dessert if you so demand. she comes and takes a break between orders, while other members of the family try their hands at cards.

Turkish hospitality, is not just about service with a smile, aromatic turkish tea, apple tea, pomegranate tea in the traditional hourglass shaped pretty little glass cups, shots of honey-oozing bakklawa which have a drug like effect and you shamelessly ask for more ! it's the unusual human contact, a protocol in flesh blood and emotions, an openness, a universal language of brotherhood, peace and acceptance. One could get cynical, debate this and call it interfering, intruding, prying into ones personal life, we the tourists who see the city, not live the city, get more than what we expect as strangers.

With much grace and elan he will show you his version of the bible, the truth, a comments book preserved for decades..

A walk around the house, personalizing time between dinner and making the payments, its not about the food, the smell of coffee, the carpets, the tourists, the strong turkish lira.
probably the only photo i made with my fifty, she made amazing dinner and then the cheesecake.

"My House" at Goreme, Nevsehir, Cappaadocia - a must try.

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