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Mt. Titlis

Yenny WongsoTEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS  I  YENNY WONGSO

Yenny Wongso is a bachelor of Chinese Language in Beijing who now pursues another degree in English Education. In her recent tour to Western Europe and Italy, she captured many remarkable pictures. She now works and studies in Jakarta.


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The journey to Mount Titlis is one of the most memorable ones in Europe that is full of beautiful scenery with an eternal snow on the top. People can go skiing down the vast slopes on winter or even summer.

It is actually range of mountains that is located on the western part of the Alps, the primary tourism icon of Switzerland. It is also the highest summit in the Urner Alps section, although it pales in comparison with the Dammastock of the adjacent valley, or the most famous Alps crest, Mont Blanc.

In this picture, although barely seen, there lies the Engelberg-Titlis cableway that facilitates the world’s first revolving cable car. From inside, I enjoyed the spectacular view of the mountain.

As the cable car ascends, I saw the scenic parts of the mountain, from the cliff, the rocky mountainside, and the snow-covered slopes as we were reaching the peak.

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The scenery was just like a painting that caught my eyes, so beautiful and unforgettable.

 

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The hillside of Mount Titlis is a perfect scene to remember the long journey to Mount Titlis. Clear blue sky with a small village sitting under snowy mountain make a peaceful picture.

 

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The cliff settlement

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Yenny Wongso is a bachelor of Chinese Language in Beijing who now pursues another degree in English Education. In her recent tour to Western Europe and Italy, she captured many remarkable pictures. She now works and studies in Jakarta.

The article first appeared in the international edition of think archipelago magazine, Volume 9, May 2015.


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The celebrity islands of Santorini, a group of small archipelago 200 kilometers off Greek mainland, displays a unique view of its capital cliff city, Fira, whose name derives from the ancient Greek name of the island, Thira.

The ubiquitous white-washed structures emanates the city’s charm in color uniformity. Not only it offers indulging caldera view to visitors, the city makes a presentation about the socio-historical aspect of an existing two-millenia-old human settlement.

The centuries-held local wisdom ensures the survival of this ancient civilization to this day. The white, cubic-shaped structures that were virtually built at a very close distance, similar to multi-storey public housings today, is an adaptation of the less than twenty thousand population to their surrounding nature which poses high wind currents during winter and heat during summer.

Winter sees low activity in its main industry, tourism. Eateries closes in 6PM. Meanwhile summer tourists often outnumber the local population, as cruises make this island a regular destination.

Cappadocia

TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS  I  DICKY STEFANUS

IMG_2655 edited Cappadocia Region is located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey. Ancient volcanic eruptions blanketed this region with thick ash, which solidified into a soft rock—called tuff—tens of meters thick.

Wind and water went to work on this plateau, leaving only its harder elements behind to form a fairy tale landscape of cones, pillars, pinnacles, mushrooms, and chimneys, which stretch as far as 130 feet (40 meters) into the sky. This is an outwardly appearance for the eye.

Cappadocia has survived three regimes, from first the Greeks and Persians and later the Byzantine Greeks. They develop freely pass the death of Alexander the great, and spread their territory until the black sea. This was until the Roman came.

IMG_2575 IMG_2737In Cappadocia there are quite many underground cities. There even eight layers deep tunnel, with camp entrance and multiple exits. This is a maze that was designed specially by Early Christian people that at that time were not received as a religion yet.

Interestingly the people devise a significant sanitation, ventilation, stable, garbage disposal method, food storage (for hundreds or thousands of people), rolling mechanism doors and traps to hinder the pursier.

This is cleverly device to make Romans that famous march in a group become more solitary, and vulnerable. It’s quite the same with the tunnel method used by the Vietnam in the great World War II facing America.

This tunnel is a bit small for Indonesian with the average 167 cm, so you can imagine how its feel for Turkish that mostly has the average of more than 175 cm. The most important towns and destinations in Cappadocia are Urgup, Goreme, Ihlara Valley, Selime, Guzelyurt, Uchisar, Avanos and Zelve.

Among the underground cities worth seeing are Derinkuyu, Kaymakli, Gaziemir and Ozkanak. The best historic mansions and cave houses for tourist stays are in Urgup, Goreme, Guzelyurt and Uchisar.

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The most interesting part for tourist attraction in Cappadocia must be an enjoyment of balloon flight. (There are no branded shops or marvelous hotel. This is a place to enjoy a life without worrying the jet pack life in Istanbul with your own ace). This is a sensation that will burn to your brain.

If you travel alone, this will not also be a problem because most of the townspeople can speak English quite well. If you’re lucky and have the time, please go to balloon flight station which available in almost all part of town in Gorome.

The next morning they will pick up and drop of the customer directly to the hotel. Due to its inland location and high attitude, Cappadocia has a markedly continental climate, with hot dry summer (it can reach 39 degree in the day) and cold snowy winters. Rainfall is sparse and the region is largely semi-arid.

es 2If you by chance visit Cappadocia in summer please feel free to try Turkish world famous ice cream, with the name dondurma. The taste is on more distinct taste, with a bit sour, sweet and a goat cheesy milky smell.

The interesting part is how they serve it, with traditional clothes and a long stick. Vendors often tease the customer by serving the ice cream cone on a stick, and then taking away the dondurma with the stick and rotating it around, before finally giving it to the customer.

Well you must know not that many customers like (or aware) with the idea, and the reaction varied.