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After one of my visits to Sumela Monastery and while the "plan" was to return immediately to Trabzon, I saw several cars taking a dirtroad that led to the heart of a valley. I thought that they could be heading to some yayla (the turkish word for the alpine meadows or mountain plateus, in the pontic-greek dialect they were called "παρχάρια"="parharia"), where I was hoping to witness one of the famous festivals, taking place by the hundreds on the mountains of the Black Sea region every summer.

There was no festival, but I was lucky to see the beautiful nature of that region "transforming" every few kilometres. Until an altitude of around 1500-1800 metres the vegetation in the valleys and the mountains of the Black Sea is very dense, it's almost a jungle out there! But, from an altitude of 2000m and above, the scenery changes dramatically, there isn't a single tree up there only huge, "bare" areas covered with grass. Now and then, you can see dozens or even hundreds of small settlements, that were (and still are) used as "summer resorts", by the inhabitants of the villages and towns in lower altitudes, who can't suffer, the, sometimes, unbearable blend of high temperatures and humidity, so common in the Black Sea region, during the summer months. It's nice to visit a Yayla, especially if a festival takes place, not only for their pleasant climate, but also to witness a way of life, that hasn't changed a lot, for some hundred years! This particular one, Dilaver Yayla, is about 15 km away from Sumela Monastery.

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