hot air balloon

Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia: Third Time Lucky!

The reason why most tourists come to Cappadocia is to ride on one of its magnificent hot air balloons over the stunning volcanic rock formations. We weren’t sure when we arrived whether we would choose to go in one as there are other ways to explore the surrounding countryside, and the hot air balloons are both expensive and potentially dangerous. However, on our first morning I set my alarm for 6am and dragged my tired self out of my cave room and out onto the hotel terrace to be greeted with the truly extraordinary sight of around one hundred balloons gently drifting through the valley, in silence. It was a majestic sight as the balloons floated along, occassionally peeping in and out of the rocks without a sound, and I made my mind up to get onto a balloon in some way, leaving aside all niggles about safety and cost.

Dawn balloons on day 1

Dawn balloons on day 1

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