Balloon Ride in Cappadocia
I had the wonderful opportunity to be on a tour through western Turkey, May 2012. One of the most unique experiences I had was an early morning balloon ride in Cappadocia (Kapadokya).
This area of Turkey has the most amazing eroded volcanic landscape.
The morning started before dawn with a bus ride to a large hall where a buffet breakfast was served to everyone going up that morning. We were then split into groups of 14 and assigned to a mini-bus that took us out to our assigned balloon, pilot and crew. Our pilot was Graham, originally from Oxfordshire UK. Up we went! It was a beautiful morning, still and slightly hazy. We guessed there were 100 balloons in the sky that morning. Graham took us for a one hour ride over the landscape of Cappadocia. We landed safely and were served cake and sparkling wine.
If you ever have the opportunity for a hot air balloon ride, do it! Enjoy the pictures below.