Sunrises and sunsets in Cappadocia
I feel so lucky to have visited the Cappadocia (Kapadokya) region of Turkey. It’s on many people’s bucket lists….and for good reason! The landscape is stunning, and so unique. Glad I decided to make the trip (an hour and a half plane ride Southeast from Istanbul). I stayed in Ürgüp, which is one of five towns in the region of Cappadocia. It’s more conservative here, but also touristy during summer and fall. Many Turkish people come here on holiday.
I totally lucked out with my hosts here in Turkey (thank you Couchsurfing!) Both were so hospitable and I can not say enough good things about them. One of the best parts of travel is getting to meet people from all over the world. I stayed with Gökay and he took me to a Turkish restaurant where they grill everything in front of you….then just keep bringing more and more. Was so full and happy afterwards. Also, we went to a (very) Turkish bar where I did not understand 95% of the conversation. Good night though, and nice people, and I was so happy they invited me to join 🙂
The top thing to do in Cappadocia is a hot air balloon ride. Hundred of balloons fill the sky. It was absolutely stunning, but I have never been so cold in my life! It was below freezing. And so windy. And my outerwear was seriously lacking. But so worth it for the views and experience! It’s hard to beat watching the sunrise from a hot air balloon. We went 800 meters high (2,600 feet)! For some reason I didn’t realize how high they go. I’m not afraid of heights, but was relieved when we landed safely. The conditions happened to be very good this day, so I got lucky. Since so much relies on the wind, often flights are cancelled due to bad conditions.
Below photo taken sometime way too early in the morning:
Sparkling wine upon landing! Yes, please 🙂
These are called “fairy chimneys” (yes I’m aware of what they look like). They were formed naturally from volcanic ash, wind, and water:
Also visited a pottery place with so many pretty pieces. They have some that glow in the dark naturally.
I definitely take too many photos with camels these days. Just can’t help it. This guy was curious:
This guy I got to feed, and that’s all he cared about:
Beautiful hiking trail, exploring the area:
How unique is the landscape here? Amazing!
Guess who had wine with sunrise AND sunset in the same day:
Sunset on my last night in Ürgüp:
Who’s tired of looking at my face? Haha…more to come 🙂