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Balloons!

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Yes, taking a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is expensive and SUPER TOURISTY. But as you can see, you’d be a fool to skip it.

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You get up while it’s still dark, take a shuttle bus to the office of the balloon operator, where tea and pastries are served before everyone gets split into big groups and whisked off to the launching site. The balloons go up as the sun is rising.

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Our pilot, doing his thing.

I can’t even remember exactly many people there were on board with us (maybe 30?) or how long the ride lasted (maybe an hour?) It was totally breathtaking the whole way through. We loved it.

At one point a Chinese tourist plaintively asked (kidding, I think–I hope!): “Is possible to go to bathroom?”

We went as high as 1,080 meters!

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And if I had to choose my very favorite picture from our Turkey trip, this would be it.

3 Comments to Balloons!

  1. January 18, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    So. freaking. GORGEOUS.

  2. Ang's Gravatar Ang
    January 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t realize the balloons could fit that many people!

  3. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    January 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    And let me tell you 1080 meters is pretty high when all there is keeping from falling is a wicker basket!

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.