A Balloon Ride over Cappadocia, Turkey

Monday, July 28

Welcome to one of the most unreal places in the world…Cappadocia. When we first started to research Turkey, every itinerary told us to go to the region of Cappadocia. And we are so glad we did. 

Cappadocia literally looks other-worldy. It's what I imagine the terrain of another planet might resemble. It is home to the most incredible rock formations in the world, boasting valleys filled with "fairy-chimneys" and towns filled with "cave hotels" {which we stayed in! that, however, is for another post!}. 

It is the top place in the world to take a hot air balloon ride because the scenes below are incredibly breathtaking and so unique. Our first morning in Cappadocia, we woke up at 5am to take a sunrise balloon ride. Having never done this, I was a little nervous. I'm not scared of heights, but I AM HUMAN, so of course lifting hundreds of feet off the ground with a basket at my feet and a balloon at my head, was a little daunting. However, I found it one of the most serene and peaceful experiences of my life. We literally floated around through the valleys, and I couldn't have been more relaxed. 

Watching the crew blow up the balloon with fire was so intense. We lifted off right as the sun was coming up. I cannot even describe the tranquility that took place when the sun started to burst forth into flame, and I felt as though we were riding the break of morning. We rose higher and higher, and I smiled wider and wider, and just soaked in the stillness and holiness of the moments surrounding me. 

Down below us the scenery painted a picture of the most bizarre valleys I had ever seen, I sat transfixed in how creative our God really is! Surrounding us were hundreds of other balloons taking flight. It really was a sight to see, I and just drank in all beauty and majesty around me. 

I know photos rarely do justice, but I hope this paints a picture for what a marvelous landscape this really is! 

In case you are planning on going to Cappadocia, I would wholeheartedly recommend taking a hot air balloon ride. It was one of our most treasured memories from our trip. 

We went with Turkiye Balloons and had a GREAT experience with them. Besides giving us a fantastic rate of 150 Euros a person, they were so professional and amazing flyers! A yummy breakfast and champagne snack is also included in this price as well:)

For more Turkey pics so far:
Our Turkey/Greece trip in pictures {here}
Istanbul {Day 1, Day 2, Day 3}
Top 7 Things to do in Istanbul {here}
Cappadocia {touring the surrounding area!}
And stay tuned for more Turkey and Greece pictures:) 

Happy Monday friends! 

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