After some hanging around and form-signing, we jumped in a mini bus to the take-off site.
Already we were surrounded by inflating / inflated balloons…
Then it was time to go…
The unique rock style is due to a volcanic eruption about 2,000 years ago, covering the
Cappadocia region in ash and lava, forming rocks. The softer parts of this rock were eroded away by wind and water, leaving some ‘hard caps’ on top of pillars, forming the “fairy chimneys”. Other soft rocks were also carved out into churches, monasteries and houses.
I can’t quite describe the sensation of flying along in a hot air balloon…it feels a little strange but not scary – until my motion sickness kicked in!
Partly I think triggered by the heat of the flame keeping us afloat.
We were pretty impressed with the landing – our pilot managed to get us to land on a trailer!
|Adding colour to the wool|
It can take 7 months to complete a carpet – especially the silk ones are particularly fine.
As I wasn’t in the market for a carpet, I sipped apple tea as the bartering started!
We visited the fairy chimneys of Göreme…
Where we found interesting snacks, magic lamps and specialty stores!
|Yoghurt flavoured crisps!|