Not many things will get me out of bed at 3:45 am!!!
Maybe flying in a hot-air balloon at dawn above the incredible landscape that is Cappadocia would do it!
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Cappadocia (Turkish- Kapadokya) is an area in the centre of the Anatolian Region of Turkey.
It is best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks.
The region’s conical rock formations, known locally as ‘fairy chimneys’ are so unusual they would not be out of place in the pages of a fairy tale.
It was an early pick up so a buffet breakfast was provided for us at the Butterfly Balloons office before setting off to the launch site overlooking Goreme.
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Trying not to set myself on fire!! The guys at Butterfly Balloons are ever so patient with the amateur photographers.
Unfortunately Turkey was experiencing very unusual for June weather with thunderstorms and heavy rain throughout the country. Despite the cloudy skies the excitement was building….
Watching all the other balloons in the distance gently drift into the sky was a spectacular sight.
No time for nerves, after a quick safety talk it was our turn and suddenly it was up, up and away
Our Pilot Mike is one of the most experienced in the region and with over twenty years experience he certainly made you feel at ease.
We floated low at first through the valley before soaring higher and higher enjoying the amazing landscape that is Cappadocia. It was the most beautiful experience just floating gently along, so very peaceful, not even a breeze, I could have stayed up there forever….
The pictures will never do this unique place justice.
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We were up in the balloon for around 1.5 hrs and we landed very smoothly straight onto the back of the Butterfly Balloons truck.
Flight certificate in hand the small group enjoyed bubbly and cake and we even got to meet Captain Mike’s gorgeous dog.