Doubletree by Hilton Avanos Cappadocia
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Thu 29 May, Cappadocia, Goreme, Pottery, Whirling Dervishes
I woke up and raised the blinds to see a flotilla of balloons rising over the hills. Naturally my first obligation was to take some pictures. Then back to bed for a little wake up period. At 8:30 we boarded the bus to go to the fairy chimneys in the valleys of Cappadocia. ( …
Morning started at 530am with hot air balloon. It was great feeling, first time trying. Not exactly super bowled over but definitely a once in lifetime experience. Both for the fact of trying hot air balloon and the sights of so many of them over the fairy chimneys. Well at least it wasn't as scary for my fear of heights as I thought!
... from their hotels and campsites and taking them for an early breakfast at their offices giving the balloon teams time to unload their baskets, unpack their balloons, the large fans and gas canisters. Breakfast is included in the price along with the champagne on landing, a tradition going back to 1783, when the first hot air balloon was successfully launched by a Frenchman....so naturally followed by champagne!
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... After about an hour we landed safely and celebrated with a glass if champagne. While we were waiting for out transfer back to our hotel and watching the balloon being packed away me and 2 others were taken by the arm by the grounds crew who had just finished packing to the 420kg balloon as we got closer the guys picked us up and threw us in the balloons. I was really sure the guy who picked me up would seriously do his back! All ...
... they are growing wheat between the road and lake, and also right next to the salty water farmers are growing excellent watermelon crops. Parts of it of course are salt pans and one side of the lake has an airforce base, often used for NATO exercises and therefore no towns etc in that large area.
Cappadocia is volcanic area, we saw Mt Hassan. What they call tufa was created by volcanic activity, lava and ash solidified and over millions of years ...
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