Travel Blogs from Goreme
... tunnels and churches that have been carved out. Every turn delivers another incredible view, with towering pillars, deep canyons and cliffs that look like they were created out of something soft and folded (marshmallow springs to mind. Or meringue). I loved the colour of the place too, soft white, grey and pink rocks with stark khaki grasses, black walnut and apricot trees stripped of leaves, and a brooding winter sky.
I got up before ...
... not the brightest idea as we were about to put our lives in his hands! He had had his own balloon company in Brisbane for 18 years, but had wanted some international experience and so had been hot air ballooning in Goreme for 7 years. I have to say that we did do a bit of research on the pilots because you get cowboys setting up in these situations trying to make a quick tourist buck and with a fatal crash only last May when there were 140 balloons ...
... Em and and I climbed into the basket we were slightly unsure of what to expect especially when he demonstrated what to do incase of a rough landing! Anyway all was good. Before we knew it we were up and away very smoothly. We were reassured that our pilot had many years if experience and seemed quite educated in his field....here's hoping! Wow! How amazing to in the sky floating around with another 100 balloons over very ...
We woke up at 4.30am in order to get ready for the balloons pick up service at 5.30am. Needless to say it was still dark outside and freezing cold! We were starting to ask ourselves if it was worth it, as we are both not great at early mornings! We waited around the front of the hotel for awhile and slowly other people started to emerge from their hotels looking just as forlorn as us. We noticed at least 10 or 12 mini vans come and pick various couples and groups up, and after waiting ...
We arrived from the night bus into Göreme at about 7.30am. A shuttle bus took us to our 'cave hotel'. Yes it is exactly what is sounds like! A hotel room carved into the rock face of a clift. To get into the hotel room we had to walk up a few stairs and duck through the wooden doorway. The door was secured with an old fashioned bolt and was locked by wooden locking bar from the inside. It was pretty cool. We had a few hours to spend at our hotel ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking