As everyone else has, we have our own set of bucket lists where we both have “riding on a hot air balloon” jotted down. We took this opportunity to cross out this item from our lists during our stop to Cappadocia which was on the fourth day of our Turkey tour.
The day started extremely early since it was advised by our tour guide that the sunrise in Cappadocia was the best we would ever see especially if we were on the balloon. We are not morning people but we didn’t mind sacrificing our sleep for this experience. Once we were up in the sky, we couldn’t believe the magnificent view we had before our eyes. It was beyond our imaginations and we couldn’t do anything but just marvel at everything. Once we landed on the ground the hot air balloon company provided us with our certificates and gave us some refreshments as well. It was remarkable plus unforgettable and to do it with friends added more to the experience.
Day 4 – May 18
After our ride on the hot air balloon we were taken to Goreme National Park where various churches of Goreme were located. Different and colorful frescoes adorned the churches. Since Cappadocia has many underground cities we couldn’t miss seeing at least one of them. We were then off to the Underground City of Kaymakli where our tour guide explained to us that the underground city has 18 floors though we could only visit 10% of it. Seeing both Goreme and Kaymakli were amazing and to imagine how or what people were doing during that time. We truly felt the rich history that both places had. We also had the opportunity to check out the “Fairy Chimneys” and towards the end of the day, evening ensued. We decided to purchase tickets for the optional Traditional Turkish Night Show. This is where dance traditions of various regions of Turkey are performed plus not to forget the belly dancers display their moves. It is a way to enjoy traditional Turkish music and dancing. The rate of the ticket was 150 Turkish Lira per person and it was held inside a cave restaurant.
Goreme National Park
Kaymakli Underground City
“Traditional Turkish Night Show”