Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cappadocia, Turkey Day 6

We arose bright and early this morning to be picked up by Kapadokya balloon company and taken to our departure sight for a balloon ride acros the beautiful countryside.  We were not the only balloon - over 75 went up that morning.  The area limits balloons to 100 and there was close to that!  It was very cold (27 degrees) so we were really bundled up.  The only part of me that got really cold was my right hand from taking so many pictures.  Here are just a few:

The tour group -

After a very safe landing we celebrated with the balloon company, champagne and all!

Above - Lynn, captain, me and Pat

We went back to our hotel for a quick breakfast and then loaded up in our van for more adventures.  First stop was demo of Tutkish weaving.  It takes these women months to years to create a piece of art 

Silk worms in bath 

The carpets are very expensive, mostly in the thousands, so I decided I did not have room for one in my suitcase.
Along the next route we stopped along the side of the road and took pictures of pumpkin seeds drying on the sidewalk.  They raise pumpkins just for the seeds and throw the rest if the pumpkin away.

We toured an underground city built in 8 AD, Kaymakli, that could house 1600 people.  There are lots of these in the hills of Cappadocia but this is ths biggest.

After lunch we stopped at Pasabagi (Valley of Lovers) named for the rock formations.  What do you think these rocks look like?

Our last activity for the day was hiking for 3 miles into the town of Goerme for a wonderful dinner.  These are more pictures of the beautiful landscape.

We stopped at Allatura restaurant in Goreme and the group celebrated my birthday which was Oct. 27, first day of trip.

Tomorrow we are off to Konya and the Mediterranean coast.  Maybe we will warm up!

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