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Monday, 1 December 2008

Cappadocia, Turkey

Highlight for me of our recent Turkey trip has got to be Cappadocia, and it's not just because of the super nice accommodation we stayed at (see this previous post). I loved it because it was quieter, more hassle free (compared to anywhere else in Turkey) and of course the scenery was crazy amazing! Not to mention I took my first ever Hot Air Balloon ride there!





It was a public holiday in Turkey the weekend we arrived so there were quite a few balloons up in the sky. Hot Air Ballooning is the thing to do when you go to Cappadocia it seems. It was a fantastic morning for it and a great start to our holiday. We soared high above the unusual rock formations - it was quite strange looking at it from above as you couldn't really tell how massive they were, except ofcourse when we seemed to sail right next to them (that was very cool) that we could almost touch them. You can see the pictures above are taken from our



In the photo above you can see the rock formation right on the left hand side looks a bit like a camel. This one of a handful of rock formations that looked like animals in the Derwent Valley. Isn't this place amazing!



These types of formations are known as 'fairy chimneys' and were formed as a result of erosion from wind, flood water etc. You can see how big they are compared to the people on the ground. Some of these ones there were hollows in and were used as dwellings. These ones we saw at Pasabagi.



This picture is of the Rose Valley. It reminded me of some of the formations we saw in The States.



And here you can see some of the old houses/dwellings carved into the rocks. This one was taken at Cavusin.

Loved Cappadocia - it was very different to anything else we saw in Turkey. It may have been a tiring journey to get there (about 24hours starting from Croatia - including hanging out at deserted airports at 1am, deserted bus stations at 3am and seriously long bus rides!) but definitely all worth it! Any one going to turkey it is worth the travel out there!!

10 comments:

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Love the balloon shot - another nice shadow! Really love the shot of Rose Valley - so much movement!

Jill said...

What an adventure! Thanks for sharing--(Haven't been out of NE for awhile!)

Lily Hydrangea said...

wow!You most certainly get around. Love your rock formation shots. & there was a nice shadow in that balloon shot too.

TheresaJ said...

Wow, these are amazing shots. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

I'm so happy to have found your blog (through my forum post) as I have often admired your photography in your Etsy shop and have even used one or two of your photographs in treasuries.

I'll definitely be back for more reading and viewing! :)

- Theresa

Jacqueline said...

Wow what an amazing adventure! And love those shots. Lovely blog and very interesting read...love it here! n_n

Hey Harriet said...

Oh what fun! You have such exciting adventures! :)

Gina said...

Fabulous shadow..think this is a first hot air balloon shadow and what an incredible place to experience..fascinating landscape!

Magical Moments with Me and Mine said...

lots of great shadow shots here, great pics, thanks for sharing.

High Desert Diva said...

You travel to the most amazing places...

Dianne said...

the balloon shadow is stunning!!