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Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Turkey

It is difficult to describe the feeling of the Hot air balloon ride in Turkey.

Hauled out of the bed at 3 am in the morning to be picked up by a bus to reach the 'site' for balloon launch, observing with awe the giant balloons being fired with gas, clambering over the basket (not an easy task) to position oneself with camera & mind fertile with expectations....

And then it happens...the balloon lifts up and starts sailing. The landform in Cappadocia, surreal thanks to the interplay between the forces of nature looks even more breathtaking from above. Sailing over the fabled 'fairy chimneys', sometimes just grazing by them, floating above the cave hewn churches and monasteries, as the sky changes colour at the horizon slowly beckoning sunrise...

Its a spectacle which would stay in my mind for my life time...sure it ripped my pockets (220 Eur for 1.5 hour ride), but for that I would perhaps save again to go an encore...:-)

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