TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA

TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
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TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
TURKEY 2016 // CAPPADOCIA.
The land of Fairy Chimneys and sunrise hot air balloon rides. Cappadocia/Kapadokya is every bit as charming as everyone says it is! V and I woke up very early for 2 days in a row to catch these hot air balloons in their pre-dawn flight. (Opting out of riding in one due to the expensiveness, but those who've ridden it says it's worth the $$$!) Our 'cave hotel' is located on the side of a small mountain in Goreme, making the 20 minute scamper up to the top quite convenient. It's absolutely magical, seeing these balloons float over the fairy chimneys, whilst the sun peaks over the faraway mountains, the sky slowly changing hues of pinks to oranges.

Totally worth waking up at 5am for!

Goreme isn't very big - in no time we knew our way around. And it's super cheap here! The sole reason why we decided to stay a week. Mainly to catch up on work and to wait out the rain which lasted a few days. During this time, we've met a handful of people in our hostel, most notably a woman from Uruguay, who's been traveling nonstop for 7 years! Yowzers. My wanderlust hero. Her never-ending travels pretty much confirms my suspicions - there's no way we could see the world in just a year or 2! Oof.

Aside from the fairy chimneys and hot air balloons of Goreme, we did a few mini hikes around the area to Pasabag and The Open Air Museum to see various other fairy chimney shapes, in addition to taking the 'Green' tour. It's an all day, exhausting tour - but it's nice to learn about the lengthy history of the area. The underground city tour is one of the many interesting highlights included with the package - it's actually quite cool.

Traveling to Cappadocia is no easy feat. We took a 1.5hr flight from Istanbul to Kayseri, then hopped on a van provided by our cave hotel. That took another hour to Goreme. But once here, it's an instant visual feast! Fairy chimneys galore!

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When: April 2016
Temp: 50-70F
Stay #1: Divan Cave Hotel, $60/night for private room.
Stay #2: Terra Vista Hostel, $8/night for 6 bed dorm.

Green Tour: $60/person. All day, lunch included.


-jin-