September 12th, 2008 – by: Auditarchi
balloons flight over cappadocia
As I was offered a balloon flight for a reasonable price I decided to add this to my to Do-list because it was really worth it according to the charming old man in the village of Göreme. Only one detail, they would come and pick me up at 5 a.m. so this meant that I had to get up early once again. I was outside and ready at 5 a.m. but the guy supposed to pick me up wasn't or was I wrong? Neither of us in fact, the old man whom I booked the flight with had made an error concerning the departure hour! Oh well i didn't regret it. It was quite exciting because i'd never flown in a balloon before and it's like you aren't flying but only standing in the sky! at an altitude of 1500m, I had a breathtaking view over big parts of Cappadocia
and I could see the valleys I went through before.
This would surely give me inspiration to do a hike in the afternoon after the flight. It was a true light show with the sun as the organiser and the rocks and valleys as the producers. The balloon chose his landing spot and steadily went down. The balloon instructor even managed to land right up the pick-up truck so the basket didn't need to be put on that anymore! Splended landing skills and time management all the way:). AFter the flight I was offered a glass of champaign haha, and I got my first flying degree ever! A wonderful day, and up to Pigeon Valley, or was it Love valley ;)?
This was my last day in Cappadocia so I wanted to get the best I could out of it. Pigeon valley was my target. The map I got from Köse pension wasn't that clear so eventually I turned out to be in love valley.
Me and my companions had the feeling to be alone on earth! There was nobody in this valley, except for a Turkish farmer smoking marihuana and a man selling fruit juice. They showed us directions after having bought a delicious freshly squeezed juice. They told us too this was in fact Love valley and I soon knew why. Big shaped fallus-like rocks were to be seen everywhere and the rocks were almost as white as snow. Horse footprints told me we weren't alone after all. We reached the main road again and started hitchhiking back to Göreme. I asked for directions in Turkish and a man gave me answer in Dutch! I didn't understand but soon I did. He had lived in Amsterdam and could speak Dutch fluently. Funny situation.We easily could have done the trip back to Göreme on foot as it turned out not te be far at all. A friendly shy truckdriver picked us up anyway and dropped us off in the village.
Had a nice refreshing swim in the swimming pool afterwards and enjoyed the time I had left in Cappadocia. went to Anatolian restaurant and had a nice wok of shrimp. Afterwards we could meet our guide for the following days. Her name was Pelin and she would guide us through the Taurus mountains. A very friendly girl and she was part of the Demavend travel company.