Two days in Cappadocia
It's hard to believe we were in Cappadocia a week ago — only a week ago! A whole week ago! The side trip there was my idea. I wanted to see a place outside the main city of Istanbul, to get a taste of non-urban life in the most East-meets-West country in the world, to ride in a hot air balloon at sunrise.
Well, two of those three wishes came true. Bad weather thwarted our hot air ballooning plans, but I say that gives us a great excuse to go back someday.
Cappadocia is a fascinating region. It's located in central Turkey, on a plateau 1,000 meters above sea level. Thousands of years ago, several volcanoes erupted, burying the area in material that would be eroded into strange and wondrous configurations over the centuries. We stayed in Goreme, one of the region's main cities, which is home to or near many of the sites worth visiting.
I do hope to someday return to Cappadocia, if not for the sunrise hot air balloon rides, then to explore more of its beautiful valleys, to better experience its food offerings, and to stay again at the lovely Osmanli Manor Hotel. I wouldn't normally mention where we stayed, but this lovely family-owned hotel and its staff were a huge part of the reason we enjoyed our time there.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the trip, in the order I took them. I hope you enjoy. Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions about the pictures or the trip!