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  • I ticked off another bucket list item - CAPPADOCIA Hot Air Balloon Festival, Turkey.

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    Cappadocia Balloon
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    Started in 2015, a very recent festival named Cappadox Festival is held in Cappadocia Annually from 14 June to 19 June. Locally the region is known as Kapadokya in Turkey, and the place being known for hospitability, I had to go visit this amazing festival.
  • Atatürk International Airport (IST)
    Atatürk International Airport (IST)
    Great weather in Turkey
    I landed at an exuberant Istanbul airport on a an amazing day. The weather was calm and dry along with a lesser wind, the winters here can get chilly but the summers were quite peaceful. I seeked transport to get me inside the city.
  • Istanbul
    Istanbul
    Fancy piazzas
    Heavily under the influence of Europe and as its constituent, Turkey is quite fancy too. Istanbul has these piazzas with a similar architecture and serene maeketplaces. The sun complimented the ambience as I walked into its lanes.
  • Istanbul
    Istanbul
    A monument from above
    We flew over the Hagia Sophia as we went towards Kapadokya. An amazing monument it was initially a church, then converted to a mosque, and now is a monument worth visiting. With these amazing skies, I was very excited to see the shades of festivities there.
  • Kapadokya Balloons
    Kapadokya Balloons
    Reached the point and got a balloon
    That's It! I AM HERE. I GRABBED THESE tasty, circle shaped churros while we talked to some hot air balloon agents... The sky was filled with amazing specs of of balloons and I couldn't wait to get in one.
  • Cappadocia Balloon Tours
    Cappadocia Balloon Tours
    Up up and away!
    The moment I got on, this song played in my head and I had to put it in. A festive moment, people were merry and drinking and eating all around. We were into a cowded region in the airspace and all around were these bubble like balloons and we drifted off. Up and away.
  • Cappadocia Balloon Tours
    Cappadocia Balloon Tours
    It was as if time froze
    As we climbed higher to an altitude where my ears popped a little, all the balloons were tinier. The pace that they were moving at was slow relative to us because of the large distance of reference. Everything was frozen as we seemed. To travel through time.
  • Cappadocia Balloon Tour
    Cappadocia Balloon Tour
    The interesting mechanism
    All these balloons were headed to the same place we were going, and there's the mechanism of those balloons right there, bursts of a flame powered theat and light air propells them upward. Couldn't show the one from our balloon because can't view it from directly below it.
  • Kapadokya Balloons
    Kapadokya Balloons
    Terrain that looks like the moon
    Slowly we began to descend and the terrain reminded me of the surface of the moon. Yes, I travel a lot. No, I haven't been to the moon. It just looked exactly like the surface as seen on science documentaries and NASA footages. The same rocky and rugged plain with craters.
  • Cappadocia Cave
    Cappadocia Cave
    Cave like structures sprawled.
    This is exactly what I was talking about. I stopped by to take a look at the caves in this city that reminded me of what human colony on a moon would look like. I set up a goPro to get a time lapse nearby when the next waves of balloons would flood in.
  • Cappadocia Cave Suites
    Cappadocia Cave Suites
    Palaces turned into resorts
    I was late to realize it but damn! Some of these caves inside were artificially ex scared by man in the past and were actually stone palaces for royalties. Today most of them have turned into hotels and suites.
  • Cappadocia Cave
    Cappadocia Cave
    As I walked into the city I was told that some entrances lead to a labyrinth of caves underneath the city. An entire underground network of stone houses from the past! I would've gone downstairs but I was a little claustrophobic and had to take part on festivities.
  • Cappadocia Cave
    Cappadocia Cave
    Stunning embroidery works
    I came across textile shops and garment merchants who had great dresses and the Turkish ethnic wear. As a souvenir I got myself a shawl and the striking red really caught my attention from across the street.
  • Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia
    Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia
    The essence of this festival
    This captures the essence of the festival, ver before have I seen that many air balloons together, I have been in them before but not with such a splendour. The festival is all about celebrating the balloons and merrily drinking around white snacking on treats, and I was hooked
  • Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia
    Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia
    A short timelapse
    I ran back to check where I placed the go pro I even thought it could've been stolen. But no! I found my cam with an amazing footage that I converted into a timelapse. As the skies fast forwarded and clouds cascaded, the balloons sped by and it was a marvellous sight.
  • Cappadocia Balloons ®
    Cappadocia Balloons ®
    Warm air that I could feel.
    It was now time to leave back to istanbul, and this time I stood at the complete edge of the balloon getting me a look at the flames of the balloon I was in. An immediate thrust of gas allowed a huge flame to sear the air. I could feel it's warmth as we started to rise.
  • Cappadocia Balloons ®
    Cappadocia Balloons ®
    Lightheadedness that wasn't bad.
    As we moved further ahead, I was feeling a little light and groggy, I drank the beer Turkey produces (it's on the first photo of this trail) and I must tell you it's an excellent malt that soothed my throat. I may have had a little too much of it as I dreamily looked out.
  • Cappadocia Balloon Tour
    Cappadocia Balloon Tour
    End of a trip into the sunset
    I was back at the starting point of the balloon fest and in the warm sunset as I looked outside, I really wanted to see more of what Turkey had, but I had pressing matters to attend to and had to leave. I loved the city and the food (forgot to click it, the beer got to me)

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