Cappadocia is a dreamlike world that seems culled from a fairytale and brought to life on the Anatolian plains in central Turkey. The geographical oddity of Cappadocia's volcanic rocks that eroded into natural formations of pillars and towers create a whimsical aesthetic of otherworldly beauty. These alone would be fantastic, but for thousands of years locals and religious refugees have molded the already impressive topography into fairy chimneys, cave dwellings, pigeon houses, underground chambers, tunnels, homes and cities, creating an utterly fantastical world.
We saw this world from the dreamlike perspective of a hot air balloon, floating atop these amazing structures in utter silence, but for the occasional burst of flames into the gigantic balloon. When more grounded, we stayed in two cave hotels, watched the sun & air balloons rise each morning, drank Rize tea, and lounged on and about Turkish carpets in the amazing town Göreme. From Istanbul to Cappadoccia, we visited a wealth of world-class historic sites and ruins, met the world's most hospitable people, ate delicious cuisine, visited the famous bazaars and experienced the splendor of the local artisan trades, and imbibed in the decadent hamam.