Ballooning in Kapadokya

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We woke up around 4am today in order to take a balloon ride over Kapadokya. IT WAS WORTH IT!!

Photo by Peter

Did you ever wonder about how you get the balloons inflated. I did. Note the fan next to the basket assisting in directing the hot air.

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Our pilot, Andrew, is from New Zealand.

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Photo by Peter

This is a view of the Red River. Wiki (link) indicates: "The Kızılırmak (Turkish: Kızılırmak, "Red River"), also known as the Halys River (Ancient Greek: Ἅλυς), is the longest river in Turkey among the rivers which originates [sic] and ends in Turkey (both origin and mouth being in Turkey). It is a source of hydroelectric power and is not used for navigation."

This is another view of the Red River. I think you can see the town of Avanos (Ancient Greek:Αβανος) near the river. We had dinner in this town on the evening of the balloon ride.

Efes, since you're wondering, is Turkey's biggest beer brewer. It is also the Turkish name for Ephesus.

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Pressing the last of the air out of the packed-up balloon.

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