Day 14, May 3rd

Day 14, May 3rd               Return to day 13    |    Advance to our last day     |   ballooning gallery    |   marbling demonstration
We woke up around 4am today in order to take a balloon ride over Kapadokya. The balloon ride was fantastic. We took so many pictures that we needed a separate balloon photo gallery. After the balloon ride, our bus took us to see more of the amazing landscape. This included visiting the Göreme Open Air Museum. The Open Air Museum included many, many cave dwellings and churches with colorful frescoes. We then had lunch and climbed to the top of the Uçhisar Castle. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at a studio to have a marbling demonstration. (Link to Marbling photos/info.)

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We started the day at 4am by getting up for a balloon ride.

Photo by Peter

Photo by Peter

Photo by Peter

Photo by Peter

Most of the Museums that we visited had turnstyles just like these. They had automated readers and there were, typically, people there to take your ticket and present your ticket to the scanner.

Another item to note is that most of the visitors to these museums arrived on a big bus, meaning that there could be a lot of congestion, followed by quiet times.

Photos by Peter

Photo by Peter

Photo by Peter

After the balloon ride, we boarded the bus and went off to see more weird rock formations. How about this one? Does it look like a camel to you?

This one is more of a stretch if you ask me. Many claim it looks like the Virgin Mary. um.

Here is a pan that includes our group, the camel and the tourist shops which accompany most sites around here.

We had lunch at a restaurant with an entryway resembling a caravanserai (or roadside inn from centuries ago). Here Marian is walking towards the entrance. (link to this restaurant's site).

Inside the restaurant were many farming implements from years past.

Ersin is describing the dishes available for lunch, while Marian and the waiter look on.

We are driving towards the Uçhisar Castle, the highest point in Kapadokya. Peter, I and several others walked up to the top.

At the top of the Uçhisar Castle

Photo by Peter

Here is an example of "Marbling". To find out more about this, click here.

Here we are assembled for the last dinner of our trip. This is our whole travel team including our bus driver (Ismail) and guide (Ersin).

This photo was taken by our waiter using Roseanna's iPad.

Here is a photo of a Mosque in Avanos, nicely back-lit by the setting sun and well photographed by Dan H. This is the Red River in the foreground and the mosque was visible from the restaurant where we were having dinner (see previous picture).

Photo by Dan H.

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