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  1.  Cappadocia.   26 August 2020, Wednesday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Aug 26, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
  2.  Morning in Goreme.   27 August 2020, Thursday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Aug 27, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
  3.  Balloons.   28 August 2020, Friday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Aug 28, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
  4.  Around Goreme.   29 August 2020, Saturday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Aug 29, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
  5.  Rose and Red Valleys.   30 August 2020, Sunday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Aug 30, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
  6.  Ömürlü Ceramics.   31 August 2020, Monday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Aug 31, 2020
  Goreme, Turkey  
  7.  A few more.   2 September 2020, Wednesday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Sep 2, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
  8.  Take off.   3 September 2020, Thursday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Sep 3, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
  9.  Airborne.   4 September 2020, Friday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Sep 4, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
10.  On board.   5 September 2020, Saturday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Sep 5, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
11.  Goreme from the air.   6 September 2020, Sunday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Sep 6, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
12.  Preparing to land.   7 September 2020, Monday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Sep 7, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
13.  Landing.   8 September 2020, Tuesday.   Goreme, Turkey
         Sep 8, 2020
  Turkey, Goreme  
 
 
 
1. Cappadocia
26 August 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
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1. Cappadocia
26 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Gorem

From Istanbul we traveled to Goreme, to see rocks, caves and balloons. It's a small town in Cappadocia, in the center of Turkey. To get to Goreme we flew to Kayseri, the nearest town with an airport, then took a taxi to Goreme and the interesting and comfortable Kelebek Cave Hotel.

 
 
 
 
The Kayseri airport
     
 
 
 
The Kayseri airport
     
 
 
 
The Kayseri airport
     
 
 
Kayseri outskirts seen from taxi
     
 
 
 
Kayseri outskirts seen from taxi
     
 
 
 
Kayseri outskirts seen from taxi
     
 
 
Central Turkey
     
 
 
 
Central Turkey
     
 
 
 
Central Turkey
     
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
At first glance you might think that this is a bit tumbledown but actually it's a fine old stone hotel perched top of a hill. The rooms and spaces are interesting and varied. Good food, too.
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
At first glance you might think that this is a bit tumbledown but actually it's a fine old stone hotel perched top of a hill. The rooms and spaces are interesting and varied. Good food, too.
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
At first glance you might think that this is a bit tumbledown but actually it's a fine old stone hotel perched top of a hill. The rooms and spaces are interesting and varied. Good food, too.
 
 
Kelebek hotel with fairy chimney
     
 
 
 
Kelebek hotel with fairy chimney
     
 
 
 
Kelebek hotel with fairy chimney
     
 
 
View from Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
View from Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
View from Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
Fairy chimney room
     
 
 
 
Fairy chimney room
     
 
 
 
Fairy chimney room
     
 
 
Goreme town street
     
 
 
 
Goreme town street
     
 
 
 
Goreme town street
     
 
 
2. Morning in Goreme
27 August 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
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2. Morning in Goreme
27 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Morning at the Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Morning at the Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
 
Morning at the Kelebek Cave Hotel
     
 
 
Hotel construction
     
 
 
 
Hotel construction
     
 
 
 
Hotel construction
     
 
 
View from our patio
     
 
 
 
View from our patio
     
 
 
 
View from our patio
     
 
 
Hotel bathroom downstairs
     
 
 
 
Hotel bathroom downstairs
     
 
 
 
Hotel bathroom downstairs
     
 
 
Hotel room bath
     
 
 
 
Hotel room bath
     
 
 
 
Hotel room bath
     
 
 
Hotel room
     
 
 
 
Hotel room
     
 
 
 
Hotel room
     
 
 
Waiting for breakfast
     
 
 
 
Waiting for breakfast
     
 
 
 
Waiting for breakfast
     
 
 

 
 
 
3. Balloons
28 August 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
3. Balloons
28 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Balloons over Goreme
     
 
 
 
Balloons over Goreme
     
 
 
 
Balloons over Goreme
     
 
 

 
 
 
4. Around Goreme
29 August 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
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4. Around Goreme
29 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

A day spent wandering the streets, shops and cafes of Goreme.

 
 
 
 
Note the room built to span between chimney rocks
     
 
 
 
Note the room built to span between chimney rocks
     
 
 
 
Note the room built to span between chimney rocks
     
 
 
Hotel dining room
     
 
 
 
Hotel dining room
     
 
 
 
Hotel dining room
     
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
Kathy & Paul on hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Kathy & Paul on hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Kathy & Paul on hotel patio
     
 
 
A little car repair
     
 
 
 
A little car repair
     
 
 
 
A little car repair
     
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
Balloon mobiles ready for tomorrow morning
     
 
 
 
Balloon mobiles ready for tomorrow morning
     
 
 
 
Balloon mobiles ready for tomorrow morning
     
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
I like the Travelers Tales books
     
 
 
 
I like the Travelers Tales books
     
 
 
 
I like the Travelers Tales books
     
 
 
Evening view with fisheye
     
 
 
 
Evening view with fisheye
     
 
 
 
Evening view with fisheye
     
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
 
Hotel patio
     
 
 
Efes the beer of Turkey
     
 
 
 
Efes the beer of Turkey
     
 
 
 
Efes the beer of Turkey
     
 
 
Mutant VW
     
 
 
 
Mutant VW
     
 
 
 
Mutant VW
     
 
 
Carpets, carpets, carpets, carpets
     
 
 
 
Carpets, carpets, carpets, carpets
     
 
 
 
Carpets, carpets, carpets, carpets
     
 
 
We bought one of these pitchers
     
 
 
 
We bought one of these pitchers
     
 
 
 
We bought one of these pitchers
     
 
 
5. Rose and Red Valleys
30 August 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
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5. Rose and Red Valleys
30 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Red and Rose valleys

About 5km outside of Goreme are the Red and Rose valleys which are traversed with a set of good trails. We took a guided hike through the valleys to see the countryside and get closer to the caves and the odd rock formations.

 
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
This is a close up of a carved-in-the-rock dwelling. The next shot is the same rock but at a distance.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
This is a close up of a carved-in-the-rock dwelling. The next shot is the same rock but at a distance.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
This is a close up of a carved-in-the-rock dwelling. The next shot is the same rock but at a distance.
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
The previous shot's dwelling is just barely visible in the upper left hand corner.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
The previous shot's dwelling is just barely visible in the upper left hand corner.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
The previous shot's dwelling is just barely visible in the upper left hand corner.
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
I really don't like caves but I did a few today.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
I really don't like caves but I did a few today.
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
I really don't like caves but I did a few today.
 
 
A stop for tea
     
 
 
 
A stop for tea
     
 
 
 
A stop for tea
     
 
 
More odd rocks
     
 
 
 
More odd rocks
     
 
 
 
More odd rocks
     
 
 
Cave dwelling or temple?
     
We all climbed in and got a guided tour of the room.
 
 
 
Cave dwelling or temple?
     
We all climbed in and got a guided tour of the room.
 
 
 
Cave dwelling or temple?
     
We all climbed in and got a guided tour of the room.
 
 
Our guide
     
 
 
 
Our guide
     
 
 
 
Our guide
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
 
Red Valley hike
     
 
 
6. Ömürlü Ceramics
31 August 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
S   M   L
6. Ömürlü Ceramics
31 August 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Ömürlü

You know how when you're off in a foreign land and you hire a guide the guide includes in the tour some places to shop. And you figure the guide is getting paid to take you to those shops. Well our guide did this but it was fine. He made a little money and we got to tour a couple of local businesses that we'd otherwise not see.

One stop, at a vineyard, was ho hum, but the second, a pottery manufacturer called Ömürlü Ceramics in Avanos (reviewed here), was pretty cool. We got to watch them make the pottery, paint it, glaze it, and then end up with a showroom of tempting pieces.

 
 
 
 
Pottery island
     
On the way to the pottery maker we crossed a wide river. The river had an island in it and the island was covered with broken pottery.
 
 
 
Pottery island
     
On the way to the pottery maker we crossed a wide river. The river had an island in it and the island was covered with broken pottery.
 
 
 
Pottery island
     
On the way to the pottery maker we crossed a wide river. The river had an island in it and the island was covered with broken pottery.
 
 
Making pottery
     
Without saying anything, this fellow demonstrated how to throw a pot.
 
 
 
Making pottery
     
Without saying anything, this fellow demonstrated how to throw a pot.
 
 
 
Making pottery
     
Without saying anything, this fellow demonstrated how to throw a pot.
 
 
The final product
     
 
 
 
The final product
     
 
 
 
The final product
     
 
 
Painters
     
This room featured a u-shaped table occupied by people painting the pottery.
 
 
 
Painters
     
This room featured a u-shaped table occupied by people painting the pottery.
 
 
 
Painters
     
This room featured a u-shaped table occupied by people painting the pottery.
 
 
Painting
     
 
 
 
Painting
     
 
 
 
Painting
     
 
 
Finely-detailed workmanship
     
 
 
 
Finely-detailed workmanship
     
 
 
 
Finely-detailed workmanship
     
 
 
Painted pottery
     
 
 
 
Painted pottery
     
 
 
 
Painted pottery
     
 
 
Studying the merchandise
     
 
 
 
Studying the merchandise
     
 
 
 
Studying the merchandise
     
 
 
7. A few more
2 September 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
S   M   L
7. A few more
2 September 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

A few more of Goreme and the neighboring town of Uchisar.

 
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
 
Around Goreme
     
 
 
Goreme market
     
 
 
 
Goreme market
     
 
 
 
Goreme market
     
 
 
Our transportation
     
 
 
 
Our transportation
     
 
 
 
Our transportation
     
 
 
Uchisar, town next to Goreme
     
 
 
 
Uchisar, town next to Goreme
     
 
 
 
Uchisar, town next to Goreme
     
 
 
Goreme vista
     
 
 
 
Goreme vista
     
 
 
 
Goreme vista
     
 
 
8. Take off
3 September 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
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8. Take off
3 September 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

The balloon people start work at sunrise. They drove us out to where they expected the breeze would carry us across town so we'd make land in an open field on the other side of Goreme. They quickly pulled the basket off the trailer, laid it on its side, then filled it with hot air.

 
 
 
 
A Butterfly balloon
     
 
 
 
A Butterfly balloon
     
 
 
 
A Butterfly balloon
     
 
 
Filling up the balloon
     
 
 
 
Filling up the balloon
     
 
 
 
Filling up the balloon
     
 
 
Filling up the balloon
     
 
 
 
Filling up the balloon
     
 
 
 
Filling up the balloon
     
 
 
Straightening up
     
 
 
 
Straightening up
     
 
 
 
Straightening up
     
 
 
Our pilot
     
Once the balloon is righted we climb aboard. And by climb I mean climb.
 
 
 
Our pilot
     
Once the balloon is righted we climb aboard. And by climb I mean climb.
 
 
 
Our pilot
     
Once the balloon is righted we climb aboard. And by climb I mean climb.
 
 
The flame
     
 
 
 
The flame
     
 
 
 
The flame
     
 
 
Attentive fellow passengers
     
 
 
 
Attentive fellow passengers
     
 
 
 
Attentive fellow passengers
     
 
 
Controls for the gas jets
     
 
 
 
Controls for the gas jets
     
 
 
 
Controls for the gas jets
     
 
 
Ready for take off
     
This is our companion Butterfly balloon which took off shortly after we did.
 
 
 
Ready for take off
     
This is our companion Butterfly balloon which took off shortly after we did.
 
 
 
Ready for take off
     
This is our companion Butterfly balloon which took off shortly after we did.
 
 
Take off
     
To be continued.
 
 
 
Take off
     
To be continued.
 
 
 
Take off
     
To be continued.
 
 
9. Airborne
4 September 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
S   M   L
9. Airborne
4 September 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Goreme's neighboring town of Uchisar in the distance
     
 
 
 
Goreme's neighboring town of Uchisar in the distance
     
 
 
 
Goreme's neighboring town of Uchisar in the distance
     
 
 
Another butterfly takes off
     
 
 
 
Another butterfly takes off
     
 
 
 
Another butterfly takes off
     
 
 

 
 
 
10. On board
5 September 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
S   M   L
10. On board
5 September 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 

Turns out a balloon is a fun place for taking pictures. This first set features our pilot and a look inside the basket.

 
 
 
 
How the pilot increases altitude
     
 
 
 
How the pilot increases altitude
     
 
 
 
How the pilot increases altitude
     
 
 
Sharing the flight plan
     
 
 
 
Sharing the flight plan
     
 
 
 
Sharing the flight plan
     
 
 
Balloon view
     
 
 
 
Balloon view
     
 
 
 
Balloon view
     
 
 
Basket compartments
     
The basket has dividers to distribute the passengers about the corners of the craft while the pilot and fuel tanks take the center.
 
 
 
Basket compartments
     
The basket has dividers to distribute the passengers about the corners of the craft while the pilot and fuel tanks take the center.
 
 
 
Basket compartments
     
The basket has dividers to distribute the passengers about the corners of the craft while the pilot and fuel tanks take the center.
 
 
Inside the balloon
     
 
 
 
Inside the balloon
     
 
 
 
Inside the balloon
     
 
 
Our friendly pilot
     
 
 
 
Our friendly pilot
     
 
 
 
Our friendly pilot
     
 
 
11. Goreme from the air
6 September 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
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11. Goreme from the air
6 September 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Eroded plateau
     
 
 
 
Eroded plateau
     
 
 
 
Eroded plateau
     
 
 
Balloon view
     
 
 
 
Balloon view
     
 
 
 
Balloon view
     
 
 
Fairy chimneys
     
 
 
 
Fairy chimneys
     
 
 
 
Fairy chimneys
     
 
 
Fairy chimneys and balloon
     
 
 
 
Fairy chimneys and balloon
     
 
 
 
Fairy chimneys and balloon
     
 
 
The town of Uchisar is in the distance
     
 
 
 
The town of Uchisar is in the distance
     
 
 
 
The town of Uchisar is in the distance
     
 
 
Fairy chimney building
     
The rocks have long been used for housing and storage, now they are even used as hotels and restaurants.
 
 
 
Fairy chimney building
     
The rocks have long been used for housing and storage, now they are even used as hotels and restaurants.
 
 
 
Fairy chimney building
     
The rocks have long been used for housing and storage, now they are even used as hotels and restaurants.
 
 
Looking down from the balloon
     
 
 
 
Looking down from the balloon
     
 
 
 
Looking down from the balloon
     
 
 

 
 
 
12. Preparing to land
7 September 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
S   M   L
12. Preparing to land
7 September 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
Balloon shadows
     
 
 
 
Balloon shadows
     
 
 
 
Balloon shadows
     
 
 
Balloons coming in for landing
     
 
 
 
Balloons coming in for landing
     
 
 
 
Balloons coming in for landing
     
 
 
I think we're in the wrong lane
     
 
 
 
I think we're in the wrong lane
     
 
 
 
I think we're in the wrong lane
     
 
 
About to land
     
Our fellow Butterfly will land on the trailer pulled by the green truck.
 
 
 
About to land
     
Our fellow Butterfly will land on the trailer pulled by the green truck.
 
 
 
About to land
     
Our fellow Butterfly will land on the trailer pulled by the green truck.
 
 
He made it
     

Our fellow Butterfly has landed. Now it's our turn. The green truck in the lower right corner, the one that's just turning off the road, is pulling our trailer.

Tomorrow: landing.

 
 
 
He made it
     

Our fellow Butterfly has landed. Now it's our turn. The green truck in the lower right corner, the one that's just turning off the road, is pulling our trailer.

Tomorrow: landing.

 
 
 
He made it
     

Our fellow Butterfly has landed. Now it's our turn. The green truck in the lower right corner, the one that's just turning off the road, is pulling our trailer.

Tomorrow: landing.

 
 

 
 
 
13. Landing
8 September 2020.   Goreme  Turkey.
S   M   L
13. Landing
8 September 2020.  Goreme, Turkey.
 
 
 
 
The trailer is our target
     
 
 
 
The trailer is our target
     
 
 
 
The trailer is our target
     
 
 
Inside the balloon
     
 
 
 
Inside the balloon
     
 
 
 
Inside the balloon
     
 
 
A little celebration on landing
     
 
 
 
A little celebration on landing
     
 
 
 
A little celebration on landing
     
 
 
Post-ride refreshments
     
 
 
 
Post-ride refreshments
     
 
 
 
Post-ride refreshments
     
 
 
The captain
     
 
 
 
The captain
     
 
 
 
The captain
     
 
 
Kathy
     
 
 
 
Kathy
     
 
 
 
Kathy
     
 
 
Loaded and ready for home
     
 
 
 
Loaded and ready for home
     
 
 
 
Loaded and ready for home
     
 
 
A yellow and blue balloon
     
 
 
 
A yellow and blue balloon
     
 
 
 
A yellow and blue balloon