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Turkey – Ballon Ride

October 30th, 2012 by Fitz, Travel Adventures & Places, 0 Comments

Turkish Balloon

My travel Partner Troy was very excited to take a balloon ride in Cappadocia but with my general dislike of heights I was considerably less enthusiastic. However, as I’d never ridden in a hot air balloon and this seemed as good a time as any I resolved myself to a bit of vertigo and went.

The rides in Cappadocia leave at the crack of dawn so we were collected by a driver at 5:30 and whisked to a restaurant where we scarfed down a continental with scores of other groggy tourists. As light began to creep into the horizon the balloons were slowly inflated in a nearby field. It was quite a sight to see so many balloons taking shape and flashing with gouts of flame. Eventually our guide gathered us and we were placed with a large group of Japanese in a balloon. This was pretty lucky as there were all about five and half feet tall. My six foot two size gave me a nicely unobstructed view. :)

The actual ride is quite tranquil. There is little in the way of a breeze or swaying. Ballooning is indeed the most favonian form of aviation. The degree to which the pilot could navigate us in and out of the valleys was also quite surprising. He often came within a couple of yards of cliff edges. The ride lasted about an hour I’m guessing and our pilot informed us that there were well over 100 other balloons in the air that morning.

If you’ve never done a hot air balloon ride I have to say it’s an voyage worth trying. The scenery ┬áis stunning and the ride so gentle that even those adverse to heights should fine it pretty comfortable.