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Flying Together: Exploring Cappadocia On Hot Air Balloons

Goreme (Turkey). Every morning (except when weather conditions don’t allow it) tens of hot air balloons take off around Goreme at sunrise, for a ride over Cappadocia – Turkey. It’s a lifetime experience, which gives not only the possibility to admire the incredible morphology of this unique region, but also the feeling of a silent flight suspended in the air.

And since the direction is mostly determined by the winds, it might happen that groups of hot air balloons fly together: initially it can be scary, but it takes few seconds to realize that these situations are risk-free…

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Good Morning Goreme!

Goreme (Turkey). Every morning, just before the sunset, hundreds of hot air balloons take off with tourists on board to fly all together above Cappadocia – a popular region in the hearth of the Anatolian Turkey – and see the sun coming out from behind the famous fairy chimneys.

I had the privilege to make this trip some years ago, and it is still extremely vivid in my mind. Just simply flying with a hot air balloon is something unique, especially when you are used to fly with a plane, because finding yourself suspended in the air without the noise of engines is really surprising. And flying with a hot air balloon over an unique land like Cappadocia is a breathtaking experience!

Today, hot air balloons are part of this landscape. Googling “Cappadocia” or “Goreme” shows a huge set of landscape photographs with hot air balloons everywhere. I must confess that I could not resist to the temptation of doing the same photo of many others! So, one morning I woke up before the sunrise and I prepared my tripod and my camera for the shooting. With the very first sunrise lights, I was able to see some hot air balloons taking off. And once the sun rays were more and more filtering through the fairy chimneys, this is what I had in front of my eyes.

I decided to print this photograph in a very large format, and it is now hung on a wall in my living-room. Every morning, when I watch it while drinking my coffee, I say the same thing that came to my mind when I photographed this landscape: “good morning, Goreme!”

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Hot Air Balloons Take Off Over Cappadocia At Sunrise

Goreme (Turkey). Every morning (except when weather conditions don’t allow it) tens of hot air balloons take off around Goreme at sunrise, for a ride over Cappadocia – Turkey. It’s a lifetime experience, which gives not only the possibility to admire the incredible morphology of this unique region, but also the feeling of a silent flight suspended in the air.

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