If there was one moment we really looked forward to on our trip to Turkey, it was the possibility of taking a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia. All of Cappadocia is enchanting, but going on a hot air balloon ride was something we had both been talking about for a while already and this seemed like the perfect place to make that dream come true.
Our day began early, still at dawn, with a tour guide we had hired who picked us up at our hotel. From here, we were taken on a jeep to our group’s meeting point where we were woken up by some great black coffee accompanied by some delicious Turkish pastries. Needless to say, André was very greedy when it came time to split the pastries with me!
Here, we were shown an introductory video that told us how the ride would take place and what precautions to take before, during and after our flight. Nothing to worry about, though – all we had to do was to respect the pilot’s instructions and mind ourselves during landing.
When we left, headed towards the valley from where we would take off, the balloons were already being filled p. Hundreds of balloons filled our horizon and our eyes were glued to them as if imagining that we were already flying over that magical place.
As it was dawn, the sun was just peaking behind the mountains and the whole valley was lit up only by the torches that would light up as the balloons started climbing. It seemed like it was going to be a difficult and long process but within minutes we were invited to board a balloon that was already a few centimeters off the ground.
Honestly, it felt like we were in a Disney movie – but instead of a flying carpet we had a flying balloon. Instead of Aladdin, I had André and even though I was no Jasmin, I felt like a princess. Holding hands, hugging each other while looking out into the horizon while flying over the fairy chimneys, looking out and seeing the hundreds of balloons that we had seen on land now up in the air… It all made us feel like anything is possible when you dream together. One of our most romantic moments on the road.
We don’t know if we will ever be able to do this again but it’s undoubtedly something we recommend to anyone who visits Cappadocia. Do it with someone you love; you will feel so happy to be sharing that moment with someone special, as if you were in a perfect world where everything feels like a dream.