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The Last of Cappadocia

sunny 30 °C

It has been great taking a few days off hiking after such a hectic start to our time here in Fairy Chimney Land. The main attraction here, which we have chosen not to do, is hot air ballooning. The start time is 5am, it's a little pricey and it includes us being 2 of 16 people standing in a straw basket, next to a giant propane torch held almost 2kms above very hard stone...none of this adds up for us. But today I did manage to get up at about 6 to grab a Turkish tea and some photos of the nearly 80 balloons that dotted the sunrise skyline. I think my view was as good or better, I got an extra hour of sleep and there is no fiery ending to the story.

We have also discovered that all tours in our hotel leave by 9:30, so the best time to arrive at breakfast is around 10 when we have full access to the restocked buffet and no need to wrestle for table space. So by the time we were done breakfast it was almost time for lunch. Natalie had purchased a silver and turquoise ring from a local jeweler and it had been sized, so our one project this morning was to pick that up. Mission accomplished we went for lunch and snapped the photo of the VW bus with the Beetle sunroof which seems to live in the No Parking Zone on main street.

On our way home for an afternoon nap we met our new best friend Fatima. She spotted us eyeing her neighbours fruit drying in the street and invited us in for tea. The tea was served and a giant bag of dried apples arrived as well. She was very nice and enjoyed practicing her english as well as showing us her house and managed to sell Nat a nice new pair of hand knitted slippers. We were also invited to come back for dinner, which we have just finished and really enjoyed. For anyone who might be traveling this way, we now have her email and phone number and are in charge of turning her into a profitable B&B.

It has been a great few days, we are ready to head back to the coast and start our boating adventure this weekend from Olympos to Fethiye. Unfortunately no flights head that way so we are heading to the bus station for an overnight bus. Hopefully by noon tomorrow we will be in our tree house hostel in Olympos...we'll let you know...

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Posted by colincampbell 10:06 Archived in Turkey

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