KAPADOKYA: TEA AND BALLOONS
Hey guys, I shared this story on Travel Noire a few months ago but just in case you missed it, here goes a little bit on my fab time in Kapadokya (Cappadoccia)
As the hubby and I sat down by the computer to book our 6-night getaway we were faced with travelers dilemma: where to go, how much to see and what to do. I knew from early on that I wanted to visit Turkey. The hubby had already been to Istanbul without me and his stories had me practically red with jealousy. How dare he have gone on such a fantastic trip without me? We would have to fix that ASAP. So here we were, not exactly ASAP, but 3 years later booking a trip to Istanbul.
From all accounts there was so much to do in Turkey that our 6 nights quickly started to seem insufficient. Because I’m a greedy traveler and want to see more and do more, out of nowhere, I decided that we needed to add a quick detour to Kapadokya (also spelled Cappadocia) to make our trip complete.
Every time you add another city to a trip, there’s a lot to consider. This includes travel time between stops, getting to train/bus stations, arrival time and departure time. Would we end up spending 6-hours getting somewhere only to have 3 hours of daylight and then have to turn right back around? Would the detour/stopover be worth it? And while there was a short flight (1.5hr) from Istanbul to Kapadokya, I thought we could max out the experience by taking the train to Ankara and then renting a car for the rest of the trip.
The 3-hour drive from Ankara to Kapadoka was beautiful and scenic. We captured beautiful videos of the rolling hills, mountains, countryside, cities in between, lakes and new constructions. You can tell this is a growing country that is heavily invested in its infrastructure and its people.
As soon as we approached Goreme, we instantly knew we were somewhere special. Windy roads led us to our cave hotel.
To read about my adventures in full, stop by Travel Noire.