PRE-CAP in Cappadocia, Part II

Hi! My name is Dena Weinstein, and I’m the third and final blogger for the CAP Turkey trip. As you heard from Minh yesterday, we’ve been having a great time in Cappadocia!

Yesterday, we woke up at 4 AM for a hot air balloon tour. This region is very famous for these hot air balloon tours- and after yesterday- I can definitely see why!! It was incredible. I don’t even know what I was expecting: after all, I’d travelled for 24 hours, slept for 2 hours, and was on my way into a hot air balloon. The scenery of all the caves, rock formations, and various valleys was beautiful. Even more breath-taking was seeing all the other balloons in the air, each one just seemingly floating, moving in whatever direction the wind was blowing. We were in the sky for about an hour, and after a champagne celebration upon landing, we made our way back to our hotel in time for breakfast at 7:30 AM.

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Up in the air!

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The 3 Turkey CAP Bloggers saying hi!!!

At 9, the tour company picked us up again for a day long tour of the region. We saw Catalkaya, the “symbolic fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia.  Then, we went to a pottery making shop, where we watched a pottery master make a beautiful vase in about three minutes! After watching, one of the GW students got to try! She wasn’t as successful (it’s much harder than it looks!), but we all had fun. The pottery is so detailed and beautiful!

View from breakfast!

Our very own GW pottery maker!

Our very own GW pottery maker!

Finished pottery

Finished pottery

In the afternoon we first went to a Turkish carpet factory where we learned what really goes into making hand-woven carpets; then we went to the Gerome open air museum – which had numerous Byzantine rock carved churches and paintings. The tour ended with a wine tasting at a local Cappadocia winery: unsurprisingly, the only purchases of the day were at our last stop!

Hand weaving a carpet

Hand weaving a carpet

Finished Turkish Carpets

Finished Turkish Carpets

Group picture at the Goreme open air museum!

Group picture at the Goreme open air museum!

Cappadocian wine sellar!

Cappadocian wine sellar!

We ended our day by getting back to the hotel, making a fire in the room, and enjoying some of that cappadocian wine!

We’re heading back to Istanbul today, where we can’t wait to start our actual CAP trip! Stay tuned for updates!!

-Dena

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