Imagination valley

#TravelPost – Cappadocia, the realm of hot air balloons

RO: Sa ajung in Cappadocia, Turcia a fost una dintre rezolutiile pe 2019. S-a implinit, asa cum s-au intamplat multe experiente asemantoare din ultimii ani… fara prea multe si detaliate planuri, la cel mai mic imbold am cumparat biletele de avion. In acest caz le-am luat cu aproximativ doua luni inainte de decolare (Pegasus Airlines – economy class – Bucuresti Kayseri, dus- intors ~ 180 euro).

EN: Traveling to Cappadocia, Turkey was one of my 2019’s resolutions. So, it happened like many other similar experiences in the recent years … without too many and too detailed plans, at the slightest impulse I bought the airplane tickets. In this case I both them with about two months before take-off (Pegasus Airlines, economy class, round trip – Bucharest Kayseri, ~ 180 euro).

RO: Se zboara cu escala in Istanbul; o ora zborul Bucuresti – Istanbul, apoi o escala de 5 ore pentru un alt zbor de o ora Istanbul – Kayseri. Da, nu e cel mai placut, dar am avut cardul de debit Idea::platinum, care iti permite accesul gratuit in aproape orice lounge din lume, prin programul LoungeKey.

Cazarea am ales-o prin, special pentru balconul cu view spre oras – Goreme Cave Rooms – 140 euro/4 nopti camera 2 pers).

Daca v-ati decis sa va aventurati in Cappadocia, luati in considerare doua zile pentru drum (cel putin din Romania). Am plecat intr-o miercuri si am stat pana duminica. Au fost 3 zile complete in care m-am bucurat de aceasta destinatie si credeti-ma cand va zic, nu au fost suficiente.

EN: The flight is with stop in Istanbul; one hour flight Bucharest – Istanbul, then a 5 hour stop for another one hour flight Istanbul – Kayseri. Yes, it’s not the best, but I had my Idea::platinum card that offers free access in almost every lounge in the world, through the program LoungeKey.

I chose the accommodation on, especially for the special view balcony – Goreme Cave Rooms – 140 euro / 4 nights room for 2 persons).

If you have decided to travel to Cappadocia, take into account two days only for the way there (at least from Romania). I left on a Wednesday and stayed there until Sunday. There were 3 full days to enjoy this destination and believe me when I say they were not enough.

RO: Zborul cu balonul cu aer cald in Cappadocia

Din pacate, in zilele in care am fost acolo, din cauza vantului zborurile au fost anulate. Dar, in prima dimineata, dupa 4 ore de somn, mai exact la 4:30, am fost cocotata pe cel mai inalt deal si am urmarit spectacolul baloanelor cu aer cald 😉 

Recomandarea localnicilor este sa vizitezi Cappadocia in luna iulie, atunci sunt cele mai mici sanse sa se anuleze zborurile.

EN: Flying with hot air balloon in Cappadocia

Unfortunately, during the days that I was there, all flights were canceled due to wind. But on the first morning, after 4 hours of sleep, exactly at 4:30 AM I was on the highest hill watching the hot air balloons show  😉

Local people recommend to visit Cappadocia in July, during that period you will have the lowest chances of flight cancellations.

RO: Ce poti vizita in Cappadocia? Fiind un oras pregatit pentru turisti, de la rasarit pana la apus poti alege dintr-o multitudine de activitati speciale: excursii de o zi cu ghid in regiunea Goreme, tur cu ATV-ul sau tur cu caii, zbor cu parapanta, plimbare cu masini de epoca, petrecere turceasca sau hammam – baie turceasca. Fiecare cazare iti pune la dispozitie aceste activitati sau la fiecare colt de strada gasesti o agentie turistica care te poate ajuta.

EN: What can you visit in Cappadocia? Being a city ready for tourists, from sunrise to sunset you can choose from so many special activities: daily colored guided tours in the Goreme region, ATV tour or horseback riding, paragliding, strolling with epoch cars, Turkish party or Turkish bath – hammam. Each accommodation provides you with these activities, or you will find at every corner of the street a tourist agency ready to help you.

RO: Red tour, 28 euro (plecarea de la hotel, intre orele 9 si aprox. 17): Muzeul National in aer liber Göreme; panorama Love valley; demonstratie de olarit in Avanos; valea Pasabag cu formatiuni din cenusa sau “calugarii impietriti”; valea Devrent (Imagination valley).

EN: Red tour, 28 euro (starting point the hotel, from 9 AM to about 5 PM): Uçhisar panorama; Göreme Open Air Museum; Love valley view point; Avanos traditional handicrafts demonstration; Paşabağ fairy chimney rock formations; Devrent valley (Imagination valley).

RO: Green tour, 30 euro – orasul subteran Derinkuyu, valea Ihlara, manastirea Selime, demonstratie atelier onyx, vizita la un centru de covoare lucrate manual, panorama Pigeon Valley.

EN: Green tour, 30 euro – Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley, Lunch, Selime Monastery, Onyx Demonstration, visit handmade carpet center, Pigeon Valley vista point.

RO: Mancarea turceasca inseamna proteine si zahar 😀 pot kebap,  kunefe, baclava, dulciuri cu foarte mult zahar. Sa nu va abtineti cat sunteti in concediu, nu exagerati, dar incercati ce va face cu ochiul.

EN: For me Turkish food means proteins and sugar: D pot kebap, kunefe, baclava, sweets with a lot of sugar. Don’t restrict yourselves on vacation, just don’t exaggerate, but try what you feel like.

RO: Fiecare oras, destinatie inseamna un amalgam de amintiri si trairi pe care le pastrezi, le aduci cu tine acasa si iti alimenteaza starea de reverie mult dupa ce calatoria s-a incheiat… prin aceste #travelposts incerc sa pastrez cat mai vii, mai prezente descoperirile mele din lumea mare.

Pastrez in bucket list aceasta destinatie… in una dintre lunile iulie din viitorul apropiat o sa va salut din balonul cu aer cald, de deasupra Cappadociei!

EN: Every city, destination gives a mix of memories and experiences that you can bring home with you, they are the ones that feed your spirit long after the journey has ended … through these #travelposts I try to keep alive as long as I can my discoveries from the big world.

I will keep this destination on my bucket list, and in one of the July months in the near future I will wave to you from the hot air balloon above Cappadocia!

Kisses and please go discover the world!