Goreme is a small, touristy town like many others around the world. However, it's in the heart of Cappadocia, a unique place of fairy chimneys that have enchanted me and make me feel like I'm in a dream each day.
There's not a whole lot to do here other than visit, hike around or balloon over these fairy chimneys, but that's a good thing, especially when you've been traveling for four months and are excited for a break from big cities.
So what are these so called fairy chimneys? Well, according to http://www.cappadociaexclusive.com/geological.html these unusual rock formations are a results of volcanic eruptions during the third geological period. The deposits of volcanic ash, lava and basalt laid the groundwork for these rock formations, followed by years of erosion from wind and rain, forming unique shapes that give the landscape an appearance that resembles what many people might think the surface of the moon would be like.
|One of the former dwellings at the Open Air Museum in Goreme|
|Some unique looking fairy chimneys in Pigeon Valley|
|An amazing view of the valley!|
|Many of these fairy chimneys were (and some still are) inhabited|
|During our hike in Pigeon Valley|
|Now Drew's into "jumping" photos too. Go figure. ;-)|
|Amazing shapes of the rocks formed by natural elements|
I am happy to report that today we took that sunrise hot air balloon ride and it surpassed every one of my dreams of the occasion, despite just how touristy of an activity it is here. Also, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that just yesterday, the region saw its second balloon accident since these flights began twenty years ago. Unfortunately three people lost their lives and many were injured, so my thoughts and prayers are with those people and their families.
Despite that awful accident, I would highly recommend the activity and this amazing place to everyone. It's like nowhere I've ever been.
|Getting ready for our first hot air balloon flight!|
|A balloon rising behind a fairy chimney|
|Close to 100 balloons take flight each morning|
|We went as high at 950 meters, 1000 is the limit here|
|The small city below|
|An interesting perspective of the canyon below|