Last night we enjoyed a traditional Turkish meal, cultural and belly dancing.
A new career maybe? Not!
This morning, early, real early - 4:30! we were off hot air ballooning. Here they are setting up the balloons-
And we were off!
The landscape is amazing!
Amongst the fairy chimneys are vineyards or garden plots in white, rocky soil-
After our pilot landed our basket ON the trailer! we drank champagne, Turkish style- no alcohol :( but I guess it was 7 am! Then we were presented with our certificates-
Later, it was a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum. It's a small area filled with many monasteries, churches and 11 refectories (a room used for communal meals). Lots of churches have frescoes similar to what we saw yesterday. Most of the churches belong to the 10th, 11th and 12th centuries.
This is a table and bench seating carved into the rock with a frescoe on the end wall-
There are little niches carved in the side of this cliff-
Here is a nice frescoe-
Here is an example of the pattern (on the top) and the loom-
About 50 carpets of different styles and colors were rolled out for our viewing pleasure-