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The Dark Sunrise – Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, Turkey


Photo of the Day – The Dark Sunrise – Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is an area in Western Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. One of the most popular attractions for a tourist is to wake up early in the morning and float through the sky safely in the basket of a hot air balloon.

Will and I visited Cappadocia back in 2010 on our trip around the world and made the steep investment to secure our spot on one of the morning balloons. We woke up really early one morning and joined about fifty other balloons in the morning sky. It was the first time either of us had ever been up in a hot air balloon and it was nothing short of incredible. There is no better way to get a full view of Cappadocia’s special landscape.

As the sun was rising, I pointed my camera at two balloons that were standing between us and the sun. I included the top picture below to give you perspective on where the sun was at relative to the two balloons. However it is the second picture that I think is special. I zoomed in, eliminating the distracting sun, but leaving the silhouetted balloons in the frame. It’s hard to recall a better sunrise on any day in my life.

The Dark Sunrise - Hot Air Baloon Ride - Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, Turkey


Photo of the Day – Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, Turkey

This was one of the most expensive activities that Will and I did on our trip around the world in 2010. I’d never been floating in a hot air balloon before and that experience alone was nothing short of amazing. The rugged and unique landscape found in Cappadocia, Turkey, makes this one of the most popular spots on the planet to go up in a hot air balloon. This was my favorite moment while visiting Turkey for a week and it easily makes the list of the top 100 things I have done in my life.

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