Bucket List Nr. 453: Flying over a breathtaking view in a hot air balloon – CHECKED
I’ve been dreaming about Cappadocia ever since I read about it in school. A special and unique place in the world. With outstanding anthropologic evidence and a spectacular view. From a balloon.
Flying with a balloon was something so exotic and adventurous that simply had to be experienced. Every kid who read Jules Verne understands where I’m coming from.
Yes, you wake up at 4 am. Yes, it’s dark and cold and you drive to this place thinking about your warm bed and chic hotel room. Yes, you wish you were still in THAT bed and think this might have not been the best decision. But these thoughts hit you only until the car stops in front of one of the most spectacular landscapes you have ever seen. You can also enjoy a cup of tea or a coffee while waiting for your balloon to be ready to lift itself in the air.
As expected from a snobbish prick like me, Tudy, my butler, came along on this adventure #haha
Everywhere I go, every friend I make is Special. Here is the proof.
Developing a Paez addiction here
Brace yourselves, you’re about to meet my face at 5 am in the morning, without make-up
I wonder how you say ‘Bule’ in Turkish…
I was still sleepy when the balloon was slowly and calmly rising in the sky. A one hour ride (only during the early mornings, when the wind is calm, it’s the optimum time for lifting hot air balloons) at 800 feet high, overlooking the incredible Cappadocia landscape.
Yep, this is how you climb down from a camel in the modern era
Photos by Emil Costrut
I totally recommend this adventure. For example, I would be afraid to jump with a parachute from a plane, but I wasn’t the tiniest bit afraid of stepping into a hot air balloon. Because the experience was much calmer, balanced I would say, serene.
Thank you Prestige, thank you for gifting us this perfect life experience with impeccable organization and care. You have my complete gratitude and satisfaction.