This Week I Loved…

Reliving our hot air balloon ride in Turkey.Cappadocia096A bill-free day of mail.
1092076_10100582355317315_1430268217_oMy first big install with the designers at work, and these awesome pillows I found for it.1237758_10100586898432875_372879956_o Turquoise and Rose-Violet.1021023_10100582714098315_1416184951_o This week’s Color Theory class project using 6 random colors and abstract shapes of our choice.

1070135_10100583045778625_49520087_oAnd rewatching The Great Gatsby.

Like a Dream: Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Well folks, this is my last post on our epic summer vacation. I will leave you with few words, just a photo essay of sorts. During our short stay in the village of Uchisar, we made time for an incredible hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia. There were about 40 other balloons in the air with us, and I have to say it was dreamlike. I have been on one hot air balloon ride before, but I had never seen such beautiful sights as these. So here I’ll leave you with my favorite photos from our time floating over Turkey. Enjoy!

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getting ready for take-off

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lifting off, another balloon just like ours

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beginning our journey

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looking up

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“fairy chimneys” in the valley below

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more fairy chimneys, and some cave houses

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the horizon as the sun rises

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local farms below

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a small farm in Love Valley

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the sun makes its way over the horizon

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a parade of balloons make their way through Love Valley

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lifting upward out of Love Valley

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picturesque clouds beyond the balloons

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golden and green farms below

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drifting up higher

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sweeping landscape below

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natural formations and plenty of vegetation

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balloons silhouetted by the sunrise

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gliding along with our companion balloons

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one of the tallest mountains in Turkey

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pretty high up now, with a great view of the other balloons surrounding us

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gorgeous greenery in the valley

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This Week I Loved… Travel Edition: Turkey

(aka This Week in Turkey We Hope To Have Seen…)

The Blue Mosque (Photo Credit – http://www.bestourism.com)

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Hagia Sofia (Photo Credit – http://istanbulvisions.com)

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Spice bazaar (Photo Credit – http://commons.wikimedia.org)
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The Bosphorus (Photo Credit – http://www.turkeyvacationplaces.com)
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Hot Air Balloons (Photo Credit – http://www.travelpackagesturkey.com)
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Underground Cities (Photo Credit – http://cappadociaturkey.travel)
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Star Cave Hotel (Photo Credit – http://www.cappadociatoursguide.com)
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Next week I’ll be back blogging in real time, and I’m sure I’ll have lots and lots of blog fuel! Stay tuned for photos and stories from our travels.

Today We Are In: Cappadocia

At this point in our vacation we just arrived in Cappadocia yesterday, and we’re really excited about this part of the trip. Cappadocia is located almost smack-dab in the middle of Turkey, and the city dates all the way back to the 6th century. It’s known for it’s incredible network of underground cities. We’re hoping to spend a fair amount of time exploring them. Some are still fully functioning, and there are even some caves that have been converted into hotels.

Cappadocia is also known as a great place to go hot air ballooning. The hubby and I have been on a hot air balloon ride once before on our honeymoon, but certainly not over terrain like this.

Plus, there’s a little-known wine region in the surrounding area, and as the great wine appreciator, my husband is totally looking forward to tasting what will likely be wines unlike anything we get here in the states.

Because this is a much more remote area of the country, I’m expecting that we will be a bit more challenged to use our Turkish translation book and get some practice in this language far different than any of us will be familiar with. Hopefully we won’t offend anyone!

What would you most like to see in Cappadocia?