On An Unexpected Cap

This Explore has nothing to do with a hat or cap because Cappadocia is a region in central Turkey. I first heard about this region around 2010 while watching a 60 Minutes segment about Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome – the head of the Orthodox Church throughout the world.

The segment captivated me in multiple ways because I don’t know much about the Orthodox Christianity or Turkey – but the part about Cappadocia and its role in early Christianity mesmerized me – especially the landscape and its history.

Today, hot air balloon rides are popular in this beautiful land of historical intrigue – the land whose rock sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Below the video are links to additional information about Cappadocia, including the 60-Minutes segment. Enjoy the journey and views courtesy of a drone.

More Informational Videos
Rick Steves segment with information and a balloon ride (3 minutes)
A travel promotion video (3 minutes)
60-Minutes segment that sparked my intrigue (14.5 minutes)

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28 thoughts on “On An Unexpected Cap

  1. I haven’t been there yet 🙂 and I am not sure could I fly with the balloon… but the view is amazing, one of my places I want to visit. Thank you dear Frank, Have a nice weekend, Love, nia

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  2. I don’t think I could ever go on a hot air balloon ride, unfortunately. Beautiful as it sounds, looks, feels . . it combines two of my fears- heights and claustrophobia. The latter is way stronger than the former, but combined? Eeeesh!

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  3. Your video was 4 min. 6 sec. well spent. Turkey hasn’t cracked my Top 25 Bucket List yet, but occasionally makes appearances on my Top 50.

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  4. Frank, there really are some beautiful places around the world, many of which we’ll probably never see. This place is one of them! And the balloons just seemed to make the place magical! Fascinating.

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    • Tom,
      The 60-Minutes episode just blew me away in so many ways … and at the time, I didn’t know anything about the hot-air balloon craze in that area. Glad you enjoyed this … and cheers to the many beautiful places in our world.

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  5. Beautiful video of the balloon ride Frank – I’ve never done one (probably won’t ever), but always a thrill to see what can be captured from the sky.

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  6. That video is gorgeous, parts of it, the scenery with the balloons, looks unreal, like some magical scene from a fantasy movie land. I’ve never been drawn to wanting to go in a balloon myself, but my Dad went on a balloon ride a few years ago and said it was wonderful, because it moves at the exact speed that the air is moving, there is a stillness that is quite unique. I think I’ll stick to looking at pretty videos though.

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    • Vanessa,
      Scenes from a fantasy land is a wonderful description for Cappadocia. The 60 Minutes segment was so good in different ways, and the land captured my attention. Cheers to your dad for his ride (which is something I haven’t done or considered). BTW – I suggest watching the two travel videos I linked about this region of the world.

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