Trip Start May 04, 2005
2Trip End Jun 15, 2005
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Then, on to meze and dinner at a roof-top restaurant where I was introduced to Raki, a *very* potent drink. This was of course, after assurances from Mehmet that he could re-schedule my 5:15 am hot-air balloon ride the next morning if necessary. After dinner and Raki, on to a cave bar where one of the local guides was singing traditional Turkish music - amazing. Urgup, while catering to the tourist trade, is much less touristy than Goreme and my hotel (Hotel Janet) was within walking distance to the town centre and $15 US / night.
The next morning I bounded out of bed at 4:45 am (what WAS I thinking) and set off for my hot air balloon ride. At the moment it seemed like a good idea but once I got to the balloon site the after effects of the Raki set in and I had to head back to the hotel to recover. Yes, yes, laugh if you must...
Fortunately a few more hours of sleep solved the problem and I was able to make my 9:30 am tour. The Goreme Open Air Museum, Fairy Chimneys, Pigeon Valley, Urgup, Avanos (where I tried my hands at pottery - was thinking of Geraline! - and made a crazy bowl) etc, etc, etc... Dinner again that night and then a successful hot air balloon ride the next morning where I got to pull the gas thingys (some sort of control type device to make the balloon go up and down - ha ha ha - insert maniacal laughter here) Despite my best efforts however, I was unable to do much damage.
Then a personal tour of the underground city (K - something - sorry for the lack of detail, I'll add it later when I have my book) and back on the bus to Ankara to arrive at 5:30 pm and depart that night at 11pm for Antalya.