All of us but Phil got up very early to assemble for a hot air balloon trip at 4:45 am. The organizers took us to a place for coffee and tea and bill paying! The trip was just incredible. I have never done anything like it before. The scenery was phenomenal. One of the most remarkable things was that we landed right on top of the trailer used to transport the balloon back to storage. We were served champagne with cherry juice at the end.
Back to the hotel for breakfast and then we went to Goreme to see the churches at the open air museum.
This included St. Barbara’s church. She was an Egyptian whose father had her killed for being a Christian. Then on to a carpet center where most of the group spent far too much for rugs, including me.
The on to lunch at Dede Effendi Restaurant where we ate outside. I had a local wine.
Our final stop was at a pottery place where we had a short lesson and then on to the over-priced pottery store. I bought a small tile for 10TL.
The bus ride back seemed interminable. I was really cranky packing. We went to bed and then heard a lot of fireworks.