When someone mentions Turkey, the first impression is hot air balloon. That is the main reason why I want to travel to Turkey. It is said there is the most beautiful hot air ballon in the world. I spent five days in Turkey and went to Istanbul, Cappadocia and Pamukkale. It is just a small part of turkey but I want to share experience, tourist attractions and interesting things in these places.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Hagia Sophia are majestic and extravagant in Istanbul. It is worth visiting them even you are not religious. Hagia Sophia also called Ayasofya Muzesi. It has 1500 years history and is one of the best Byzantine building. There are Magnificent hand-painted blue tiles adorn the sultan Ahmed mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s domes.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque open times: Everyday from 9:00-18:00 except Monday. (25 Turkish Lira for adult)
Hagia Sophia open times: 9:00-21:00 between May to October, 9:00-19:00 between September to April except for praying time. (free)
Grand bazaar is not only the biggest bazzar in Istanbul, but also the biggest bazzar in the world. There are over 4400 stores, 64 streets and 25,000 people working here. There are fountain, police office station and two mosque. What interests me in this street are the special local products such as kebap, siyah cay and colored light.
Cappadocia is the most interesting place in Turkey from my point of view. We live in a cave hotel and it is literally build in a cave with stone and cement. There is dust falling from the ceiling sometimes, which is a different and exotic experience. If you want to have a tour in Goreme, there are red tour, green tour and blue tour, which depends on tourist attractions you want to visit. We chose the green tour includes the Goreme Open Air Museum, Love Valley, Temnni Hill and Pigeon Valley. It is some special terrace and historical churches.
The most romantic and amazing part was taking a hot balloon trip. I cannot describe how excited I was and the feeling when I saw the view from the balloon. It must be the to-do-list in one’s life. Even though this trip is about one hour, you will not feel bored. There are different views from different height and sun rises during the trip.
Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish. Pamukkale’s terraces are made of travertine, deposited by water from the hot spring, which causes the beautiful and unusual terraces. It has a temperate climate for most of the year. You can try paragliding from the top of the mountain, which makes you have a great view of Pamukkale and enjoy an exciting sport.