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In Cappadocia

September 8, 2016
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Some time ago, I saw a picture of a magical place that seemed to exist only in fairy tales, or on a different planet. Hundreds of hot air balloons flew in the sky, people built their homes in the caves and decorated them with colorful hand-woven carpets. They spent their evenings by a fireplace listening to the sound of crackling fire and drank red wine. Every morning with the first rays of burning red sun they took herds of lambs to the pasture in the fields and rocky mountains. They lived in valleys surrounded by stones of ethereal conical shapes. I could never imagine that this place is real and that someday I will come to visit it.

This place exists and it is called Cappadocia. So a few weeks ago my husband Vitaliy and I booked our flights to Turkey. Then we didn’t know that our journey to this magical place would be the best one of our lives.

When we came to Cappadocia, I felt that I was carried away to a different epoch of some hundreds of years ago. It seemed that everything remained the same, except for some minor changes that are required for any town in a modern country.

After we landed at Nevsehir airport, we went to the most beautiful town, called Goreme right away. This is where one can watch dozens of hot air balloons flying high up in the sky during the sunrise.

We stayed in a hotel that had the most scenic terrace on its rooftop, which was lined with carpets hand-woven with ancient patterns. This was a perfect place to have breakfast watching the balloons in the sky.

Cappadocia was love at first sight, and I found at least 15 reasons to fall in love with this region.


Days in Cappadocia begin early. Everyone wakes up between 4 to 5 am to see the miracle of the balloons flying up in the sky and the first rays of the sun coming out from behind the mountains. Grey shades of the earth and the mountains become colorful as if the sun has painted them in beige, pink, terracotta and golden yellow. The new day full of emotions and adventures begins.

Hot air balloons

One after another giant and colorful hot air balloons take off to the still dark sky and start flying above the valleys. They fill up with air and fly up very high. And then they go down and fly above Goreme almost touching the rooftops. Sometimes they fly so low that it seems that one could stretch out his hand and touch the hand of the person who is flying above in the basket. The round giants appear from behind the houses, hissing like snakes and inhaling burning hot air to continue their journey to another valley.


The history of Cappadocia begins earlier than 5000 BC. Throughout the centuries this region was influenced by different civilizations. It was a part of Hittite, Persian, Roman and Osman empires and was a battlefield during numerous wars. Every period of the region’s history left an imprint on its culture.


Over thousands of years, water and wind were shaping Cappadocia’s rocky landscape, which created the natural canyons, and mountains resembling chimneys, columns, pyramids, and towers out of the earth. The landscape was used to build monasteries, dovecotes, and houses. During the period of early Christianity, underground cities were that went down to eight storeys.


Cappadocia is a perfect place for travelers who love hiking, extreme motorbike and ATV rides, and romantic horse back riding. You will be impressed with every valley’s beautiful and surreal landscapes.


Love Valley is Cappadocia’s landmark. As a result of a volcanic eruption, soft rocks crumbled and the hard ones remained standing. The eruption formed the rocks that resemble giant phallic symbols.

Red and Pink Valleys appear like Martian landscapes in shades of red and pink, and are known for their monasteries carved in the rocks.

Another valley is called Pigeon Valley and it has become the home of hundreds of pigeons from several centuries ago.


A journey to Cappadocia will make your Instagram look amazing. Every house, street, wall, bench, tree, cave, rock, watermelon is created to make your Instagram feed look unique and trendy.

Magic Carpets

Cappadocia is a land of magic carpets. They serve as a decoration in interiors and exteriors and can be seen everywhere. Some of the carpets are 250 and more years old and they were brought from all over the country. Every carpet has a hidden message embedded in its patterns that resembles beliefs, hopes, joys and sorrows of the women who weaved them.


Cappadocian cuisine mainly consists of meat, vegetables, and bread. This region is also well-known for pottery, therefore many dishes are baked crock pots. The most famous dish is Pottery Kebab that is made of lamb, pearl onions, garlic, pepper, tomatoes with local spices all cooked in Cappadocian pottery.


Cappadocia is a winemaking region and its history goes back more than 7,000 years. Shiraz, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot and many other wines are produced here.


Local people in Cappadocia are very nice, friendly and hospitable. Although English is not widely spoken, they are very willing to communicate and help to get around. Everyone who works in tourism speaks very good English.

I could really feel that people who live in Goreme truly care about their little town. They keep it very clean and decorate streets and exteriors, making it look very authentic.


Goreme is a place where one can meet the most stylish and creative travelers, who come there for inspiration and aesthetics. The most famous travelers like Leahliyah, Jack Morris from @doyoutravel, Lauren Bullen from @Gypsealust, Tuulavintage have also visited Cappadocia.


There are two hammams (Turkish bath) in Goreme. One of them is stylish, luxurious, perfectly serviced and the second one is public. I chose to attend the public hammam, hoping to meet local people and experience the culture. It is divided into two parts – for men and for women.

This hammam is not fancy, but I was able to meet some girls from Saudi Arabia. We were talking about families, jobs, traveling while we enjoyed a cup of apple tea together. Where else could this possibly happen?


Cappadocia is a very romantic place. Couples from all over the world come here to spend the most adventurous, romantic and unforgettable holiday in their life. Some couples come here to celebrate their wedding.


Cappadocian nights are cold, dark, quiet and calm. It seems that the black sky descends at night and one could touch millions of stars.

Useful travel tips:

How to get there: There are two airports in Cappadocia – Nevsehir and Kayseri. You can fly there from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines or Anadolujet. It is best if you order a shuttle bus directly to your hotel. Usually, hotels take care of this upon request.

Where to stay: There are many traditional hotels built in the caves. I loved Sultan Cave Suites the most. It is a wonderful boutique hotel with a beautiful terrace on its rooftop, great breakfasts, amazing staff and wonderful traditional rooms. The room we stayed in was over a thousand years old.

Swimming pools: There are swimming pools in these hotels: Celebek Cave Hotel (near Sultan Cave Suites), Local Cave House Hotel, Goreme Anatolian Houses, Doors of Cappadocia Hotel, Shoestring Cave House.

Scooter and ATV rental: Hitchhiker

Best restaurant: Seten Anatolian Restaurant

Hot air balloon flight: The best company that operates hot air balloon flights is Butterfly Balloons. This is a boutique company, they have smaller baskets and British pilots.

The best carpets are Sultan Carpets

And the best place to take photos with carpets is Galerie Ikman

Wearing: Natasha Fishchenko

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Location: Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey. Sultan Cave Suites hotel.

Photographers: Vitaliy Pototskiy, Veronica Potoska

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  • Reply Robin Masshole mommy September 8, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    This is such helpful information for people traveling there. I’d LOVE to go there someday!!

  • Reply Kristin September 8, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I can’t get over your stunning photos. What an incredibly beautiful place. I can only imagine how special it was to visit!

  • Reply Rebecca Bryant September 9, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Wow this is gorgeous. Love all the balloons flying by. So magical.

  • Reply Liz Cochico September 9, 2016 at 2:31 am

    What a beautiful place to visit. I agree with Rebecca, it looks magical. I would love to go one day.

  • Reply Kiwi September 9, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Now this is a beautiful sight. You captured it so beautifully. Now I have a bucketlist request to visit here. Do they do this weekly?

  • Reply Karen Coghlan September 9, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Yes, I agree beautiful, can we trade lives? lol.

  • Reply Caroline September 9, 2016 at 6:07 am

    This looks absolutely dreamy! Too good to be true! I’m obsessed with this!

  • Reply Amazing Life Daily September 9, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    It makes sense. A valley that is a perfect staging ground for hot air balloons. As beautiful as they are, it becomes even better when captured with houses I have never seen before. Houses built in rocks? Stunning photography and amazing colors (the one where you are shopping).

    I can see why it is a good place for lovebirds too. Cool night air and wine. Life is good, isn’t it?

  • Reply Sam Coronado (@followyouroad) September 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    The place does look dreamy! It’s like the stuff of millennial travel stock photos. I, too, can’t believe it’s real. In the Philippines we also have hot air balloon festival. But I find Cappadocia much more romantic.

  • Reply Elizabeth O. September 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    You definitely weren’t kidding when you said ethereal! This place is breathtaking and I would love to go here someday just to savor its beauty. There are so many things to do as well, which is great.

  • Reply Amanda Love September 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    There’s nothing more beautiful than this place! If the pictures can’t convince you to go here then the idea of seeing these in person might. I love that there’s plenty of things to experience. I can only imagine how awesome it would be to ride that hot air balloon and just take in the lovely view!

  • Reply Nicole September 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Oh, that place looks and sounds amazing. I should put this on my bucket list.

  • Reply verushka September 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Cappadocia looks so beautiful ! And you are sure right your IG feed would look amazing after visiting here. This is on my Bucket List especially after falling in love with the Sufi poet Rumi.

  • Reply blythea (Prime Beauty Blog) September 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Cappadocia looks like something out a dream. It is so incredibly beautiful. I love all the colors from the market, the gorgeous mountains and all those hot air balloons.

  • Reply wanderingwagarschristina September 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Cappadocia is really high on my bucket list. Once our youngest is old enough to ride the hot air balloon we will definitely make the trip. I can’t wait to stay in a cave like you did. Loved your outfits too!

  • Reply Tammilee Tips September 9, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I love all the hot air balloons!! What an amazing place to visit and to explore.

  • Reply momi berlin September 10, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Wow. Upon reading this, i would love to dream of that place as well and find it into reality. I would love to travel to Cappadocia and stare at those hot air balloons or admire the charming sun as it sets. The idea of the cave thrills me as well. I would love to forego my other dream destinations as this at the moment is my topmost dream destination. Thank you for the share.

  • Reply Karina Pacheco September 10, 2016 at 1:58 am

    This is amazing. Loved looking at all the magical pictures. Definitely a must visit 🙂
    Putting this on my travel bucket list!

  • Reply rosepetalsinthesea September 10, 2016 at 8:01 am

    I have never heard of Cappadocia, but it is beautiful in every sense of the word! I’d love to visit there someday. 🙂 – HilLesha

  • Reply Ami Bhat September 10, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Interestingly, this is the second post that I am getting on Cappodocia in the last two days. I always knew it for hot air ballooning but now I have discovered how rich it is in terms of nature and heritage too. It is slowly climbing higher on my list. Hope to make it here soon. Thanks for all the lovely information.

  • Reply nilyncartagena September 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Wow! Who wouldn’t want to go here? This place is almost magical! If ever we can visit this place, it’ll surely be a dream come true! I’ve never been to any places outside the PH, but I’m keeping my hopes up that one day, we’ll be able to.

  • Reply Jessica Ayun September 10, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Been seeing lots of posts in Cappadocia. Truly magical and photogenic. I would love to experience the sunrise too, seeing the stunning valleys and the colorful balloons. Planning to go to Turkey and will surely not missed cappadocia

  • Reply Dunja September 10, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I’m absolutely IN LOVE with your photography! This place looks so dreamy. As you said, like a fairytale. I’ll add it to my bucket list <3

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy September 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Beautiful photos, artistic! I enjoy staring your photos as well as reading your post. Sometimes a fairy tale does come true .

  • Reply Me-An Clemente September 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Your photos look stunning. I feel like I’ve experienced the place with you. Anyway, I’ve always wanted to go here. Part of my bucket list is riding the hot air balloon to see the gorgeous view. Thanks for sharing your travel experience.

  • Reply Tom September 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I would go for the the ballons and the hammam. I suppose getting up so early to get those ballon photos was tough but the results look stunning.

  • Reply Thuymi September 11, 2016 at 3:49 am

    I love your blog, the pictures are outstanding. I really have to get back to turkey for this. Went to Istanbul but Cappadocia IS one of THE places to visit

  • Reply Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo September 11, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Wow! What a beautiful place to visit. I also love all your photos because it is beautifully captured. How I wish I could also see a place like this.

  • Reply Subhadrika Sen September 11, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I have seen the hot air balloon experiences on t.v and always wanted to go for that one (even though Im dead scared of heights. ) . You are so lucky you actually got to do it.

  • Reply Tina September 11, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I love Turkey and it seems the best sunrise to have is certainly in Cappadocia watching the many air balloons rise, I love your photos, mystical indeed.

  • Reply The Solivagant Soul (@Thesolivsoul) September 11, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I have always wanted to visit this place, it looks so magical on the pictures. Unfortunately, I have also been a bit scheptical about how touristy it was. Like if everything was simply not staged for foreigners. Anyway, I plan on visiting at some point! Great post hon!

  • Reply indrani September 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Indeed fairy tale like setting! I am amazed by those strange rock formations… nature does speak of unspoken stuffs… 😉 🙂
    Great post, inspired me to pack and set off.

  • Reply Punita Malhotra September 11, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Whenever I see any article or photo of Cappadocia, it always makes me wonder as to how the tradition of the hot air ballooning really started. Your post is great and the pictures are specially lovely!

  • Reply Rashmi and Chalukya September 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Cappadocia is a dream, a surreal place. We have not been able to plan a trip yet so it is a fantasy land for us 🙂 We would love to watch those air balloons rising amidst those fairy tale chimneys. We have a fascination for monasteries, we would be glad to make to Red and Pink Valleys and visit the monasteries carved in the rocks.

  • Reply Rachel Catherine September 12, 2016 at 2:23 am

    What a gorgeous place! I’ve never thought about visiting Turkey and I’m not sure right now is the best time to go, but this is now definitely on my bucket list.

  • Reply Stella the Travelerette September 12, 2016 at 2:25 am

    No wonder you fell in love with Cappadocia! Your photos are truly extraordinary, especially of the hot air balloons. I’ve been on a hot air balloon ride in New Mexico, but I am dying to take a trip in Cappadocia.

  • Reply Teresa Dumadag September 12, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Lovely photos! I also like watching sunrises and sunsets. They look magical. You are blessed to have visited this place.

  • Reply iamsuanlee September 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    This is a beautiful and dreamy place. I can only envisage what it was like to wake up surrounded by sun dappled views and people floating in the air!

  • Reply Alina Popescu September 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I absolutely adore your photos from Cappadocia! If and when I get there, I would surely wake up early every morning to see the hot air balloons. Very sure I’d also go right back to bed afterwards 🙂

  • Reply Alyssa Tuangco September 12, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Wow I’m speechless. This IS a magical place! I super love your pictures! I haven’t heard of this plac before and thank you for this great post! This will be on my bucket list 🙂 i love the hot air balloons and the carpets! Wow

  • Reply Ana Ojha September 12, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Cappadocia looks like a different world, everything looks so dreamy and magical! Your breakfast photo on the roof-top reminds me about Disney’s Jasmine and Aladdin sitting on their magical carpet and having their breakfast! I’ve added this destination on my bucket list and definitely would visit there some day in my life!

  • Reply polly674 September 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I followed your trip there through Facebook and I was impressed by landscapes, sunsets, and wonderful locations you were taking pictures. It’s really like in a middle east fairy tale.

  • Reply Brittany September 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Ok. This is officially added to my bucket list! It looks gorgeous!!

  • Reply CourtneyLynne September 13, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Omg what fabulous photos!!!! Cappadocia Looks like one awesome place. I would
    Love to visit one day!

  • Reply Blair Villanueva September 13, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Hello Veronica,

    Your post makes me dream of Arabian nights, magic carpets, good food and lots of selfie photos. You uplifted my spirit that in spite of those political issues going on in Turkey (talk about the bombing and wars) still Turkey is a rich and beautiful place that everyone should enjoy.

  • Reply fillmypassportblog September 13, 2016 at 3:09 am

    I have been to Turkey, but never got to Cappadocia which is sad since I’m afraid to return to Turkey. I love your photographs and the helpful tips! I truly hope that I can get back to Turkey to enjoy this part of the world once again!

  • Reply Tamz September 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I loved your fancy fairytale description of Cappadocia in the first paragraph
    The photos are truly captivating (something that is synonymous with your blog now) 🙂
    For me, the mention of Pottery Kebab was quite fascinating as I have never heard of it before.
    Honestly, this place is absolutely stunning and one of its kind. Fingers crossed to the day when I will get to visit there

  • Reply Michelle Myers September 13, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    These amazing photos remind me of something from a fairytale!!!! I love that you’re always introducing me to NEW and exciting places to travel!!!!

  • Reply seasaltsecrets September 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Top of my bucket list is being in Cappadocia during the balloon fest. Such a fairy tale brought to life!

  • Reply Brooke (@difkindoftravel) September 13, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Wow this place looks surreal and magical-I’d never heard of this region but it’s definitely on my radar now. Absolutely lovely photos-do you use a professional photographer?

    • Siniciliya
      Reply Siniciliya September 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Brooke, thank you! Both me and Vitaliy are photographers.

  • Reply Eliane September 14, 2016 at 7:58 am

    When I read your post on Cappadocia, the first thing that comes to my mind is dreamful! All the pictures, the ways you describe the place, it just looks unreal and beautiful!

  • Reply sophie nadeau September 14, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I think I’ve seen this place on social media platforms before but it’s still hard to believe that it actually exists in real life! Truly wonderful photos- the light is very well captured!

  • Reply Carmy @ September 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    If you didn’t take those photos yourself, I’d definitely think they were from a fairytale! The balloons going over the the little mountains is postcard worthy!

  • Reply Vedante | The Lavish Nomad September 15, 2016 at 1:07 am

    I have always been a fan of your photography. Every single one of them is beautiful and perfectly clicked. Also, about Cappadocia I have heard so much and definitely seen so much of it on Instagram. Would love to experience it in real life sometime.

  • Reply Sabine | so far so sabine October 7, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Wow this is one of my favorite posts! That air balloon ride looks fantastic. I have to try this one time in my life! I tried many hammams and I love to do that!

  • Reply Thelittlelai: Beyond limits October 7, 2016 at 9:21 am

    It is truly a magical place. I like how the sun met all those balloons that have been flying in a higher place. Beautiful landscapes that I didn’t know it even exist. The colors, the people and everything about this space is just so magical that as if you’re staying somewhere and not in the chaotic world we are living in. I can’t wait to someday visit this place.

  • Reply Carola October 7, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Cappadocia sounds wonderful. I will add it to my travel list. Going with a hot air balloon is on my list. Maybe I can make that happen next year :). Would be so great.

  • Reply kriswanders October 8, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Omg! Your photos are so mesmerizing! I can’t keep from scrolling back and forth to check out the details. You have an eye for photography. If I am just near this place I would totally visit..haha!

  • Reply mumwrites (@vixquips) October 8, 2016 at 2:23 am

    This place is just magical. I have seen a number of features about it and I would really love to visit this with my boys one day soon. It will sure be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a tale I could repeatedly tell my grandchildren about!

  • Reply Eleanor October 8, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Amazing! OMG, your photos really capture moments and breathtaking views that make me travel all of a sudden in a magic carpet. Given a chance to visit this place in the future, I love the rock formations! I guess everything that you showed through your post has inspired me to travel more.

  • Reply Bea De Guzman October 9, 2016 at 5:05 am

    You’re photos are gorgeous. I scrolled 5 times! It made me want to go to Turkey too. The hot air balloons and the cave hotel are definitely like from the different dimension. I’ll add this to on of my honeymoon choices someday. hihi

  • Reply Maaya Legaspi October 10, 2016 at 3:30 am

    The place is truly magical! The picture says it all. I didn’t know Turkey has something like this. It’s like a scene from a long time ago. Hopefully, I can visit this place someday.

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