The Turkish word for breakfast is kahvaltı, which translates as under-coffee, or food eaten before drinking coffee. Therefore, a traditional Turkish breakfast starts with tea and ends with a cup of coffee. The feast between the two can include bread, butter, olives, salads, yoghurt, cold meats, fruit juice jams, honey and eggs. Hungry yet? All the breakfasts we ate in Turkey were excellent but the one we had in King’s Valley was the best. Ever.
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia
Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia is still high up on my list of epic travel memories. Cappadocia in central Turkey, is known for its valleys and unique rock formations shaped centuries ago by erupting volcanoes. Rose Valley with its pink-hued rocks which deepen as the sun descends; Pigeon Valley; Ihlara Valley and Goreme Valley home to the Open Air Museum. The beauty of the valleys can be appreciated in two ways, either by pulling on a sturdy pair of boots and hiking through them or by drifting, gently above them at sunrise during a hot-air balloon flight on a Cappadocia balloon tour. Which would you choose?
With dozens of underground settlements and thousands of cave dwellings you could hardly accuse Cappadocians of being claustrophobic.
I’d been fascinated by the idea of communities spending months in the underground city so on our first full day in Turkey we visited Derinkuyu, the largest and deepest of Turkey’s subterranean cities around 40k from Goreme.