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Photo of the week #3 Hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia

Cappadocia (Turkish: Kapadokya) offers one of the most spectacular and surreal landscapes in the world. And it is one of the best places for hot air balloon rides.

The Cappadocian Region is located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey. Wind and water eroding through the volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago has resulted in a fairy tale landscape of cones, pillars, pinnacles, mushrooms, and chimneys!

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And imagine soaring over this dramatic landscape, over the fairy chimneys, peeking into the pigeon holes with snowy mountains in the distance. All around you are almost a hundred colourful balloons painting the sky!

Though a little heavy on the pocket it’s a magical experience! We recommend it.

Photo of the week #2 Kandovan

On the last day of our trip in Iran we happened to visit a unique village called Kandovan near Tabriz in the East Azerbaijan Province.

It is a remarkable example of man-made cliff dwellings which are still inhabited. These are carved out of volcanic rocks and cliffs. It is a small village with a population of around 600 people.

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We spent half a day there, wandering through the steep, narrow paths between the houses, talking to the locals. We were lucky to get into one of the homes – it was that of a local business man who offered to walk us through the village and he could also speak a bit of English!

Kandovan is very similar to the Turkish region of Cappadocia. If you are in Iran and are not planning to travel to Turkey next, Kandovan can be a good alternative to Cappadocia.