Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

I’d heard it a million times, but until I actually visited Turkey this past spring break, I didn’t quite realize just how it incredible and beautiful it is. Finally, I took the dive and decided to see it for myself and planned a visit to Istanbul and Cappadocia.

With flights out to Istanbul from Houston going for less than the price of a ticket to San Francisco, I decided it would be worth it to give Turkey a try this March, for my weeklong spring break. As I made my way through Istanbul, there was a beautiful energy I couldn’t describe. Scents of delicious spices and food wafted through the air as the sounds of boat horns echoed through the breezy streets. Street markets in Kadiköy sold a mountain of fruits and vegetables, some of a variety I’d never seen before. And of course, I’d spend nights sitting in local restaurants, listening to the upbeat sounds of Turkish folk music while indulging in the amazing people-watching that came along with it.

The Stunning Interior of the Blue Mosque - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

The Interior of the Hagia Sophia - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful PhotosThe Streets of Istanbul at Night - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

A Street Stall in Istanbul at Night - Beautiful Istanbul and Cappadocia

Samples at a Food Stall in Istanbul - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

The Streets of Taskim in Istanbul in Black and White - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

Fish for Sale at the Market in Istanbul - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

A View of Taskim in Istanbul from Across the Bosphorus - Beautiful Istanbul and Cappadocia in PhotosSeagulls Flying Over the Bosphorus in Istanbul - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

Then, I jetted off to Cappadocia, a completely different planet than Istanbul. As I stepped off the plane, miles of desert-like plains and giant rock formations surrounded me. It was almost like being on Mars, except probably much better because of the crisp air and cool breeze. A great majority of the houses are built into the land, and there are some that have rooms with cave walls and flat roof terraces. I stayed in a tiny town called Ortahasir in a cave hotel resting just underneath the city’s famous rock castle, one of the highest points in the entire region.

The Mars-Like Landscape of Cappadocia - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

The Rock Formations of Cappadocia - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

Yet, the most breathtaking part of my week in Istanbul and Cappadocia was getting into a hot air balloon and seeing the eerie, unique landscape of Cappadocia from above. Words can’t quite describe the feeling of being in a hot air balloon, but drifting seems to accurately paint the picture. Before 6 o’clock in the morning, we were hundreds of feet in the air, marveling at the picturesque area until the sun’s rays began to shower our faces with light. The photos I took are just a mere glimpse at the raw beauty of this mysterious place. It was a marvelous spectacle, and a morning I will never forget.

Hot Air Balloons Above Cappadocia - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

The Sunrise Over Cappadocia with Hot Air Balloons - Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

 

Have you ever experienced the beauty of Istanbul and Cappadocia?  What was your favorite part?

 

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Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

27 thoughts on “Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos”

  1. I can’t believe it was cheaper to get to Turkey than San Fransisco! How insane is that. I’d love to do a two destination holiday in Turkey like this, was a week long enough or could you have had longer? Your pictures really are beautiful as are your descriptions of Istanbul 🙂 New fan here xD

  2. Ahh this post got me all nostalgic again! I spent a few weeks last summer studying abroad in Turkey and it is just such a beautiful country. I want to go back to Istanbul someday so badly. I miss waking up to the call to prayer and walking through the courtyard that separates the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. And I did not get to do the balloon ride in Cappadocia so of course I want to go back for that. We did go through some of the underground cities though which was really cool (:

    My most recent blog post is actually about my experience walking through the Hagia Sophia and the impact it had on me.

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