One of the rewards from getting up at 4:30am.
Up and away.
Using fans and the propane burners to inflate the balloons.
Just before we all piled in.
All 20 of us (plus the pilot) ready for take-off.
Touching (or 'kissing' in hot air balloon jargon) another balloon as we lift off.
All the balloons filing the skies above Goreme.
There were 60 balloons in the air that morning, and it gets up to 80 in the peak summer months!
Starting to get a bit higher.
Looking straight down.
Some lens flare from the early morning sun.
Some of the exposed volcanic rock in the Cappadocia region.
Very calm morning, so the balloons could literally get down real low by the 'chimney' or 'phallic' rock formations.
The actual balloons cost about 350k euro's, and last for 600-700 hours before needing to be replaced.
Cappadocia is supposed to be one of the top 5 places to go hot air ballooning in the world, according to our pilot anyway.
Some more flare.
Luckily the pilot had 24 years experience, so no worries about cruising so close to the cliffs.
Drifting over a wheat field just prior to touchdown.
Opening the top vent to let the air out.
The pilot pouring some champagne after a successful landing.