Cappadocia is a region in central Anatolia (Anatolia is the Asian part of Turkey, as opposed to the little bit of Turkey on the European continent). Because of its fantastical landscape, Cappadocia is one of the most-touristed areas of the country.
When a volcano erupted thousands of years ago it left the region a series of cliffs and valleys.
During the 300s to 1000s the Byzantines (the eastern half of the Roman empire) built dwellings, cave churches and monasteries in several of the rock formations. They also kept pigeons, collecting their droppings for fertilizer. They carved pigeon holes in the rocks so their pets could roost.
In addition to gorgeous scenery, Cappadocia usually has clear, calm mornings, making it an ideal place to go hot-air ballooning. So I did!