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    Posted January 18, 2013 by
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    Travel photo of the day

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    Up, Up and Away!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     krd42 captured this scenic shot while on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey. "It’s hard to sum up the experience in words, but the first one that comes to mind is that it was surreal," she says. "The ride was a mix of fun, excitement and a strange sense of calm." This image was selected as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for May 7, 2013.
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    The experience of watching dawn break over the misty Cappadocian valley from a height of 1,000 feet as 100 other hot air-balloons glide ahead can only be described in one word - surreal. With its bizarre ant-hill like structures (aka fairy chimneys) and valleys that look like melting vanilla cones, Cappadocia seems like the perfect setting for a Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale. This was stop number two on our two-girl Turkish adventure and our two days here were simply breath-taking. And so was the hour long flight which ended with a champagne toast at 7 am and hide-and-seek among the folds as we helped pack up the balloon.

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