The wind picked up again this morning so no hot air balloons today. We spent the morning packing up for our airport shuttle pickup @ 8:25AM. After settling the bill, Ramezan, the hotel owner, advised Mustafa, one of the staff, to gift us a hand made (by Ramezan) ceramic plate of our choice.
Speaking of bill – interesting thing is that the hot air balloon ride used to be €160 per person based on the 2019 Fodor’s guide book, but the price decreased to €150 this year, and for some reason we got a discount of €20 per person. So we ended up paying $150 (a third of Africa’s hot air balloon price tag). I suspect the prices went down because of the significant drop in tourism – the law of supply and demand. To be quite honest, traveling nowadays is so much more pleasant. There are no longer any crowds, and prices have come down to earth from the lack of competition.
The trip to the airport took an hour. The Kayseri Airport is much smaller.
The hour packed flight got us to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport (one of the 3 Istanbul airports) in time for lunch in the lounge before our connecting flight onward to Bodrum.
Some views of Turkey from the plane…
Fifty minutes later, we were in Bodrum. We took the Havas bus for 23TL each.
Time from the airport to city bus terminal took 40 minutes. From there we walked 15 minutes to get to our Airbnb.
We are excited to be in a region that has fresh seafood after 3 weeks of meat dishes.
We were looking for a dessert place and stumbled upon Yunuslar Karadeniz.
It looked interesting, and I was up to trying any kind of cheesecake since it is my drug of choice. This originated in San Sebastian in the Basque area, and is much more gooey than the firm NY style cheesecake.
Just as we had left the patisserie, it started to rain and we were caught in a downpour. As we were trying to keep ourselves dry, one of the young shopkeepers told us to wait it out in his shop. One thing I have found about the Turks is that they are one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and we have been on the receiving end of their generosity numerous times since we’ve been in Turkey.