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Lift-off! | by MPOBrien
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I count our Cappadocia hot-air balloon flight as one of life's great thrills.


Here's how a normal flight goes:


The crew picks you up at your hotel before dawn and drives you to the takeoff site. After a chilly dawn launch you float silently above the Cappadocian moonscape dotted with villages, vineyards and fruit orchards for about an hour, coming down in a farmer's field.


The crew retrieves you and the aircraft, then breaks out the bubbly for a traditional champagne toast to a successful aeronautical adventure.

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Taken on July 8, 2010