Indeed the earliest rise and shine morning for the hot air balloon ride and now a short stopover at Avanos - the town famous for pottery, ceramics and blue eye stones, separated by the Kizilirmak (red) river from the rest of Cappadocia, the river the longest river in Turkey and rich with red pottery clay. Here it was basically to admire nature from the hilltop, to see those things and picturesque. This short stop was just for 15 minutes or so before we arrived at the cottage carpet factory. Educational indeed to see how the colourful treads were weaved into attractive rugs and carpets
The hidden catch as usual with such tour trips is the marketing or sales to convince you and me to buy the products. For that, we were ushered to the hall and while we sipped the famous Turkey's apple tea, carpets were rolled out and spoken about.
Albeit being told that the carpets you buy will be neatly folded and packed in a bag, I don't think there were takers. First and foremost, why would I want to pay so much and secondly, I don't like carpets because I don't have time to vacuum. My tour guide on the other hand wasn't really pleased with why I wouldn't buy. He immediately labelled me as a lazy person. Mmm!! Like I cared but I wasn't happy with his perception. Anywhere instead of sitting around angrily, I walked to the other little section where there's other things for for sale. Still, I didn't want to spend.
Next: The underground city of Kamakli and Uchisar and The Goreme Open-Air Museum.
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