In July John and I took our first ever trip in a hot air balloon.
It was a glorious evening and we met our fellow balloonists on the outskirts
of Amboise in the Loire Valley.
We all had to lend a hand in the preparations for take off.
Then we spread the balloon out flat on the ground.
Standing back and taking a breather!
It was a popular evening for ballooning and ours wasn't the only balloon being inflated by the industrial fans.
After about 10 minutes the balloon was inflated and the burners were switched on.
Then we clambered into the basket and within seconds we were floating in the sky
heading towards Chenonceau chateau.
It was a wonderful sensation to be so high up looking down over the beautiful chateau and the river Cher.
As we approached we had a lovely aerial view of the gardens.
Then our pilot flew us over the surrounding woodland and vineyards. It was very peaceful (except when he put the burners on!)
All too soon our journey was over and we landed safely in a field.
Back on terra firma.
It was a fabulous experience and naturally we had a champagne toast to celebrate!