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Winter ballooning

Posted by on January 22, 2013

Well it sure is winter at the moment.  With snow flurry after snow flurry I am beginning to believe we’ll be stuck here for a good while!  Russell is flying in Mondovi, where it is sure to be cold but I’m fairly certain he has escaped this winter wonderland.  I am not complaining, I think England is really beautiful when covered in fluffy white snow and it gives us all a good excuse to get our gloves, hats and boots on get outside on the sledge or for a snowball fight.  It reminds me of a flight accross the Alps in Switzerland.  Chateaux D’oex hosts a very fine winter balloon festival where the launch site is literally covered in snow and you have to position your basket and envelope (the balloon bit) using a sledge!

Winter balloon holidays are really great fun and make the best family trip with a twist.  With self catering accomodation near to the launch site it’s easy enough to get up and out for some of the most spectacular balloon flights.  Of course the obligitory fine foods and wine make the experience really special and a ballooning holiday in Champagne, for example, can’t get better than sipping and sampling the finest Champagnes from well known and even smaller independent Champagne houses.

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