Hot Air Ballooning in Provence with France Montgolfieres.
I have always wanted to go in a hot air balloon. I figured I would do it in Cappadocia, Turkey. We have all seen the pictures of Cappadocia’s landscape dotted with pastel balloons. The balloons float through the air as if a single breathe could whisk them far away. It never even occurred to me that we could go in a hot air balloon in France. Then Ashley sent me an article about things to do Provence from Vogue.
Within second we had booked our tickets with France Montgolfières.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and we were waking up at the crack of dawn to go meet our captain and crew. After Arriving in Forcalquier’s town square our names were ticked off and we meet the other fliers. We then hopped into the cutest safari Jeep and were off to the launching point. We came to a pasture where the captain and his crew worked quickly to get the balloon inflated. I felt like we were on a movie set, everyone had their tasks and was playing a part.
The star of the show was the balloon, glowing and growing steadily.
As I watched the balloon increase to mammoth proportions I started to get excited and terrified. I am one of those people who leaps first and thinks later. I am impulsive and tend to just say fuck it let’s do it. So it was only when I was about to jump into the basket, that it downed on me that I was a bit nervous. Luckily, I am never one to let my nerves get the best of me. So I gave myself a little pep talk and told myself there was no backing out.
Once in the basket my nerves started to melt away.
The ride was so smooth I couldn’t even tell I was floating up higher and higher. Neither Ashley or I experienced any sort of motion sickness or any sort of vertigo. We were up for about an hour and a half or more. I can’t be certain because I totally lost track of time. Up there you could see for miles. The view was incredible and a once in a lifetime experience. It was incredible to both see Provence and the lavender fields from the ground and the air.
Even the landing was so smooth we literally dropped onto a field like a dandelion fuzz.
It was a surreal experience made even more better by our amazing captain and crew. While we waited for the balloon to fill they laid out coffee, tea and mini croissants to munch on. And once we landed they popped open bottle of champagne to commemorate the day.
Our captain Fernado was very knowledgeable and experienced. Two things you want when someone is taking your life in their hands. He has navigated balloons all over the world for over 15 years. Fernado did a great job of pointing out the ranges and different landscape in Provence all while making us laugh.
Overall I cannot recommend France Montgolfières enough !!
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