This is it, the big day! The morning of my hot-air balloon flight, I receive a text message confirming the flight at the end of the day… It will indeed take place at sunset! After all, flights depend entirely on weather conditions. Don’t worry, when flights are cancelled, they’re immediately rescheduled. The message also tells me the take-off site chosen by the pilot… This is chosen according to wind direction, to avoid the airspace around the nuclear power plant and Bierset airport, which are off-limits to hot-air balloons.
Great, the balloon takes off from a site I particularly love in Terres-de-Meuse, the Haut-Geer Nature Reserve. Beautiful scenery and an unusual adventure in the air in prospect, I’m looking forward to it!”
Arriving at 7pm at the site, we meet the group, the pilot and his team and receive a short briefing on the course of the flight and safety. The field is wide and clear, with no obstacles to impede the two hot-air balloons. A few explanations later, the group is invited to head for the gondolas. Excitement grips me… It’s time for inflation!