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Breakfast with balloons

August 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Getting out of bed at 4.30am is becoming an annual event for us. We last did it almost a year to the day when we arose before dawn to catch the magnificent mass ascent at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

It's August again, which means one of the major highlights of the Bristol events calendar has returned. You can't really describe me and Virginia as morning people and the idea of waking up so early usually fills us with dread. But witnessing the beauty of hot air balloons gently floating into the sky in the early morning light is well worth the early start! 

We didn't think the experience we had in 2013 could be beaten, but I'm delighted to say the 2014 fiesta has shot into first place!

Strong winds prevented the ascent of many of the largest balloons last year, but the sky were perfect this morning which meant more than 100 were able to take off!

Ashton Court Estate was packed as the nylon beasts including a giant Smurf, a massive football trophy and a huge dragon rose from the grass.

The morning also featured some crazy chaps on solo missions as you can see in the video below. Rather them than me!

Like last year, we celebrated the balloon-fest with a breakfast in the members enclosure courtesy of event sponsor Thrings.

This morning's ascent was a spectacular curtain raiser to our 2014 Fiesta experience and there's plenty more to come. We'll post what we get up on this blog, Twitter and Facebook throughout the weekend. Join us on our adventure!

Words: Dan
Images: Nina

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