It’s day three in Valencia with Uemura, the ‘Artisans of Experiences’ and today we’re in for a real treat.
We were asked to set our alarms for an early start. We left the hotel at dawn and drove inland towards the striking mountains of the Valencian countryside – for a morning’s hot air balloon flight! This was a first for me, and I have to tell you I was really excited.
From the moment we began to float up over the Valencian countryside, as the morning sun ignited the cool dawn landscape with warmth, the 6.30am early start suddenly seemed worth it.
Our pilot pressed down on the triggers and the propane burners roared into life, hot flames reaching up into the huge balloon. Then silence….
It was a glorious experience! Our pilot played a few tricks, such as climbing to some 500 metres and then descending so that the basket brushed the tops of pine trees as we flew over the countryside.
Our landing was controlled and stable – and once out of the basket we toasted our memorable flight with a glass of Valencian cava – after all, it’s never too early to enjoy bubbles; salud!
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