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Arriving in Geneva almost a week before the rest of the group ..... we toodled around town for several days .... then hopped a plane to Barcelona
to get a bus to the small country of Andorra ( located between France & Spain ). By the way, road transport is just about the only way to get there .
Andorra was the only country in Europe we hadn't visited , so we thought we'd spend several days there.
So we plunked ourselves down in Andorra La Vella for our stay.
View from our balcony
FIRST BALLOON RUN
Up early for a trial balloon run on our first full day in Gstaad.
The weather reports were full of dire warnings all across Europe ... so we were eager to get in the air while we could.
( hoping the weather gods would smile on us & permit fair winds to blow for the festival )
One of the "games" balloonists like to play is "drop the sand bag on the big X ". Of course, putting the X in the castle courtyard makes the game more interesting
Surprisingly ( to us anyway ) ... cheese making is still done by hand
I think Roy has finally found me a job as a "cheese tapper "
Two of the fascinating crafts here are:
Decorating Pewter With Real Flowers ... and Intricate Paper-Cut Designs
These photos show part of our "ground crew" and one of the pilots.
Have to to give our ground crew GOLD STARS for "Hands Across The Sea" actions.
Instead of lolling around waiting for us to ascend .... they helped 20 other balloons take to the skies.
WHAT GOOD BOYS !!!
Oh Yeah ..... this is good !!! ( Our balloons are the 2 blue ones with the flowers on them )
"Good To Go "
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