Jo’s Monday Walk2017-Wk-15

Hot Air Ballooning,


On Tuesday evening we checked into a

Melbourne Hotel for the second time in 5 days

and prayed for good weather the next morning.

This week we chose the

Grand Chancellor in Lonsdale Street.

 I think the Grand Chancellor is a bit older than the apartments

we booked last week, however it more than compared to

many of the European Hotels we stayed at last September.

Lonsdale Street at 0430 Wednesday morning, waiting for…

The Picture This Ballooning mini van to collect us.

After a quick coffee and paperwork…there is always

paperwork these days…we drove to the launch site

and began to help prepare the balloon.

Helping was voluntary and unloading the basket

only meant a bit of a tug as the trailer moved forward.

Once it had tipped up like this the pilot gave us

some more safety commentary after which the trailer

was pull clear of the basket.

I always thought that hot air balloons were filled with hot air!

Wrong again…but don’t tell MGW.

The only air in the balloon at this stage is  cold air

being blown in by that large red fan beside the basket.

More next week.



Jo’s Monday Walk

5 thoughts on “Jo’s-Monday-Walk2017-Wk15-Hot-Air

  1. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : Around Salir | restlessjo

  2. Oooh, I’m excited! I always wanted to go up in one of those beasties, especially since my trip to the Bristol Balloon Festival a year or two ago. 🙂 🙂 Many thanks, Woolly. Fly high! (and Happy Easter!)


    • I was excited also Jo. And having completed my first flight I would definitely recommend you talk to some of the pilots at Bristol. If you run into an Andrew, a pilot, ask if he flys in Australia. He may have been our pilot. Both pilots for the day were from the U.K. or Europe. And a Happy Easter to you also. In a couple of hours were are off for a traditional family get together of Good Friday fish and chips

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