Hot air balloons championship

I’ve been to one of the flights of Franch hot air balloons championship (Championnat de France de Montgolfières) this year. It was hold in the huge garden of a Loire valley castle.

On my way to the show, I hit to a terrible trafic jam, so I arrived almost late.

Not quite, the balloons were just getting ready.
get ready

getting ready

Everybody was taking pictures.
taking pictures

I’ve managed slip to the front.
montgolfière

montgolfières

Lighted by the flame and the setting sun.
flame

Off it went.
off it went

The castle, Chateau de Brissac, where the balloons taken off from it’s garden, at 18h44, half an hour before the flight.
chateau Brissac

At 20h00.
chateau de brissac

Photos taken on 29 August 2013.