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.


Lighted by the flame and the setting sun.

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.

Castles and water

In this area, castles are so often link with water, built by a river, a stream, or surrounded by a moat.

Château du Plessis-Bourré, a XV century castle, surrounded by an artificial lake.
chateau du plessi bourré

Plessi-Bourré castle’s entrance.
entrée du plessi bourré

In front of this river (Le Loir), it’s a XI century castle,  château royal de Durtal. There are River Loire (La Loire) and River Loir (Le Loir), La Loire is the main river of the Loire Valley, le Loir is also in the area, but much smaller.
le loir

Royal de durtal castle seen from the bridge.
chateau de durtal

Château de Pornic, a XII century castle, faces the atlantic ocean.  although in serious, it’s in the “Pays de la Loire”, but the castle is not one the Loire valley castles, it situated in the south of the river Loire, where the big river joins the atlantic ocean.  Pornic castle is private, not open to public visited.
chateau du pornic

photos taken on July 2013.

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