Hot Air Balloons in Mainfonds
Hot Air Balloon on a summers day
Like me, you might not want to fly in any Hot Air Balloons but you like looking at them.
I think they look great, in particular when you see more then 10 flying quietly overhead.
When I decided to write about the Balloon competition in Mainfonds I thought it would be good to find out some history
So, here is some of the things I found out about them.
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On Nov 21, 1783, in Paris, France, the first manned flight was made by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes in a creation by the Montgolfier brothers.
Recently, balloon envelopes have been made in all kinds of shapes, such as hot dogs, rocket ships and the shapes of commercial products.
They can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind are known as airships or, more specifically, thermal airships.
A Hot Air Balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air.
Suspended beneath is the gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule) which carries the passengers and a source of heat which is usually an open flame.
The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope.
Unlike gas balloons, the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom since the air near the bottom of the envelope is at the same pressure as the surrounding air.
In today's sport balloons the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the mouth of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material such as Nomex.
That was just a very brief history.
So, if you like to see a
Hot Air Balloon
and you are on your holiday in the
in August it would be well worth visiting a little village called Mainfonds.
Should you be staying with me at
'La Petite Maison'
it would only take you about 20 minutes to get there.
Unfortunatley it will not be happening this year but the next competition is from the 4th August to the 7th August 2011.
It will be the '17ème Coupe d'Europe de Montgolfières'.
Over 4 days you will find all different activities in Mainfonds, including some Motorbike shows.
Hot Air Balloons
normally take off early in the morning and return early evening.
Quite often they pass over my house here in
and it is fantastic to see all the Balloons and the different colours.
My children always get very excited when they see them and I really enjoy watching them as well.
If you are interested, you could actually have a flight during the 4 days.
As soon as I know more about the activities that will be happening in the 4 days I will post them. But I guess that will not be for a while.
Something for you to look forward and come and visit
Hot Air Ballons is not all that is happening here in the lovely South-West-France, but you will find loads of
to do at different times of the year.
Just remember to have some fun...........
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