If I were to describe yesterday in one word it would be flippinghotmessofanadventure. Regret it? Absolutely not. Would’ve done some things differently? Without a doubt. But we made some great memories figuring everything out. If there’s one thing I love, it’s exploring the world with my little family. And yesterday we explored the BFE of Metz, France.
Well, we drove to our hotel and dropped some of our stuff off before driving the 20 minutes out in the middle of flipping nowhere to the launch site. It was a sweltering (yes, SWELfreakingTERING) 98 degrees out and we were already pretty miserable. We thought we’d hang out in the room for a few minutes and eat some lunch that we had picked up at Cora (a huge French chain store that sells wine for dirt cheap…and a myriad of other things). Well, we’re in Europe…during a heat wave…so there is no AC in the hotel rooms. Duh, right? They put us on the top floor and it felt like a jungle in that room. I could literally hear the hoots of howler monkeys. Or maybe it was just the heat exhaustion driving me to insanity! But it was dang hot, people. I’m from Texas. I’ve lived in Okinawa. I’m telling you…it was hotter than a whore in church.
Finally, the sun began to slide into west and it actually became pleasant out. Around 8:30 the magic began to happen, and if you have never witnessed something like this, it truly is magical. The impatience and frustrations were whisked away the very moment those balloons began to rise from into the evening sky. It was just magnificent. Pictures don’t do it justice. They just don’t. The balloons were beautiful and flew right over our heads in a steady stream. One after another, they just kept coming, as if they were growing from the ground.
They do an early morning and evening launch. You can do both or just one. IMO, evening is beautiful and not as warm, but the car situation can be an issue. I don’t see it being as bad in the morning.
The festival is in the outskirts of Metz. We had a little trouble with our Garmin GPS finding the exact address, so we just put the town in and then found it fine. There are tons of people who visit, so we just followed the herd. But here is the official address in case your GPS is smarter than ours:
11 boulevard Antoine de St Exupéry
-Bring a large blanket/quilt and/or camping chairs. The grass is pretty rough out there, and it does pay to get a spot close to the site early.