A flight by hot air balloon is a childhood dream for many of us. Besides, who hasn’t mentally traversed the African continent in five weeks by balloon, while reading the wondrous adventures in Jules Verne’s novel?
And sometimes dreams come true. We are in an open space, southwest of the town of Kalambaka in the region of Thessaly, central Greece. Looking to the north and east, the huge rocks of Meteora can be made out, standing majestically like timeless monuments between the mountains of Koziakasand Antichasia.
The first thing we learn is that the point of departure of the air balloon will be determined by the direction of the winds. The staff, with quick movements, unroll the cloth which is inflated with hot air; within minutes, it is converted into a giant balloon. The pilot is in place, and everyone boards the basket quickly. The buoyancy of the balloon is so gentle that we are in the air before we even realize it.
“Who hasn’t mentally traversed the African continent in five weeks by balloon, while reading the wondrous adventures in Jules Verne’s novel?”