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Mondial Air Balloon Festival, Chambly Air Base

Listed under Festivals in Alsace-Lorraine, France.

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This is one of the largest Ballooning events on the calendar drawing balloonists and enthusiasts from 70 countries to the 2007 event in rural Lorraine, France. An estimated 1,000 crews were part of the festivities held over a week, with two accents a day scheduled in.

This is the place to really experience a mass accent or night glow where hundreds of balloons are taking part. It's a spectacular sight to see one balloon aloft, but to see a ballet of several hundred balloons drift gracefully (and skilfully) through the sky, managing to miss each other despite the fact that they look only metres away from disaster. The shows at Mondial are the main attraction, with special night shows set to music one of the most popular events but there are also competitions, but fewer pilots take part, most content to be part of the camaraderie of the event in and around the balloon city which emerges out of the surrounding fields.

Written by  jane_WFT677.

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