Montgolfière en France

I had the opportunity to do some hot air ballooning recently. A wonderful experience and one I’ll definitely want to repeat, especially in the Alps. We took off from the chateau de Fontainebleau and landed an hour later somewhere southwest from there, where we were treated to champagne by candlelight. In the spirit of ending our flight with une coupe,  I made a cake au fromage de chévre, avec olives et tomates. For when the knees get jittery after une coupe on an empty stomach!

cake au fromage de chèvre avec tomates et olives


If you’re interested in seeing two sketches of this flight, you can go to Aricantapestry.



…stretching out the toile…

…let in some air…

france montgolfière

…propane gas…

…80 days to go…

…into the sunset…



…handsome crew…

au revoir!

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21 responses

  1. Bonny

    This looks like a really fabulous adventure!! That’s definitely something I want to try some day!!!

    I love your sketches, too, Ronell. I wouldn’t dream of trying that up there, either!!! I’d be too busy enjoying the experience ;)) Glad you did them afterwards to share with us.

    02/10/2008 at 17:16

  2. Oh wow! Thanks for sharing all the pictures! I’ve never had the opportunity to go up in a balloon, but it looks like marvelous fun!

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

    02/10/2008 at 17:58

  3. Oooooo! so glad to have YOU back in the blogging world!! I just had to come here and see the balloon photos…. loved your drawings too by the way.
    the cake looks yummy….. I saved the recipe and may give it a try!

    02/10/2008 at 21:44

  4. Jean

    What a lovely several days of posts. There is joy in your words, your photos, the recipes. Clearly you are on the mend, and amen to that. As for the cake, I have spent the entire week with a visiting daughter, but we must make this before she leaves to return to her family. Thank you for it and for being back.

    02/10/2008 at 22:15

  5. caseytoussaint

    How exciting! That’s something I’ve been dying to do for ages but haven’t had the nerve so far. I loved your pictures.

    03/10/2008 at 11:12

  6. I would love to go up in a balloon, looks like it was amazing. Love the paintings too.

    03/10/2008 at 12:32

  7. Good for you ! make every moment count. Cheers Rosemary

    04/10/2008 at 22:10

  8. How fun. One day!

    04/10/2008 at 23:36

  9. giz

    The cake is absolutely amazing – I love the flavours in it and it looks dense and wonderful. Hot air ballooning looks like such fun. After Psychgrad almost took out a tree hot air ballooning, I thought maybe I just would leave it alone.

    07/10/2008 at 04:10

  10. Ronell, this is magical! I wish I was brave enough to get in one. I’m sure the experience is spectacular.

    07/10/2008 at 17:43

  11. To go on a hot air balloon is my hubby’s ultimate dream…imagine if I can bring him to France to do it!!!! I however suffer from fear of heights…….

    A lovely cake too….I’d love to try it soon!

    08/10/2008 at 04:32

  12. The cake looks fabulous Ronell. But I get scared just looking at those balloon photos. I would have had to drink all that bubbly before I could get into that basket.

    Glad it was a spectacular experience for you!
    “80 days to go” Cute!

    11/10/2008 at 20:42

  13. Oh that cake looks delicious! I too have been hot air ballooning and it was a wonderful experience – although I expect a trip over the alps would be a lot more exciting!

    13/10/2008 at 14:49

  14. That ride in the sky must have been simply spectacular!

    14/10/2008 at 02:12

  15. That looks amazingly fun and what beautiful scenery. I once had the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara. It was at dawn and very quiet and serene.

    21/10/2008 at 22:55

  16. What a magical experience and I am sure the views were magnificent! I can’t wait to try your accompanying recipe. It looks delicious.

    25/10/2008 at 22:54

  17. Oh Ronell, how lucky you are! I have always wanted to go hot air ballooning but am too chicken to try it ;-) I like how you did it in style with champagne and snacks too. *Love* the savoury cake and have already bookmarked it :)

    27/10/2008 at 14:09

  18. Wow, what an adventure – I dream of ballooning. Really love the look of the loaf… on my list to try.

    31/10/2008 at 09:14

  19. How did I miss this post?What a great adventure and the bread sounds heavenly. Once I convert the measurements, I’m going to give it a try. The recipe illustrations are quite charming, too, Ronnell!

    11/11/2008 at 23:05

  20. MMMMMMMMM…That cake looks so appetzing!! Yum Yum!!! Wow!! Air -ballooning!! How lovely for you!!

    Beautiful pictures too! I just stumbeled onto your lovely blog & I am glad that I did!!

    22/03/2009 at 09:47

  21. Hi Ronell, I wanted you to go and take a look at my latest post, its all about you, I hope you don’t mind, hugs.

    02/12/2009 at 21:48


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