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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ballooning over Tuscany

Today has been an amazing experience. One that I will remember forever!



This year I turn the big 5-0. My present to me was a ride in a Hot Air Balloon over the hills of Tuscany. Robert and his wife, Liz, offer Ballooning in Tuscany from Montisi.


We had to be up at the crack of dawn, but it was well worth the early wake up call. We were very much a part of the flight team, getting the balloon inflated and ready for lift- off.

The feel of the air rushing up, the sound of the blast of the flame, the silence of the perfect moment. We saw the green and golden hills of Tuscany from a different view.


Pictures will never do it justice, but it is a moment I will never forget! Jerry and Paul had the video camera running, in case I need a reminder. I'll post pictures when I get off this dial-up!



Ciao y'all!
Sandi

15 comments:

artgirlATL said...

Goodness... I'm enjoying my trip from your pocket. Wish I were there.

Carla said...

Absolutely heavenly. Do enjoy your time. Tuscany is one of my favorite places.

Anonymous said...

Sandi, can't wait for the photos. That's a great bday gift and one that you'll never forget. Happy 50th! Barb Cabot

justabeachkat said...

Oh.My.Word! Drooling here.

Hugs!
Kat

Fran said...

Happy Birthday Sandi! Glad you are having a wonderful time on your trip. Can't wait for the pictures!

Sandi McBride said...

Not sure if I want to be in your shoes or not...but I'm glad you're having such a great time! Make sure to bring back some great Tuscan recipes, will you my friend?
Sandi

Brooke Mac said...

I'm so jealous! I'm glad you're having a great time! You deserve it! Maybe if we're lucky I'll get to travel with you next time.
Lots of Love!
Brooke

P.S. You might need to go on vacation more often! Exciting things seem to happen when you're gone!

Pam said...

Wow! Great way to celebrate your 50th! I celebrated mine by reading an English exam to my students, I think yours was better!

Tonja said...

What a thrill! That must have been amazing! I know it was beautiful...anxious to see the pics! Keep having fun!

Donna Kay said...

Sandi - I know you are having the time of your life!!! I am so jealous!!! I don't think it gets any better than balloning over Tuscany...too much!!!!
Have a great time...I can't wait to hear what else you decide to do!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, I am SO jealous! You are in my very favorite place in the whole wide world. I could stay in Italy forever. I hope you take lots of pics and share them with us. It's been way too long since I've been there, but I'm bound & determined to get back over there with my hubby.

xo,
Rhoda

Mary said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. You'll never forget the experience. I turned 50 this month also and I made myself a bucket list of things I want to do before...well you know...anyway a trip is on my list. I have several places I want to visit. I'm so happy you got to start your 50's with a great trip!
mary

Pamela said...

Ohhh how I wish I could have seen that...my dream but for now I will have to travel through Itlay by way of your photos and adventures

Kim said...

Holy cow! I love that photo and man, do I give you credit; I'm a big chicken when it comes to stuff like that.

Oh, and Happy B-day!!

darnold23 said...

You were the inspiration behind our ballooning adventure in Tuscany. Thanks so much! It was a true highlight of our recent trip. Keep the pictures coming:)

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