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Hot-air balloon ride over Valley of the Kings, Luxor 10/30/09

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Uploaded on Feb 9, 2010

Turn your speakers way down on this one. Hot-Air ballooning over the Nile and the Valley of the Kings, Luxor / Thebes, Egypt. This was a lot of fun and it was a really beautiful morning, as you can see. Our ride began at about 6am. At one point, we were led to believe we were about to land, early, in a very tall corn field (or sugar cane field), and you can see this isn't met with much enthusiasm/

I actually love hanging over the basket and seeing that there's nothing beneath us. It's either unearthly quiet when the flame isn't roaring and we're gently drifting, or it's realllly loud. So, turn your speakers down.

Only after I returned from that trip did I see that hot-air ballooning had been halted since May '09 due to several accidents in recent years and too many balloons in the sky at the same time. Under a new law, there's a much lower number allowed up simultaneously and there are now tougher requirements for balloon pilot training and tests. The ban was lifted about 3 days before we went up.

Taken with still camera - Canon SX10 IS

Here's a link to a newspaper story for the " 8:15 " entry I mentioned having to do with the 6 months immediately prior to the day we went up and how, after Egypt's turmoil, safety measures are said to be less tight now. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-ne...

Two months later, they resumed balloon flights, with the Governor of Luxor riding in one to show he had faith in these, after more safety measures were added. See
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/wor...

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