Trapped in the centre of Bristol by the craziest Balloon Fiesta traffic ever, we abandoned our plans to head out to Bedminster (or even up to Clifton and the Downs) to view the mass balloon ascent and ended up with some of the best views we’ve ever had of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.
We laid claim to a bench on the Harbourside and watched as balloon after balloon slowly rose from behind the flats and offices. The Fiesta website said 70 balloons went up and I reckon we saw about 50 of those. It was glorious.
Due to the wind-speed we only saw a couple of the special shape (ie novelty) balloons, the penguins and the very peculiar dragon cube that seems to be advertising a pallet company?! I am crossing my fingers that the Minion and pirate ship will be able to make one last flight tonight but I know that they’re the trickiest of all to fly.
The balloon forecast for tonight–and I cannot stress enough how awesome it is to live in a city where there’s a balloon forecast–is for the balloons to swoop over NE Bristol, so out in my neck of the woods. This will be the last ascent of the festival so fingers crossed that the fickle winds are kind to us!