Stéphane Bolze’s hot-air balloon
The view from Stéphane Bolze’s balloon surely makes this the world’s most beautiful balcony. Climb into the gondola of this behemoth just in front of Le Cottage and experience a unforgettable experience with your loved one. Stéphane will take you up amongst the birds, flying over the woods and giving you a close-up insight into the private lives of the stag, roe deer, boars, hares and foxes at La Trigalière. Watch them as they course through the poppy and wheat fields. This wonderful moment will turn you into a pioneer, like the 18th-century Montgolfier brothers.
At the time, Louis XVI declared the pursuit dangerous and outlawed it.
The two brothers proved to the King that hot air is lighter than cold air and that it was possible to fly. They managed to persuade Louis XVI but still he refused to attend the first flight. It was his son, the Dauphin, who represented him on the Big Day. In November 1783, Pilâtre de Rozier flew above Paris for the first time.
You too can become a pioneer, and enjoy the same unforgettable experience!
Stéphane, European Champion balloonist, 6-time French champion, and 7-time world champion, has flown over just about everywhere: America, Japan, Africa, Asia and Australia. All the same, he happily admits that here in the Loire is where he most enjoys ballooning. Why? Because of the animals, the châteaux and the gentle patchwork of plains, lakes and forests. This variety, these riches are unequalled anywhere in the world.