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Paris from the hot air balloon

Published by Nika Logvinova — 4 years ago

After I saw all the must sees in Paris and still had some time, I decided to explore something unusual, somethinig memorable to make my friends jealous (they were already jealous that I saw Eiffel Tower and Louvre but I wanted to enhance their feeling :) ) After a while I found an interesting link to enjoy the view of Paris from the hot air balloon in the Citroen Park.

To tell the truth, it has always been my dream to try air balloon that is why I decided to try it. As I mentioned, it is located in Citroen Park, outside of the center of the city but easily reachable by the subway. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the place, plus, there are signs everywhere. You will not get lost!

Air balloon is indeed big, actually the biggest in France! There are usually up to 10 people going in one time. That is the reason why I suggest going there early: I came at 10 o'clock and I had only 6 people with me. You can also book private balloon but that will cost you around 300 euros..

Balloon is also unusual because it shows the level of traffic in Paris. You can see small cars on the ballooon which can be either green, yellow or red. They indicate how difficult it is to move around in Paris in the real time.

It takes about 3 minutes to reach the top of 700 metres and then you have about 10 minutes on the top. Don't worry that you will fly away, the balloon is linked with the ground :) While being on the top you have indeed a magic view on Eiffel Tower which is in the walking distance from the Citroen Park, factory of Citroen autocars and, of course, all parts of Paris and its beautiful architecture.

The cabin of the Balloon is round so you can see from every side of it. However, I presume that North-East parts are the best.

There are some things you should remember before going to this place:

  • My strong suggestion is to call them before going because air balloon doesn't fly when it is too windy or too foggy. I mentioned the phone which you can state you questions, what is more, the information is available on the website. Surprisingly, people are speaking good english in this company
  • If you are afraid of heights, save yourself and don't go here. Even it is absolutely save on the top, you still feel a bit scared.
  • It is cold on the top so make sure to take hats and gloves; )
  • And of course, don't forget your cameras! It is the most important!

The prices are 12 euros for the adults but they usually have promotional vouchers near the entrance where you can save 1 euro. Children price is 6 euros.

It is absolutely romantic experience and might be an interesting surprise for your friend! Don't miss it!

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