Saturday, August 28, 2010

Magical Balloons on the Move




Last night I visited the Plainville Balloon Fest for the “balloon glow” at dusk and as always, I was truly mesmerized.  I’m not sure if it’s the size of the balloons, the spectacular colors or the sound of the blowers heating the air but either way, I am instantly transported back in time.  As a child growing up in New England, hot air balloons floating over our house were a common place occurrence.  Normally we would hear them, long before we would see them and often we would pile into our family wagon to join the chase vehicle following the balloon so we could witness the landing.

Now as a travel specialist I am often arranging balloon rides for my clients.  Floating high above the plains over the Maasi Mara in Kenya while on a Micato Safari, drifting slowly over Burgundy’s Medieval Castles and gazing onto the excitement of the Palio horse race in Sienna with Buddy Bombardare just a few of the adventures I have arranged through the years.  Each time my client return with amazing stories of herds of elephants and zebra, picturesque views of the landscape and life-long memories from above.  Ballooning will always hold a special place in my heart as I continue to share this excitement with my clients, family and friends.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Venturing to the Happiest Place in the World!


I have always dreamed of venturing to the furthest, most exotic regions of the earth and when a chance to visit Bhutan presented itself, I jumped at the opportunity.  What could be better than a country whose chief economical indicator is the GNH or the Gross National Happiness?  

As we left Delhi, we had great anticipation and a real sense of wonder for what lay ahead in Bhutan. The scene at the International terminal was much more chaotic than the domestic terminal. The airline recommendation was for coach class travelers to arrive three hours prior to departure and business class travelers to arrive two hours prior, so when we arrived and saw the scene at airport security, we quickly understood.  Had it not been for a friendly security guard taking pity on us, the flight would have left us behind and because of the limited schedule of Druk Airways (the national airline of Bhutan and ONLY carrier servicing the country) we would have been out of luck for at least (3) days.  The flight aboard Druk Airways was absolutely exceptional.  Very modern, extremely clean and incredibly friendly, as you would expect for Bhutan.