As I've mentioned in a couple of previous posts, we were so delighted to be able to spend a few days in Albuquerque during the annual International Balloon Fiesta. The event attracts balloonists and spectators from all over the US and world, and it's the biggest, most important of its kind. And we were there!
Not wanting to worry about driving and parking, we didn't actually go to the park and go "in" to the Fiesta, but since the balloons are visible all over town, you don't have to. We were able to see some of them from the Airbnb where we were staying on the west edge of the city, but by riding our bikes over close to the park, we were able to get some amazing views and great shots of the balloons with no parking hassles -- and all for FREE!
Here's an example of what we could see from where we were staying, just by walking a block or two down the street for a more open view. It's amazing to see all these balloons en masse.
There were different themes every day, like "children's day", "special shapes day", etc, but we saw most of the same or similar balloons every day. We took so many photos I'm breaking this post up into two parts. So, here's part 1. It was cloudy this day, which just happened to be "International Day", with balloons from many nations being flown. So although the background isn't great on these, the balloons are still gorgeous, so I did want to post the better photos. Enjoy!
The photos in this post pale to what we'll post in Part 2: The sky was bluer and the balloons appeared even brighter, so stay tuned!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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