Hot air balloons take to the skies over Bristol city center on Aug. 6, 2012, in Bristol, England. The early morning flight of over twenty balloons over the city was organized as a curtain raiser for the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which starts on Aug. 9. Now in its 34th year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual hot air balloon event in the city that is seen by many balloonists as the home of modern ballooning.
Author: Edecio Martinez
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