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 Post subject: It's a Balloon World After All
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:11 pm 
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A new balloon project starting on January 2nd 2018, I will be taking a virtual journey around the world visiting a different country each week.


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 Post subject: Re: It's a Balloon World After All
PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:33 pm 
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It's a Balloon World After All - France

Bonjour and welcome along to my brand new balloon challenge for 2018. For this project I am going to be making a virtual journey around the world visiting a different country each week. For my first week I am starting off fairly local to my home country by visiting our neighbours, France.

France is really well known for its fine dining and wine so I felt I needed to include some of these in my picture, as you can see I have the grapes which eventually get turned into wine plus I have included the croissant and baguette. The little man I have made is not wearing the traditional national dress of France, and I must confess that during my many visits to France I have never seen anyone wearing the stereotypical stripy jumper while riding a bicycle, it is however what many people think of when they imagine a Frenchman so that is what I did.

Finally I had to include one of the most famous landmarks in all of France, the Eiffel Tower, This marvel of engineering stands in the centre of Paris and has dominated the skyline for 130 years. I made my Eiffel Tower in red so that the complete picture includes the 3 colours from the French flag.

Next week I will be travelling a bit further from from my home to a country that is home to the Volcano Rabbit.

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 Post subject: Re: It's a Balloon World After All
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:37 pm 
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IT'S A BALLOON WORLD AFTER ALL - MEXICO

Buenas tardes a todos, I hope you are all well, This week we are taking a look at Mexico, or as it is officially known The United Mexican States. Mexico has a diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, jungles plus some wonderful beaches on the Pacific and Gulf coasts.

One of my favourite traditions is the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead, A festival to remember and pray for friends and family members who have died and to help them with their spiritual journey, to honour this event I have included my Day of the Dead Skull.

I have always imagined the food in Mexico to be full of flavour and colour, I know that Corn is a major ingredient however I felt that the Chilli was an iconic Mexican food ingredient which I had to include. The Guitar represents the amazing music of the country including the well known Mariachi bands, and with over 1000 different types of Cactus found in the country I felt that a Cactus would be perfect.

This week my little balloon man is wearing his Sombrero, the perfect hat to keep him cool and shaded in the intense Mexican heat. Next week I am heading back to Europe to the home of the Grandiosa frozen pizza.

Hasta la próxima semana, Adiós

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:45 pm 
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It's A Balloon World After All - Norway

Hei alle, hvordan har du det? This week I am taking a look at one of my favourite places in the world, it is Norway. Norway is a country full of fascinating history and culture, it is also one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The main thing I wanted to include was a Norwegian troll, here I have made a cave troll, very different from the current popular troll seen in the movie and as toys as those originate from Denmark. Norwegian trolls date back thousands of years and come in all shapes and sizes, they are often dim witted and slow but can sometimes look a bit like human beings too. These days Trolls are described as dangerous and they should be avoided.

Tourism has become a huge business in recent years and part of this is due to the Whale watching trips that take place throughout the year. There are 21 different species of Whale that visit the waters of Norway from Dolphins and Orca to Blue Whales and Humpbacks. As you can imagine fishing is also a major part of the cuisine with Salmon, herring, trout and cod being the main catch.

The history of Norway is dominated by the Vikings, the Viking age started in the year 793 and Viking settlements could be found all across Scandinavia. I have included a viking shield in my picture along with the whale and the school of fish.

Finally my Norwegian lady is wearing the traditional Bunad, an elaborate costume with embroidery, typically it is worn with scarves, shawls and hand-made silver or gold jewelry known as sølje.

Next week I am heading somewhere much warmer than Norway, it will be my first African country and is the worlds largest exporter of Sardines.

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