Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine near Trakai Castle in Lithuania

By Cacinda Maloney

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania, Trakai Castle in Lithuania

Champagne at the Baptism of Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

 

“We are here to not only celebrate a successful sail and landing, but to baptize you with Earth, Fire and Wine!”

Say what?

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania, Trakai Castle in Lithuania

Balloon in Vilnius, Lithuania

We landed with a bump, but then we were airborne again and we slowly tipped over. Horizontally, I lay there with green sprigs of grass and dirt touching my cheeks. I was laughing like a silly schoolgirl as I waited for the companion in front of me to remove herself from the wicker basket that we were trapped inside of. Soon it was my turn to crawl out of the box and onto a field somewhere in the middle of Lithuania. Actually, we weren’t just somewhere, we were somewhere near the intended target of Trakai Castle, near Lake Galve, Lithuania.

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania, Trakai Castle in Lithuania

Trakai Island Castle in Lake Galve, Lithuania

This castle is an architectural example of the old Gothic style. At nearly 700 years old, the castle was once home to many Grand Dukes of Lithuania, but now it is a museum.

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania, Trakai Castle in Lithuania

Trakai Island Castle in Lake Galve, Lithuania

Unfortunately, I was unable to visit the castle, as we were diverted high above it all, floating in the air in our giant balloon that carried six of us in a wicker basket across the foggy skies! So all I had was a peak thru the hazy morning air of the most famous landmark in all of Lithuania.

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Balloon Ride over Lithuania

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Balloon Ride over Lithuania

We floated thru the scenery of green Lithuania passing thru fog-covered landscapes with only one other balloon in sight. We soared high above the world to watch the morning traffic to and from Vilnius, the busy and thriving capital below. Soon we drifted over trees, lakes (even heart-shaped ones), homes, and farms.

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Balloon Ride over Lithuania

We were peeking into the backyard of Lithuanian’s wealthiest residents. There were moments when we spotted deer and horses on the horizon. The views were breathtaking and all I could do was stare down at the land below and be thankful that I was here. These were magical moments.

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Balloon Ride over Lithuania

These are the moments in travel that I relish.

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Balloon in Lithuania

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Balloon in Lithuania

After a long wait, our land crew eventually found us in the farmer’s field and motioned us over to the vans as the rest of the crew was loading up the basket and balloon. The pilot gathered us around in a large circle to say these words I mentioned before:

“We are here to not only celebrate a successful sail and landing, but to baptize you with Earth, Fire and Wine!”

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Champagne at the Baptsm of Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

We were all ready for the traditional champagne toast after every known balloon ride, as I thought this celebration would be no different than the rest. But I was in for a surprise as he motioned for the first passenger to kneel down on the ground. He had a fire starter and a bottle of champagne in his hands.

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Champagne at the Baptsm of Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Hmmm… This could get interesting.

Soon enough, the pilot’s assistant bent down on his knee to grab a handful of dirt from the field. The pilot proceeded to grab a bit of hair from the passenger’s head and quickly caught it on fire! Then he dosed the head of the passenger with champagne and smudged a thumbprint of dirt on his forehead! One by one, he went around the circle as he did it to each one in the group! I was trying to avoid the dousing, but at the last minute got caught as the last one in the group. He singed my hair and doused me with champagne and I left with a thumbprint of mud on my forehead!

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Callin ONeal of Travel Yourself getting baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

So there you have it, I have been baptized with earth, fire and wine. We stood together with in the farmer’s field after a magnificent float over the landscape of Lithuania. We sipped our champagne out of flutes and enjoyed this Lithuanian twist on the bond between champagne and balloon rides. Each of us reminiscing about the last time we were afloat.

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Balloon Ride over Lithuania

We all piled into the van and made our way back to Vilnius happy as clams, only to discover that none of us had eaten breakfast that morning since we had gotten up so early to catch the sunrise. Upon arrival, we chose the cutest little French Restaurant in a tiny square around the corner of my hotel to have the best tasting chocolate crepes this side of Paris.

Alas Paradise had occurred that day!

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

French Cafe in Vilnius, Lithuania

Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in Lithuania

Balloon Ride over Lithuania

Just a reminder that all the experiences mentioned here can be had by booking with JayWay Travel. Also, they mentioned that Lithuania has some of the cheapest prices of balloon rides world wide, so there you have it: value luxury at its finest.

Disclosure: My time spent in Lithuania was courtesy of the wonderful host JayWay Travel. My enjoyment of the charms of Southern Lithuania, as I soared thru the air were all my own.

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This is a continuous series on the Baltic Capitals:

#1. Tear Down That Wall – Freedom for the Baltics

#2. Tallinn, Estonia – Vibrant Capital on the Shores of the Baltic Sea

#3. A Medieval Gem – The Schlossel Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia

#4. Top 7 Things To Do in Riga, Latvia

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11 Comments

  1. Samantha June 18, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Amazing pictures Cacinda! Definitely a trip I would love to so!

    • Cacinda Maloney June 18, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks Samantha! It was one amazing trip!

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  5. Heather @ Ferreting Out the Fun July 2, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I’m so sorry I missed this, it sounds like such a cool experience! And those pictures of the balloon ride are gorgeous!!

    • Cacinda Maloney July 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Next time you should try this, it was magnificent.

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