I decided to post this in My Smug Mug, based on the "things I've seen" header. Watching a hot air balloon do an emergency landing in the Cru vineyards of Barolo is just plain memorable. I happened to be with an 84 year old gentleman, a former mayor of La Morra, who'd lived here all his life - he'd never even heard of such a thing, let alone seen it in his own back yard. Incredibly, not one vine was damaged. The margin for error was less than 2 meters on each side of the basket of the balloon. Wow.
Barolohot air balloon