Our European Balloon Adventure began on May 24 with our arrival in Esbjerg, Denmark. It ended on June 4 with our final flight and farewell dinner in Bern, Switzerland.
On each of these days, Europe observed holidays, celebrating an ascent on the first day and a descent on the final day.
Italian painter Andrea Mantegna painted Jesus Christ ascending to heaven 40 days after His Resurrection. Completed around 1464, the painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.
According to Christian belief, Pentecost marks the time when the holy spirit descended upon the apostles 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The scene is depicted on this Psalter of Ingeburg of Denmark in the Musée Condé in Chantilly, France.