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By Christine Pemberton
In May 2006, a group of creative folk in Belgium put their heads together and, in their own words, came up with exactly the kind of surreal story that Belgians like so much. They decided to try and create a flying dinner table. And they did. Get a crane, attach a table, 22 chairs, and a cooking station to it, hoist everything and everyone 150 feet in the air, and voila - you have dinner in the sky.

Check out their website for all the practical details: www.dinnerinthesky.com and look at these photos to make you dream.

Dinner in the Sky Image

Nice place settings. Glasses. Silver tureens. Flowers. Yes, all very nice.
But perhaps you're thinking, hmm, those places look a bit close together.
And you would be absolutely right, because this is no ordinary table.
This is a table laid for a dinner in the sky. So, yes, place is indeed a little limited.

Dinner in the Sky Image

Yes, we did say "dinner in the sky".
As in dinner in the sky, like this. Suspended above your day-to-day world, high above the city.
These diners are enjoying their dinner over the Belgian city of Amiens.

Dinner in the Sky Image

At first glance, it's just a group of pretty girls enjoying champagne.
But it's that slightly dizzying view down over the Jaffa coast, and the ocean beyond, that puts the whole thing into perspective. These girls are partying high in the sky in Israel.
Gives a whole new meaning to getting a little bit high, doesn't it?

Dinner in the Sky Image

Champagne flute in hand, the young ladies gaze out over the astounding view of the Israeli city of Jaffa.
The concept of dinner in the sky started in Belgium in 2006 and they now organise dinners in about 40 countries around the world. Forbes magazine apparently described the concept as one of the world's ten most unusual restaurants. Yes, we'd agree with that.

Dinner in the Sky Image

The champagne is chilling in the ice bucket, the chef adds a finishing touch to a beautifully presented meal.
A scene from any top-class restaurant. It's just that this one is coolly serving dinner 150 feet in the air. And the diners are firmly strapped into their seats. .

Dinner in the Sky Image

Music to accompany dinner? Of course, why ever not? Simply hoist the orchestra up 150 feet as well, on a neighbouring crane, and the scene is set for a romantic evening, gazing down on beautiful Budapest, Hungary.

Dinner in the Sky Image

With views like this, it's a wonder anyone can concentrate on the gourmet food and champagne. Talk about a unique bird's eye view over Prague, in the Czech Republic.

Dinner in the Sky Image

Diners hover over Las Vegas, fitting in perfectly to the razzamatazz of a larger than life city. A concept that started in Europe in 2006 has become a perfect export to the USA.

Dinner in the Sky Image

Meanwhile back in Budapest, Hungary, the musicians serenade the diners, who enjoy a unique bird's eye view of the city's historic architecture. They seem to float in the sky, much to the astonishment of the colossal horses.

Dinner in the Sky Image

Diners are securely strapped in. They have a foot rest. They are safe. But if you suffer from vertigo, perhaps avoid looking down at the ground...it is 150 feet below you, don't forget. And note to self : don't wear sandals. They might just slip off.

Dinner in the Sky Image

Suspended over the ocean in Beirut, Lebanon, there is a magical other-world feeling about this scene. 22 people enjoying their dinner, while they are serenaded from below, with the lights of the city as a backdrop. What started as a dream in Belgium to create a flying dinner table, has become...well...a dream come true.





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