Annual ‘La Foire du Trone’ Carnival Now Open

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Paris’s annual La Foire du Trone, a huge carnival with more than 300 rides and attractions and lots of amusement park food and treats, opened this past weekend in the Bois de Vincennes in the city’s 12th Arrondissement and will be open daily for the next two months. Popular family attractions include roller coasters (including kiddie coasters), a huge Ferris wheel, bounce houses, carousels, track-guided cars, bumper cars, giant slide, haunted house, log flume, scores of carnival games with prizes, acrobats, jugglers and live music. There are also a number of thrill rides for teens and adults that tilt, spin, rotate, fling, spring and roll. And, of course, the fair is ground zero for sweets and treats, including candy apples, churros, marshmallows, ice cream and more. Continue Reading →

Getting Into the Holiday Spirit at Disneyland Paris

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A terrific way to celebrate Christmas while in Paris is a special trip to Disneyland Paris. OK, let’s get this out of the way from the get-go. In no way would I recommend a first-time tourist to the City of Light to take an entire day out of a typically jam-packed schedule to visit the Disney theme park. But, I also know that there are Disney fanatics out there (and I count myself among you!) that place a high priority on visiting Disneyland parks, particularly those outside the U.S. so as to see a “new” perspective on all things Disney. And there are many Americans who make a beeline to Disneyland and/or Disney World each holiday season simply to see the parks decorated from top to bottom for the holidays. Disneyland Paris is a veritable winter wonderland this time of year. Continue Reading →

Another Summer Treat in Paris – Fete des Tuileries

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Another summertime treat in Paris is the annual La Fete Foraine du Jardin des Tuileries (typically just called the Fete des Tuileries), a temporary funfair set up in the Jardin des Tuileries adjacent to the Louvre. Held this year from June 28 to August 24, the festival includes more than 60 “fair-type” rides, attractions and food vendors. Among the rides is the enormous La Grande Roue—a huge Ferris wheel that provides stunning views over the city. Continue Reading →

Can’t Get to the Beach? Paris Brings It to You!

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The notion that everything in Paris closes up for the monthof August is slowly becoming more rumor than fact. The tightness of the global economy means that for more and more Parisians “staycations” are becoming the norm, and these City of Light residents definitely need places to eat, shop and relax. To help Parisians who can’t get to a fantastic beach-front resort, the city literally bring the beach to them. Called Paris Plages (translated as Paris Beaches), the annual initiative creates sand banks along two stretches of the Seine River in the heart of the city as well as a beach around the Bassin de la Villette canal in northeastern Paris’s 19th Arrondissement. A number of free events–plus an opportunity to take a mini beach vacation–draws millionss of visitors every summer. Continue Reading →