Annual ‘La Foire du Trone’ Carnival Now Open


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 →

Was ‘La Jeune Rue’ a Swindle From the Start?


A proposed “epicurean street” in Paris, dubbed La Jeune Rue, that was supposed to bring together artisanal craftsmen, top food producers, high-end restaurants and designer fashion shops to completely rejuvenate a nondescript area along the Rue du Vertbois in the Marais has turned out to be the nightmare many predicted. The grandiose plans and guarantees of financial support for all those involved with the project—from construction workers and contractors to the chefs, foodmakers and craftsmen who gave up lucrative shops elsewhere to relocate to the planned zone—have completely fallen apart, according to media reports. Continue Reading →

Free Exhibit Chronicles Paris’s 20th Century History

Paris, 1953. By Marc Riboud © Marc Riboud/Magnum Photos

A free exhibit of 150 photographs chronicling the sometimes turbulent history of Paris, its residents, and its challenges and triumphs throughout the 20th century has just been extended by a month so that Parisians and visitors to the City of Light can experience the region’s rich history as seen through the lenses of some of the world’s best photojournalists. Titled “Paris Magnum,” the exhibition includes images taken by 30 photographers from the renowned Magnum photo agency. The photo display, which opened just before last Christmas, was originally scheduled to conclude on March 27, but recently was extended an additional month through April 25. Continue Reading →