Unbelievable. Medieval traditions in the present-day fun fairs

There are three major temporary fun fairs in Paris held annually in the capital of France at different times of the year. Today fairs are amusement parks for children and adults but would you believe their origin goes back to the Medieval ages when fairs were of an exclusively commercial nature? 7 fascinating facts trace the story of how fairs turned into a popular family and tourist attraction.

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FÊTE FORAINE DES TUILERIES Image credit: @marc_nouss
  1. First fun fairs appeared in Middle Ages and sale was their original objective. Fun fairs never stayed in one place and constantly moved so that local residents from all over the country could purchase the given products.
  2. Apart from the merchants, only two more professions could place their stalls at the fun fairs: money changers (modern bankers) and stray acrobats.
  3. Little by little, theater groups, jugglers, musicians, travelers, explorers, scientists and even doctors began to join this business company.
  4. By the 19th century, fairs became rather an exhibition of achievements and discoveries than a place for trade. Nomadic zoos and physicians who sold their ointments and elixirs and offered on-the-spot treatment became an integral part of every fun fair.
  5. Dioramas and panoramas appeared due to the growing interest in travel. Thus, one could observe the lifestyle of residents of remote areas and “wild” tribes.
  6. Marketing methods of the Middle Ages fun fairs: in order to attract more people from whereabouts to visit the venue our predecessors resorted to…irresistible smells and music! Their loud music could be heard within a 3 km radius.
  7. Omnipresent fair sweets like Dutch donuts, Belgian waffles, and gingerbread were all invented in the Middle Ages. It is incredible that they are still ranked among our favorite confectioneries.

Parisian Fun Fairs:

  • TRÔNE. Location: Reuilly. Dates: 31st March – 28th May 2017
  • FÊTE FORAINE DES TUILERIES. Location: the Tuileries Garden. Dates: 07th July- 24th August 2017
  • FÊTE À NEUNEU. Location: the Bois de Boulogne. Dates: 1st September8th Octobre 2017

The place where inspiration strikes because the sound of water drowns out the sound of bustling city and even the sound of your own thoughts…

Park Diderot, Paris

At the edge of skyscrapers one can find himself in a marvelous park conceived by one of the most distinguished landscape painters of the 20th century, Alain Provost. Here everything is called to enable reconciliation with nature in the midst of a busy working day, just two steps away from the kingdom of Technologies and Progress.

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Park Diderot, La Défense, Paris

More than 30 plant species including the alpine rose and azalea, water cascade, sports facilities and picnic zones. It is an ideal place to find your “cup of tea” in the vicinity of a vibrant business district of La Défense in Paris.

Location: 92400 Courbevoie, La Défense, France

5 best Instagram pictures from the Bastille Day fireworks show 2017!!!

The celebration of the Bastille Day is over but…now we can admire the best captures of this year splendid fireworks show!!!

The show last 35 minutes and cost €750.000 (information provided by the Mairie de Paris).

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6 fascinating facts about Bastille Day in Paris 2017

The French National Day is annually held on 14th July since 1880. It is an eagerly anticipated public holiday always marked with some extraordinary events, activities and numbers. Here are some of them:

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Bastille Day, 14th July 2017

1. The reported total cost of the Eiffel Tower fireworks show is about €750.000 this year. And while the fireworks itself cost €350.000, all the rest was spent on covering staging, staff and security expenses (data produced by the Mairie de Paris).

2. The traditional Fireman’s Balls (Bals des Pompiers) were set up at about 40 fire stations of Paris and its neighborhoods. The balls are usually held within two days on 13th and 14th July.

3. For the 5th consecutive year a big classical music concert, given by the Orchestre national de France et le Chœur and the la Maîtrise de Radio France, is held on the Champ-de-Mars.

4. 4.000 soldiers marched along the Champs-Élysées during the military parade.

5. Delegations from 76 countries took part in the military parade.

6. About 11.000 policemen were deputed to ensure public security during the festive events in the capital.

 

 

The Eiffel Tower – panoramic view dinner for Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron…

Whilst in Paris for his 24-hour visit, President Donald Trump and President Emmanuel Macron are going to dinner in one of the most famous and scenic restaurants of the French capital, “Le Jules Verne”, that is situated on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower.18512478_474086159600610_7413679672535285760_n(1)

According to the French sources RTL and Paris Match, the American delegation decided on this very restaurant among the many top-notch Parisian facilities.

Donald Trump arrived to Paris at the invitation of Emmanuel Macron to celebrate Bastille Day on 14th July. In the anticipation of the morning military parade on the Champs Elysées the American and French Presidents will take in the luxurious ambience of the restaurant “Le Jules Verne” savouring the delicacies of the house’s Michelin chef, Alain Ducasse.

The restaurant ” Le Jules Verne” is established at the height of 125 meters on the Eiffel Tower. There is a private entrance from the southen part of the Tower. The rules of the restaurant include certain dress-code, namely no T-shirts, shorts or sports-clothes. Beauty and style in everything!!!

Image credit: @purse__onality, @drpulidor, @tikkkkksze / Instagram

Longines Global Champions Tour in the very heart of Paris!!! 

From June 30th to July 02nd 2017 right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, on the Champs de Mars, Paris Eiffel Jumping is taking place.

The Eiffel Tower and the Military School (École Militaire) on the Champs-de-Mars serve as an idyllic background for the temporary stadium during the eighth leg of the the Longines Global Champions Tour.

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Guillaume Canet at the Longines Global Champions Tour, Paris ©

This exceptional event was also marked by skilled performance of the famous French actor, Guillaume Canet, who has been riding horses since his chilhood and even performed once with the junior French National Equestrian Team.

Image credit: @longinespariseiffeljumping / Instagram