A la Foire du Trone
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In Paris every year, on the Pelouse de Reuilly, there is a carnival that lasts for two entire months. It is the Foire du Trone, so named because it used to be held at Nation, which used to be known as the Place du Trone. 2008 was the 1051st annual Foire du Trone. I ask you; have you ever heard of anything lasting that long?!
I've always liked carnivals, and was looking forward to seeing what a French one would be like...and I was not disappointed to find that it was similar to American carnivals...but the things that were different were what made it 10x better.
For example. The average length of a carnival ride at an American carnival, whether it be a thrill ride or bumper cars, is about 2.5 minutes. The average length of a carnival ride in France is about 11 minutes.
Then there was the Tagada. (Tagada is the name of a candy. After my description of this ride, you can decide whether is is in any way related to the sweet deliciousness of that treat). It's a big circle, and running the circumference is a padded couch. The idea is, you sit on this couch...which can fit probably like 25-30 people, and the circle moves around and around, gathering speed...then stops, tilts, and bounces.
It is my opinion that carnivals are good places to go on dates...so accordingly I went on two dates at the Foire du Trone. On one date I expeienced the Tagada (see above) and on another date I experienced the Skysomething.
So in conclusion, I highly recommend experiencing a French carnival...make sure you go on all the cheesy rides too (the ghost train, the clown fun house...) and definitely have your date win you a stuffed animal (I got a little teddy bear holding out a pink heart on which is written Prends mon coeur). The sandwichs grecs at the Foire are unrivaled, and the affy tapples are so cheap! Only 1euro50!