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La Foire du Trone
Dating its origins back to the 10th century, the Foire de Trone is said to be the oldest fair in France. For me it is a shrieking technicolor nightmare, but for many others (upwards of 5 million visitors each year) it is a fun counterbalance to the genteel elegance of Paris. If the thought of eating candy floss whilst being thrown upside down at 150kmh by a machine called the Star Flyer sounds amusing to you, take a trip out to this site alongside the Bois de Vincennes!
Until May 30th
Pelouse de Reuilly, 75012, M° Porte Doree then free bus service.
It’s too late to sign yourself up now as a competitor, but not too late to go and cheer on the runners. The route is an attractive one and the event is always a colourful spectacle. The best places to watch are apparently at the Place de la Bastille where you'll see the runners pass by twice, or at the bottom of the Trocadero where they really begin to suffer!
Les Dimanches au Galop
Each Sunday this Spring, one racetrack in the Paris region is organising an ‘open day’, enabling spectators to experience a day’s racing for free. This Sunday, it is the turn of the famous Longchamps racetrack. As well as a full programme of racing, there will also be attractions for all the family. As an additional bonus, Gina Rarick, who I met last September, may have one of her horses running too!
Sunday 11th, from 12pm
Hippodrome de Longchamp (M° Boulogne Jean Jaurès)
Like the CentQuatre arts centre where this event is taking place, the idea behind the Festival Nemo is a little blurred. It has nothing to do with Clownfish, but is instead a celebration of digital art - in other words, a mixture of 'new cinema', graphic design, music video and live performances. It does have the advantage of being free and will surely provide an interesting reason to visit the somewhat out of the way CentQuatre.