Fete des Tuileries; Summer Carnival at the Louvre
Summer is officially here and no summer agenda is complete without a visit to the town carnival! Candied apples, Ferris wheels and all your favorite games make for a perfect summer evening. When I thought this age old tradition couldn’t get any better….what about including a view of the Louvre!
The thing I love most about Paris, there is always something new to discover. Many of the city events I have been to were only because I happened to walk past a sign or new stage being set up to find out what was going on. It was not until the other day that I noticed the giant Ferris wheel right next to the Louvre and said to myself, “When did that show up?” At the time I noticed the addition to the Paris skyline, I was running and wasn’t able to check it out. So, finally this weekend I went to see what it was all about and was thrilled to find a huge carnival, the Fete des Tuileries setup in Jardin des Tuileries.
The free Fete des Tuileries, is centrally located at Place du Carrousel and filled with all your favorite carnival traditions; games, rides, cotton candy, hot dogs and lots and lots of sweets.
Rides vary from the bumper cars to children’s swings and even an insane spinning, tower of horror. Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little but if you are brave enough, I will gladly watch you take this one on from the ground.
Games start as simple as a claw machine to spinning a wheel for TV’s and iphones. There are some new games I am not as familiar with but one thing that was extremely noticeable was the lack of giant stuffed animals to be won. Something I had become accustomed to in the US but as I now know how small Parisian apartments are, I don’t know where you would store one!
I was so excited to jump right into the fun I didn’t know where to start. Carnivals have always been one of my favorite summer traditions but I never thought I would be enjoying them while staring at the Louvre! I thought no better way to start my French carnival than with a gaufre (waffle) smothered in Nutella.
After devouring my gaufre and playing some games, I walked around to see what other French twists there were compared to the American carnival. Delicious crepes, fresh beignets, gaufres, gelato and of course, espressos and cappuccinos, were the most prominent but everything else was very similar.
I left the carnival excited to come back another time. Although there is so much to do in the city and so many new places to visit, it was great to find another fun summer activity with a little taste of home.
If you will be in Paris this summer and looking for an alternative cheap night out, the Fete des Tuileries is open until August 24th, 2014, everyday until midnight. Metro: Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre