After my morning meditation today, I asked myself, “What would I like today?” Then I wrote “fun fun fun” – countless times. Ask and it is given ! Later in the day I ended up at the Fête des Tuileries, which this year began 25 June and will end 28 August. It felt really quiet, which actually it has all summer. Until last week it has been a relatively cool summer. Indeed, Paris Plage and its attractions received less of a turn-out this year, which could have been due to the cool weather. These days we are experiencing a bit of a heat wave: 33°C at 10:00 and at 22:00, 36°C (about two times the C plus 30 to = F.°) which could account for the preferences of people to stay indoors cooling, and not attend the Fête des Tuileries. Also, it is the last weekend. I am known to wait for the last days of exhibitions and events. Tourism also was a bit below normal. Unfortunately, ‘a general unrest’ with being in France is suspected as part of the cause for the dip in usual Paris summer tourist activity.
Here you can see four happy legs having fun swinging around in the sky.
The attraction space itself is a strip on the Rue de Rivoli side of the Tuileries Gardens. In some ways it is like an American fair, with food attractions and families – especially children enjoying the motions and discoveries in the attractions offered.
Not children having fun ‘going up …’
Here are some children having fun going up in anticipation of speeding down!
While there are no children here at the moment, being a ‘horse-loving person’, this pretty pony passing the enchanting pink castle is calling my inner child to recall this feeling of fun.
While the children are not engaged here, as this ‘8 ball’ awaits a passenger, I think I’ve never done that… It could be free-flowing fun.
Water was flowing in this pond for little sailors and their buddies. Can you remember this feeling?
And the water theme at ‘Sail Away’ has a beautiful ring to it as the deep blue sea beckons.
Here, the familiar summer stripes are coming and going, looking for fun.
What attraction park would be without at least one giant ape?
Here in the tropical jungle Inca land, some attraction-goers stop to sit on the lap of a ‘small’ jungle dweller. It feels good to rest the hot, tired feet!
Speed calls in the version of these racing vehicles. Some racers just want to stay in the ring.
Tiny racers speed past parents waving goodbye. Such a feeling of competence!
While there are no corndogs here, sandwiches of baguettes and panini accompany a nice, chilled champagne.
The subtlety of selection: serious decision-making going on here – each a different flavour and stained colour of your mouth!
And after all that fun, coming down to earth, returning from a fun-filled, vicariously experienced visit to the Fête des Tuileries!