The summer fairground returns to Paris, bigger and better than ever
By Catherine Bennett
Can you smell waffles? Must be the return of the annual fête foraine (summer fairground) in the Tuileries – for its 30th anniversary, no less. This year's Fête des Tuileries is shaping up to be the best and biggest one yet: the site will feature around 80 different attractions, including bumper cars, trampolines, climbing walls, giant slides, zip wires and ghost trains. Merry-go-rounds of various stripes are the stars of the show: you'll have the chance to mount a vintage carrousel dating from 1900, as well as a zippy modern 6G – a merry-go-round that merrily goes round at the breakneck speed of 140km/h. And if you're flagging slightly, seek out a sugar rush from one of the many food stalls serving fairground staples – crêpes, beignets, churros, ice cream and that perennial childhood favourite: candyfloss.
La Fête Foraine des Tuileries will be held in the Jardin des Tuileries until August 24. Entry is free; rides, food and refreshments, unsurprisingly, are not. For more information (in French), click here.